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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
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Apr 22, 11

Read in April, 2011

As with almost any Jasper Fforde book, you need to be ready to jump right in when you start reading. The first 50 pages or so may seem a little choppy, because the author just doesn't have time to explain everything to you. In quite a compliment, he seems to believe you're smart enough to figure things out for yourself as long as you keep up.

Other reviews will delve more fully into characters and plotlines. However since a frame of reference is helpful; the novel is set in a future time where culture is defined by color is slowly devolving due to intentional restrictions on knowledge and useful inventions. Cracks are appearing in society, and through these cracks our protagonists Eddie and Jane come to enlightenment about the true nature of things.

A wonderfully creative set of ideas and a few really engaging characters push along the narrative in this quick tempo storyline. One word of warning is that this is the first book in a planned series (trilogy?), so you will not get everything tied up in a neat package at the end. However, even if the author never finishes the other books, this novel can stand on its own with the best of his other works.
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