Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey

by Jasper Fforde
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Shades of Grey 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
cartersKT More than 1 year ago
Jasper Fforde knows how to entertain. Normally he does this with absurdist humor, which has just enough collegiate literary banter to keep intelectuals, bibliophiles, and those looking for nothing more than a fun story and a smile, Happy. He took on more here. The first several chapters were turning me off. I didn't laugh; I wasn't lost in imagination; I was trying to understand. There was a complex society and a complex relationship between father and son, that I knew would be pivotal to the story... but in my current mood I didnt care for that. I wanted the Ffun-Fforde part! So I skimmed, and I eventually found myself enamored with the main character and flipping backwards to see what I'd missed! Don't skip any of this book. It's different for Jasper, but it will not dissapoint. The more you read the better it gets. This is a mystery, but not one that sets itself up in the first chapter; you get tiny hints and integral pieces well into the book. By the end, I promise you won't be dissapointed. Hopefully you'll be like me and petition our Mr Fforde to put out the sequel before all else!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book as a whole is very slow; this is due to all the color society related ceremonies and quirks that need to be explained. The plot as a whole isn't ground breaking in any sense, but the setting and the whole idea of only being able to see certain colors in a post disaster world are the main draw. Fforde need a novel to establish a firm setting. The world in the novel is complex and some of the work done by Fforde might not be appriciated without some outside reading (I suggest being ready to google some names and ideas to get a sense of how intresting the world is.) In the next two novels I would expect a much faster plot and more action. The stage has been set and I'm waiting egerly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most sarcastic deadpan humor i have ever read in a book. Amazing
KatieP83 More than 1 year ago
Everything by Jasper Fforde is always a delight to read. This is his first novel outside of the Book World universe he created and it is just as intriguing, gripping and intellectually stimulating as the other. There is so much information in every single sentence in Fforde's writing - whether it's plot development, humor or allusions - that you can truly immerse yourself in his writing.
henry_hilligan More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first books I chose to purchase for my nook. I had never heard of either the author nor the book itself, but I have to say that it was a pleasant surprise in a sea of books that mostly share far too much in common. Taking the dystopian future that George Orwell and Aldous Huxley focused on in their well-known works, Fforde has written a novel that is intriguing and compelling. If I had to explain it to someone in the simplest way possible I would probably say "It's like 1984, but with color." The role that color plays in the story is huge, as it dominates every aspect of the society that the characters live in. Our world is the past, theirs is the present. In this future, the vast amount of colors that we take for granted in seeing are obscured. People are segregated and assigned roles in society's castes by their ability to perceive varying colors; some are Greens, some are Reds, etc. Not only that, but within those color designations they are organized by how strongly they can see that color. In this setting, the protagonists make their way to a town on the edge of society, both literally and figuratively. Here, they stumble upon a mystery that the townspeople are eager to gloss over, but there is more than what appears on the surface. This book is not perfect (I really cringed at some of the romantic sentences), but it is very funny, and has left me in the unfortunate position of having to wait about 4 years for the sequel to come out. The wordplay is clever, including many subtle, and many not-so-subtle puns on color-themed words. I will definitely be checking out other works by Fforde.
michaelsjlrc More than 1 year ago
Typical Jasper Fforde - wonderful to read, impossible to describe. I always enjoy seeing how he creates his alternate universes in such a believable way. If you are looking for a fun and funny book, this is a great choice.
Vgutierrez More than 1 year ago
Loved it! In all honesty, I probably would have never bought this book if one my favorite writers hadn't recommended it. The plot sounds a little far fetched, but Jasper Fforde does a great job of taking this idea and creating a  quirky story about a dystopian society. After I read this, I ended up buying several of his other novels. 
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I really really enjoyed this book. I love anything by Jasper Fforde. He quickly became one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow at times, but very entertaining. Highly recommend! Interesting concept.
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scubachris More than 1 year ago
You will not waste your time reading this book. Very funny, silly, and profound all in one read.
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