3 out of 4 stars
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Coach's Hue by David W. Piazza is a mystery novel that follows the story of the "harmonious fusion of plant and animal DNA" in human form, called Coach. Born in a mysterious valley, under bizarre circumstances that lead to the death of his parents, Coach was taken in by Roger, who quickly discovered that the special boy possessed supernatural abilities. Coach developed rapidly, and he had some power over human emotions and the environment.
Set in the late 1900s, Coach's story is one that shines a light on the disastrous effects of several human activities on the environment. Could Coach be Mother Nature's tool for revenge against humans?
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book after reading the description. Climate change can be an interesting topic, and it was exciting to see how the author would incorporate it in this story. The first thing that piqued my interest was Coach's character. He truly represented Nature wholly, as I could see how calm he was in any situation, always with a smile on his face. However, there was also a dangerous side to him that created a lot of uncertainty, and the fact that he had the power to help people posed a few thought-provoking questions about accepting his negative sides for the greater good. It was intriguing seeing his adopted father wrestle with these questions, especially with how his past experiences shaped his ideas.
Furthermore, the author does a good job of describing scenes in detail, especially when Coach's parents died and suspenseful scenes where I expected something bad to happen. Readers will get glimpses of the characters' emotions in different situations. However, there is not much depth to most of the characters, besides Coach and his adopted father, as the story is plot-based. I found a couple of minor errors while reading Coach's Hue, but none of them affected my reading, and this gave me the impression that the book was professionally edited.
While there is not much to complain about, I feel like the author missed a chance to explore the effects of the deteriorating environment on human emotions, as there are studies that have linked the two and Coach had powers that could affect human emotions. There were also parts of the book that didn't seem realistic to me, like how Coach's adopted parents easily trusted strangers with knowledge of his abilities.
All things considered, I rate Coach's Hue 3 out of 4 stars. The story is intriguing and explores a relevant topic in today's world in a refreshing manner. It could have been better executed, and this convinced me to not award the maximum rating, but I could not go lower than my actual rating because I enjoyed reading the book. I would recommend this book to fans of mystery and fantasy novels. There is profanity included, so the book is not suitable for a younger audience.
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