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An astonishing hotly anticipated new novel from the great literary fantasist and creator of Thursday Next Jasper Fforde As long as anyone can remember society has been ruled by a Colortocracy From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based Shades of PDFEPUBupon one's limited color perception society is dominated by color In this world you are what you can see Young Eddie Russett has no ambition to be anything other. the world of Shades of Grey is a nightmarish dystopia a ruthless totalitarian regime that destroys all individualistic spirit all creativity and ambiguity and uestioning of authority a monstrous government that divides its citizens into color stratified classcaste systems that is based upon the inherent physical deficiencies of its populace a place with no love and where death is the end result for the underdog and misfitsounds pretty bleak right well dear reader think again this rather amazing novel is as light and airy as a souffle a real pleasure to consume from beginning to end i was smiling constantly and laughing out loud nearly as often the tone is brisk and drily amusing the plot and the various details of our young hero s travails are wonderfully absurd the punishment for his past cheekiness is to conduct a Chair Census he must bewar

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Ait to display in a society that demands total conformity gets the better of Eddie who beings to wonder Why are there not enough spoons to go around Why is everything and everyone barcoded What happened to all the people who never returned from High Saffron And why when you begin to uestion the world around you do black and white certainties reduce themselves to shades of grey Part satire part romance part revolutionary thriller this is the new world from the creative and comic genius of Jasper Fforde.. I ve been on a dystopian kick over the last several months and it was interesting to read this one so soon after Brave New World Jasper Fforde offers up some similar ideas but approaches the concept of a totalitarian future society from the same skewed perspective he brought to the Thursday Next series That said I didn t always find this a fun read I might blame it on fatigue but I found the first half of this one really slow going It takes Fforde a long time to set up his world slowly revealing how the different colors people see influences their standing in society and the way the government functions as a whole After 200 pages of largely plotless world building I was begging for some lazy blatant exposition if only to get the story movingThe plot finally does kick in and the last 100 pages or so provide a pretty satisfying setup for the two s

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Than a loyal drone of the Collective With his better than average red perception he could well marry Constance Oxblood and inherit the string works he may even have enough red perception to make prefect For Eddie life looks colorful Life looks good But everything changes when he moves with his father a respected swatchman to East Carmine There he falls in love with a Grey named Jane who opens his eyes to the painful truth behind his seemingly perfect rigidly controlled society Curiosity a dangerous tr. Don t read this book Seriously Wait until nos 2 3 in the projected series have come out then take yourself off to a beach or a comfy sofa somewhere for the weekend and just blow through them all in one great binge because it will take so much concentration and devotion to keep up with the stunning intricacies of Fforde s latest that it s wasted effort not to just immerse for a bit Trust me I ve read everything he s written and despite my usual sense of trepidation when faced with a new tome I am inevitably swept completely away to the point of being irked when something silly like dinner or the need for sleep interferes with my reading Eddie Russett is the main character in this venture a character embedded in the unbelievably complex world of Chromatacia a version of our world that is something like a cross between Ayn Rand s Anthem and the open


10 thoughts on “Shades of Grey

  1. says:

    I listened to this as an audiobook just recently and I was absolutely blown away by itThat said I don’t know how I’d describe the entirety of it to someone If I were to summarize it it would sound well kinda dumb Let me say this instead It’s funny without being goofy It’s clever without being pretentious It’s original without being

  2. says:

    A happy accident my book club was reading 50 Shades of Gray and it just so happens that I missed the gathering sorry gals where this w

  3. says:

    the world of Shades of Grey is a nightmarish dystopia a ruthless totalitarian regime that destroys all individualistic spirit all creativity and ambiguity and uestioning of authority; a monstrous government that divides its citizens into colo

  4. says:

    Don't read this book Seriously Wait until nos 2 3 in the projected series have come out then take yourself off to a beach or a comfy sofa somewhere for the weekend and just blow through them all in one great bin

  5. says:

    Note to my mother NOT THE SAME SHADES OF GREY

  6. says:

    50 stars Another superb novel by one of the best writers that not everybody reads working in speculative fiction I am continually impressed by Fforde's imagination writing and his supreme talent for incorporating both well known and obscure references to literature and pop cultureWith this novel Fforde begins a new series based in a future world that arose from the ashes of ours and in which every person's status in so

  7. says:

    Fforde is a satiric word weaver and I always look forward to reading whatever he pumps out Thursday Next is my literary hero and while

  8. says:

    I've been on a dystopian kick over the last several months and it was interesting to read this one so soon after Brave New World; Jasper Fforde offers up some similar ideas but approaches the concept of a totalit

  9. says:

    This is my second attempt to read this book I think I struggled my first time as I think I expected something k

  10. says:

    Surely there's to writing a book than simply having a good idea?This book is based on a good idea but it reads like it was written by a computer programme and commissioned by that bloke in Marketing who seems to have a new car every other monthIt's so damn clunky The sentences are twistier than a twisty thing the narrative structure was arri