11112011: Shades of Grey

Title: Shades of Grey
Author: Jasper Fforde
Page Count: 792

Summary: Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour. Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane – a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed. For Eddie, it’s love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey… If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels . . . neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey.

My Review: Wow, completely speechless! This is book is truly fascinating and completely different to anything I’ve read before. The whole idea and back story is so well thought out and unique that it’s actually a little difficult to get used to at the start, but you soon learn to understand what’s going on, on the other hand this doesn’t mean that you aren’t constantly surprised throughout the whole book. I’m actually stunned at what to write because I can’t mention too much without giving away just how extraordinary this is, the way Fforde writes at times makes it seem almost poetical. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something a little different to their normal reads and I can guarantee you’ll like it. This also means I’m really looking forward for the next two books but Painting By Numbers has an expected publish date of 2013 so until then I’ll have to read books from my to read shelf.
Recommend: Yes!
Rating: 5/5

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