In Télesphore, the glowing color of a person’s palm determines their place in society, and touching hands with another mixes the colors permanently. When sixteen-year-old Bruno accidentally kills a royal soldier, he goes from favored to fugitive. Now Bruno’s only chance at survival is to become someone else. That means a haircut, a change of wardrobe, and most important, getting rid of his once cherished Blue. Now he’s visiting parts of town he never knew existed, and making friends with people he would’ve crossed the street to avoid only weeks ago. At the last minute, Bruno’s parents arrange a deal to clear his name and get his life back. All Bruno has to do is abandon those in the Red slums that look to him as a leader and let an innocent Green boy die in his place.
An Uncommon Blue is a very unique take on social classes and how people tend to look down on others based upon their standing alone. The color of your fire determines how good or bad your future will be. If you’re born a Blue, consider yourself fortunate. And if you’re a Red, well, good luck (because you’ll need it).
The world of Telesphore is interesting, I would like to see more of it explored in book two because I didn’t get a full understanding of the world, including the Ulfish people (I’m a little curious about them). The characters, I thought, were interesting. One in particular, Aaren, I wondered why he sought Bruno specifically for the painting of his fire. I also must admit that I didn’t like the relationship between Bruno (or his infatuation with her) and Veronique. I just felt that it was kind of based on her looks because they hadn’t really interacted much for there to be anything real. I could have done without any sort of romance because the book was strong enough on its own.
I would recommend An Uncommon Blue based upon the uniqueness and fast paced action that other books would have dragged on.