Mommy of twins
Very much a plot driven book with so many characters and so much going on that it was tough to truly connect with anyone in SHADES OF GREY. And thus, I’m a bit torn on my feelings for this incredibly unique and bizarrely strange world Jasper Fforde has created.
With a society sorted out by color, as in what color you were born with the ability to see and what % of your color you can actually perceive (from the color wheel), determines your future, marriage potential, career, class and civil ranking. And then there’s the identification by post code and value placed on odd items such as spoons of all things… confused yet?... well don’t be, truly the rules of this alternate future world do catch on pretty easily.
Therein lies my rating dilemma…if grading on creativity and originality of world building and concept, Fforde blows this one out of the water, but as a novel on the whole, the plot becomes disappointingly predictable and in the end fell short. Although not without a bit of much appreciated cheeky wit, SHADES OF GREY does unfortunately drag on a touch more than felt needed, especially in light of the lack of dimension to the characters. Really what it comes down to is… I wish there were fewer players and more layers. The potential is so there for this to be a great book instead of the ho-hum read it turned out to be.
So, if Fforde can breathe some “color” into his characters and exercise his creativity (of which he so obviously possess in spades) and inject it into a bit of surprise and twist of plot; SHADES OF GREY(Shades Of Grey #1) could prove to be a fantastic series moving forward.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
I loved the idea of a
Eddy Russett's realization of their perfect society's lies towards the end.
John Lee is an AMAZING orator and I will listen to most books if he is the narrator.
I certainly laughed a lot and was outraged at the caste discrimination of the chormatically lacking of this society.
This book was a complete surprise for me. I have listened to another book by Fforde and liked it, but THIS is the series I am interested in the most.
It's in true Jasper Fforde fashion-completely original, creative, and entertaining.
If you like this book, you'll enjoy all of Jasper Fforde's books. He has such an original style. A modern Roald Dahl for adults. Love his books.
First listen by this narrator and thought it was excellent.
Well, I was already a fan of Fforde's Thursday Next books, but this one is at a whole different level. It is one of my top 5 audiobooks I've listened to.
The story presents a very hierarchical society in a very creative way. I'm a sociologist, and really enjoyed the ways Fforde gets into the dailiness of an imaginary culture, with all the absurdities that seem completely reasonable from within the society. I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story!
This book is written with the characteristics of a young adult book (main character's age and issues) but is written beautifully with wonderful allusions. I want a second book to come out so badly. I listened to the book years ago, and again 6 months ago. I think about it all the time.
Beautiful speaking voice. I could listen to him all day long. There is something about him that is friendly and inviting.
I can't wait for the second book to come out. I really liked the story and I want to see where it leads.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Outside of the Thursday Next series, Fforde's characters tend to be pretty stock creations. That doesn't keep him from being able to construct a first rate satire of the dystopian trends of our times. A key theme is that human nature will always manage to subvert whatever system is imposed on it, and those most egregiously subverting it will always be the ones most self-righteous about upholding it. You might think of this as 1984 with a sense of humor, but that doesn't give enough credit to Fforde for all the original ideas he packs into this book.
Absolutely. It's an easy listen. The plot is straightforward enough, but there are lots of extras that could be picked up on a second time around.
This story does well on walking the edge of the absurd. It stops just short of too much. It never becomes silly or stupid.
The word is very well thought out and quite detailed. The reveal of all the intricacies is long and woven in with the story, letting you come to grips with all the differences slowly.
Each chapter starts with a bit of law or knowledge from the world, and it is always something funny. A part of one lists the conditions in which the chicken is considered a vegetable (to help meet the dietary needs of vegetarians, of course).
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
This book creates an entire compelling world in such a short amount of time. The story is interesting, the narration is perfect. Fforde is known for kind of meta-fiction, which this isn't, so it's a bit out of character. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to ANYONE who has ever enjoyed a work of fantasy/sci-fi/dystopia -- it is a truly unique story that is worth your time.
I enjoy Mr. Fforde's Thursday Next and Nursery Crime series, and expected it to be written in a similar style. However, the level of description of the environments was exhaustive, in both senses of the word. Though description may be important in a visually related world, I found it to be tedious, and ended up not finishing the book, which I rarely do.
I would recommend Thursday Next or the Nursery Crimes, but not this one unless you have a lot of patience and a better sense of visual memory than I. However, I might be interested in an abridged version, as an editor might make this book a bit better.
Based on my love of Fforde's books, I would recommend a sequel, as it would be unlikely he would write a second less than awesome book.