High fashion, corporate malfeasance, celebrity culture, and an obsessed media collide with exuberant violence and volatile intensity in Grey, the explosive debut novel by newcomer Jon Armstrong.
For Michael Rivers, life is perfect. Michael has everything; tall, handsome, and famous,
I admit, I bought this book from Tattered Cover essentially because it has an awesome cover and an endorsement from Michael Chabon. Seriously, find a bigger version of that image, it's a stellar piece of artwork. But if you read Chabon's quote closely, it more or less falls into line with my feeling, he knows what this author has and is suggesting you get in on the ground floor.
Jon Armstrong makes all the typica ...more
now, here's the thing:
this takes place in a world where excess-like-we-have-no-idea-of is the ex ...more
Unfortunately, the story itself doesn't live up to the cleverness of the setting. The story is supposed to be about a love story--comparisons are made to Romeo and Juliet, but I think they only hurt th ...more
The book started off ok. The main character, Michael, was somewhat likeable and his girlfriend Nora seemed interesting. But, as soon as other characters started entering the picture, ...more
But the books that really blow me away are books that seem to be written on another level entirely, written with the kind of skill and passion and originality that I could not emulate in a million years.
Grey is one of those books - a deeply relevant and powerful satire that spoke to me as a parable about Boomers vs. GenXers, but that could be relevant to any generation overw ...more
Michael lives in a dystopian world of the have and have- nots. His journey to understand his place in the world takes him to places he never imagined existed.
This book is a look at a fantastic future governed by fashion and Uber music. How Michael ...more
the future of 'grey' echoes both our current obsession with celebrity for celebrity's sake, and oddly, 'idiocracy' in that you have to wonder how on earth anything gets done through all the mindless partying with willful igorants. Michael is the richest of the rich, only son of "the number one megacorp" (exactly what this business does, or how they do it, or who is actually paying for anything here is all fuzzy), who used to promote the family business by being ...more
GREY is focussed on the spoilt son of a big-time CEO, and his flouncing around when he doesn't get everything his own way. It has overtones of Romeo and Juliet with - I can't believe I'm saying this - even more pretensions, and less soul. (Also no Mercutio.) Michael is being set up to marry ...more
There were elements of the book that I absolutely loved. The descriptions of the clothing and people were quite vivid, and I had no problem visualizing the entire book as a movie playing out in my head. Grey takes place in a futuristic world ...more
Michael and Nora are initially brought together in the hopes of merging the companies of their families. The attempted murder of 19 year old Michael results in the cancellation of the marriage u ...more
Wait a minute! That's our world. But do not despair, the world Jon Armstrong creates in his debut novel takes all our fascination with celebrity and wealth and cranks it up several notches. (TMZ would seem as sober as C-SPAN in this world ...more
We're introduced to Michael, the main character, who is clearly in the teen stage of I Will Be the Exact Opposite of My Parents. His father is crass, loud, annoying, and wears bright conflicting col ...more
This is one of four books that recently came in and out of my life without me finishing, which coincidentally enough also kicks off a little mini-series coming here to CCLaP this month; for, you see, by sheer dumb luck, I was able this month to get my hands on half of the ten science-fiction novels no ...more
Now comes a bright and witty new practitioner of this honorable mode of speculatively savaging humanity's foibles. Jon Armstrong has archly labeled his own work "fashionpunk," since it takes the whole daft scene connected with haute couture -- media overkill, celebrities, status and wealth -- and rakes it over the coals by way of absurdist amplification.
In Armstrong's debut novel "Grey" we were introduced to a crazed yet consistent future in which clothes literally make the man ...more
That might make it sound all bad, but the world was cool, and the writing (and the 200 page length) made this a quick read. Armstrong makes the details of fashion an important part of the wor ...more