Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey

The Road to High Saffron

Book - 2009
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An astonishing, hotly anticipated new novel from the great literary fantasist and creator of Thursday Next, Jasper Fforde.

As long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see.

Young Eddie Russett has no ambition to be anything other than a loyal drone of the Collective. With his better-than-average red perception, he could well marry Constance Oxblood and inherit the string works; he may even have enough red perception to make prefect.

For Eddie, life looks colorful. Life looks good.

But everything changes when he moves with his father, a respected swatchman, to East Carmine. There, he falls in love with a Grey named Jane who opens his eyes to the painful truth behind his seemingly perfect, rigidly controlled society.

Curiosity--a dangerous trait to display in a society that demands total conformity--gets the better of Eddie, who beings to wonder:
Why are there not enough spoons to go around?
Why is everything--and everyone--barcoded?
What happened to all the people who never returned from High Saffron?
And why, when you begin to question the world around you, do black-and-white certainties reduce themselves to shades of grey?

Part satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, this is the new world from the creative and comic genius of Jasper Fforde.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2009
ISBN: 9780670019632
0670019631
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction F Ffo

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Kathryn_Olsen
Aug 03, 2015

This is NOT that dirty/scary book, you know which. It is an amusing, intelligent science fiction novel. Jasper Fforde is an accomplished author with wit to spare. Also try his Thursday Next series, especially if you love literature.

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ChesterChester
Apr 25, 2015

Despite the fact that this book starts off slowly, it is still one of my all time favorite books. Fforde elevates his work to the next level with this truly creative novel that had to be outside his comfort zone. I'm just sad there's still no sequel: this book BEGS for a sequel.

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cwood2275
Mar 02, 2015

The story was good but took awhile to get into.
Whoever converted this to e-book did a really bad job. Many instances of words run together, extra characters out of place, messed up the flow many times.

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Evilida
May 28, 2014

A very good book with a main character who is a little naïve but forced by circumstances to open his eyes to the hypocrisies around him and make tough moral and ethical decisions. The novel is set in England after an unnamed catastrophe has affected people's ability to perceive colour. I find the Thursday Next series to be getting a little tired, and appreciated this change of pace. I hope there is a sequel. (Jasper Fforde has a habit of announcing books that never appear.)

mcanufftara May 19, 2014

Author really beats you over the head with the color theme. If you're looking for subtle world-building, this isn't it. Funny, whimsical and absurd, but nothing deep. It's a satirical look at social hierarchy, but these insights aren't new.

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purlgirl
Feb 24, 2014

If you're already a Jasper Fforde fan, you'll be delighted that there's a new series in an entirely new setting. If not, this would be a great place to start. Don't be scared off by the title, this has no s&m or graphic sex. It does have great storytelling and not a little social commentary in a world where one's social position, career, and marriage options are dictated by what color(s) you can perceive - and how well.

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TarannumSens
Aug 22, 2013

If not gold, a daffodil yellow.

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bkirby88
Jun 15, 2013

This a wonderful book. I have recently decided I needed to branch out of the genres that I normally read and decided to start with this novel. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book in the beginning. I had a hard time getting into the flow of the writing style and here quite a few vocabulary words I was not familiar with. I soon got passed this and begin to really enjoy this novel and had a hard time putting it down.

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RydiaMoon
Nov 21, 2012

One of my favorite listen tos ever. The reader could be eddie russett (from whom the stories perspective is told from). Really well written. I love how delicately the world and plot is revealed through this characters perspective. Normally I dont care if miss or drift off a few sentences, not this book! Generally I like lighter fluffery books (young children in the car) and this book takes a little more brain power to listen to but its not vulgar.

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meldaravaniel
Jul 16, 2012

This book is one of Fforde's most serious, which was an interesting change. I'm a sucker for dystopia fiction, so this was right up my alley. I can't wait for the sequel because this one left me unsettled.

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Mar 17, 2010

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