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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  298 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
In a society controlled in large part by an elite group of corporations and characterized by its wild extremes -- economic, political, sexual, etc. -- young Michael Rivers is a demigod. The heir apparent to high-tech security juggernaut RiverGroup, the 19-year-old has it all: He's handsome, fashionable, and literally worshipped by millions of people who monitor his every m ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Night Shade Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nicholas Karpuk
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
"Grey" is not a great book, but it's indicative of the ability to write a great book.

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
at first the story was holding up, then it slacked off when it went into cyber-punk territory (a prostitute with a prosthetic vagina instead of a bellybutton who dies after a run-in with the main character who gets... over... the barrier... ...), but it's back on course. this morning while listening to it on the way to work, the characters were eating elephant steaks and drinking cola made from krill.

now, here's the thing:
this takes place in a world where excess-like-we-have-no-idea-of is the ex
Daniel Roy
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, dystopia, cyberpunk
It's probably my fault, but I didn't "get" this book. The setting is clever: dystopian near-future where the ultra-rich have become even richer and more decadent. What's a 19 year-old to do in this world? Why, reject all excesses and embrace a yearning for monochromatic prints and suits, of course.

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
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Like a crazy slap in the face with a steel-reinforced cummerbund. Grey depicts a future world where the corporations are like high tech medieval fiefdoms that promote their products with brutal, ear-piercing raves and use arranged marriages to solidify mergers. The book presents an interesting contrast between the narrator, 19-year-old Michael Rivers, a sensitive aficionado of calm, grey fashion, and his loud, obnoxious father, Hiro Bruce Rivers. Michael's favorite sport is competitive ironing; ...more
Jun 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Fun, dystopian novel about the cult of celebrity and fashion. Like Blade Runner meets Tiger Beat, with some Project Runway thrown in for good measure.
Ross Lockhart
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant high-fashion dystopia, and I did the jacket copy. Trust me, you want to read this book.
May 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2008, sf-f
A plausible while over-the-top extrapolation of a certain aspect of the current society of spectacle.
Edwin McRae
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
While it contained some interesting 'near future' concepts, 'Grey' absolutely drowned in its own depictions of decadence and consumerist insanity. Basically, it goes to far. The world isn't convincing and therefore the story isn't convincing.
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
I finished reading Grey last night before bed, and had a difficult time falling asleep because I couldn't stop thinking about it. I suppose that could be taken as a good sign, but my primary concern was trying to figure out if I'd actually, y'know, liked it.

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
Elf M.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Grey, by Jon Armstrong, is a science-fiction love story set in some far future Earth-based dystopia. The hero, Michael Rivers, is the scion of Hiro Rivers, owner of the RiversGroup Security Service, supposedly one of the most powerful families among the citified. Michael is in love with Nora, daughter of the owner of the MKG Security Service, a competing company with which there was to be a merger until, at the end of chapter one, someone gets through RiversGroup Security, attacks Michael, and m ...more
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