Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place.
Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour. Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood.
Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane - a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed. For Eddie, it's love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey ...If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels ...neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 06/01/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340963050
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Review by StuartAston
After the Swatchman of East Carmine is pronounced dead by mis-diagnosis Eddie Russett and his dad arrive to help out and they find out there is more to East Carmine than meets the eye. What is happening to the greys and when people end up being sent to reboot what becomes of them. The prefects are looking after themselves but what will happen when one of their own start to get a conscience??? Guess I will need to read book 2 and 3 from the series to find out! :-)
Review by isabelx
Review by ten_floors_up
It took me a little while to acclimatize to a Jasper Fforde book where bookish puns and conceits are not in the foreground, but I found it well worthwhile.That said, the puns and conceits are certainly not absent in this new "altiverse": they're just a little different. There's sometimes a more serious edge, to my mind. I look forward to reading the next in the series.