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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
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Mar 16, 11

bookshelves: scifi, fantasy
Read in March, 2011

A departure from Jasper Fforde's usual style. It is a crossover book, probably geared to the teenage market, but equally good adult SciFi . It is clearly the first of what is planned to be a series. My only disappointment is that I cant see the sequel on the shelves yet.

This world is lived according to the Rulebook. The hierarchical society is based on colour perception. Eddie Russett has above average red perception so is high up the social scale and looking to rise further through a judicious marriage. Unfortunately he is curious with ideas, e.g. about queues. He has also fallen in love with a lowly grey, Jane, who has a volatile temper and has threatened to kill him.

There are suggestions of Orwell (1984), John Wyndham (The Day of the Triffids and The Chrysalids ) and Douglas Adams, but as usual Fforde has his own fun with puns and witticisms.

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