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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
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Mar 29, 10

bookshelves: science-fiction, dystopian
Read in March, 2010

From the author of the Thursday Next novels comes a fascinating dystopian novel. Seven hundred years after the something that happened is the world of Shades of Grey. The populous is divided by the color they can see and the percentage of that color they are able to detect. Purples are at the top, Yellows are the law enforcers, and Greys are the laborers. Everyone strives to increase their families prestige through marriage. And the world has fallen from a free thinking society to that of controlled information, secrets and an over abundance of rules. Everyone is afraid of riff-raff, night loss, swans, and the mildew. But a few are willing to stand up and ask why. Why is the production of spoons forbidden? What was the something that happened? Why do some many incredibly useful things fall victim to leap-back?

Jasper Fforde has once again created a unique and fascinating world in the first book of this new series.
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