Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"Novel about a world where social order and destiny are dictated by the colors you can see. Part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, Shades of Grey tells of a battle against overwhelming odds. In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red and can see his own color—but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey, and must be colorized by artificial means. Eddie's world wasn't always like this. There's evidence of a never-discussed disaster and now, many years later, technology is poor, news sporadic, the notion of change abhorrent, and nighttime is terrifying: no one can see in the dark. Everyone abides by a bizarre regime of rules and regulations, a system of merits and demerits, where punishment can result in permanent expulsion. Eddie, who works for the Color Control Agency, might well have lived out his rose-tinted life without a hitch. But that changes when he becomes smitten with Jane, a Grey Nightseer from the dark, unlit side of the village. She shows Eddie that all is not well with the world he thinks is just and good. Together, they engage in dangerous revolutionary talk. Stunningly imaginative, very funny, tightly plotted, and with sly satirical digs at our own society, this novel is for those who loved Thursday Next but want to be transported somewhere equally wild, only darker; a world where the black and white of moral standpoints have been reduced to shades of grey."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2010
Description: 390 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780670019632
Branch Call Number: Ffor


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Mar 25, 2019

An impressively original idea in a world of often derivative science fiction. This book is a gem, with a well thought out world and characters this novel is one I prey receives a sequel.

SPPL_Violet Mar 26, 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, put your whips away. Jasper Fforde's brilliant novel, "Shades of Grey," is about a post-apocalyptic world that is socially stratified based on what colors people are naturally able to see. The Greys, people who only see in shades of grey, are the lowest caste comprised primarily of laborers and servants. Our hero, Eddie Russet, a Red, meets Jane Grey, a...well, you get it. This is a fantastic novel. Sharp and witty. It ends on such a wonderful cliff hanger. But, I've got news for you. I've been waiting for a sequel for years. YEARS!!!! I'm still waiting. Read at your own risk.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 09, 2018

Chromatacia is a "Colortocracy" - one's social status is set by one's color perception. Eddie Russett wants to "marry up".

Aug 03, 2015

This is NOT that dirty/scary book, you know which. It is an amusing, intelligent science fiction novel. Jasper Fforde is an accomplished author with wit to spare. Also try his Thursday Next series, especially if you love literature.

Apr 25, 2015

Despite the fact that this book starts off slowly, it is still one of my all time favorite books. Fforde elevates his work to the next level with this truly creative novel that had to be outside his comfort zone. I'm just sad there's still no sequel: this book BEGS for a sequel.

Mar 02, 2015

The story was good but took awhile to get into.
Whoever converted this to e-book did a really bad job. Many instances of words run together, extra characters out of place, messed up the flow many times.

May 28, 2014

A very good book with a main character who is a little naïve but forced by circumstances to open his eyes to the hypocrisies around him and make tough moral and ethical decisions. The novel is set in England after an unnamed catastrophe has affected people's ability to perceive colour. I find the Thursday Next series to be getting a little tired, and appreciated this change of pace. I hope there is a sequel. (Jasper Fforde has a habit of announcing books that never appear.)

mcanufftara May 19, 2014

Author really beats you over the head with the color theme. If you're looking for subtle world-building, this isn't it. Funny, whimsical and absurd, but nothing deep. It's a satirical look at social hierarchy, but these insights aren't new.

Feb 24, 2014

If you're already a Jasper Fforde fan, you'll be delighted that there's a new series in an entirely new setting. If not, this would be a great place to start. Don't be scared off by the title, this has no s&m or graphic sex. It does have great storytelling and not a little social commentary in a world where one's social position, career, and marriage options are dictated by what color(s) you can perceive - and how well.

Aug 22, 2013

If not gold, a daffodil yellow.

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Mar 17, 2010

Some rules: The cucumber and the tomato are both fruit; the avocado is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable. Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate. Pocket handkerchiefs are to be changed daily, and are to be kept folded, even when in the pocket. Handkerchiefs may be patterned.


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