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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
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Jan 11, 2010

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

I listened to this book on cd by the zany English Jasper Fforde whilst commuting the past weeks and was sad to have it end. It is particularly well-performed as well as being another priceless imaginative gem from Fforde's highly original brain. This is the story of a post-apocalyptic world where society is organized according to colour perception, i.e. which colour you can see and how well. (Purples are at the top of the heap and greys at the bottom.) Eddie Russett (who is a read perceptor, of course) is the nineteen year-old protagonist who tells the tale. Shades of Grey is as wonderfully absurd as the Thursday Next series but somewhat darker and more sinister. Reminiscent of Animal Farm crossed with 1984. I was disappointed with the unsatisfying ending. It is obviously intended to be yet another series but leaving such serious business up in the air seems less appropriate this time. Very suitable for senior high school. Highly recommended.

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