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.
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.
This book took me a while to get into, but it was worth it in the end. Fforde creats a unique, crazy, mixed up world just like always. And just like always that world, once it comes into focus, is brilliant.
After a couple of abortive attempts to start the print version of this book, I decided to try the audio version and am so thankful I did. The story develops slowly, but the payoff is more than worth any patience that may be required early on. Fforde's trademark wit is on display here, but it is his satirical side that takes precedence, and the dystopian setting makes this a somewhat darker work than the Thursday Next or Nursery Crime novels, all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed. John Lee's narration brings the characters and this world to life quite brilliantly. This was my second time through the audiobook and if Fforde delays the sequel much longer, there will be a third. I recommend this very highly. Hopefully we won't have to wait much longer for the next one.
It's been years since I listened to Shades of Grey and I still want more! I was so engrossed in this audiobook that it has been very hard watching publishing dates getting pushed back.
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Terrific concept!! With shades of the factions from the 'Divergent' series and the oppression of Big Brother from Orwell's '1984', I am enthralled with the depiction of society separated by the visible spectrum.