Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron" (Shades of Grey, #1) by Jasper Fforde

Synopsis: (from

Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted fa├žade.


Rating: 5 out of 5

Genre: Dystopic Fantasy

Before this book, I was not familiar with Jasper Fforde’s work. I took a chance on the referral of a good friend of mine and put “Shades of Grey” in my to-read list. I pushed it back a few times thinking I was not going to like it as much as my disgusting horror books. I decided to get it after my last horror book to change genres. I cannot believe I put it off for as long as I did!

Fforde’s writing style in “Shades of Grey” is fantastic and different from anything I have ever read before. The story itself was an amazing spiral of nonsense and true-to-life happenings. The ridiculousness of what happens along with some of the made-up words and history simply makes you laugh and crinkle your brow confused-like simultaneously.

The beginning can be hard to get into at first. Do not let this put you off in any way. There is a reason that the book starts the way it does. Imagine being dropped off in another world. Would you understand everything right of way? Do you think you could understand the hierarchy or language in this different world? The story takes its time in explaining some things, but it is worth the wait. It will allow you to appreciate the style and pace the author has chosen. By the end, you will be begging for more!

I must say that Jasper Fforde is now one of my most favorite authors. I recommend this book to those who are looking for something comical yet amazingly brilliant. Fforde will not disappoint!

I cannot wait for #2!

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