Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Sorry to disappoint anyone who thought that this month's dystopian offering would be a bit naughty!

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde was published in 2011 to critical acclaim and looks a daft and interesting.

Here's what it's all about:

"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."


If you want to buy this book from Amazon, Click here, Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde and click here for the Kindle Edition, Shades of Grey

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  • David B.

    This is what happens if complementary colours somehow manage to get an egg chit and do the you know.

    http://cheezburger.com/7732706560

    It's not pretty but everyone is very nice about it.

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Burhan A.

    Someone was alluding last night to the idea that it didn't really count as an apocalypse if the people in the book weren't actually humans. This reminded me of a short story by Tim Pratt called Unexpected Outcomes about how the inhabitants of Earth deal with the end of the world ... a world which happens to be a simulation. Story starts at about 2.45: http://escapepod.org/2010/07/29/ep251-unexpected-outcomes

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Leila

    A little update from Hodder. The sequel to Shades of Grey is on indefinite hold.

    August 29, 2013

    • Derek

      Only a few hours. I thought it was grey-t.

      2 · August 29, 2013

    • David B.

      Oh the hue-manatee...

      http://cheezburger.co...­

      3 · August 29, 2013

  • Chris K.

    Another awesome meetup.

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Leila

    Had a fun evening and good to see some new faces. It was also good to discuss a book that was a little different to what we normally read too. Everyone agreed that the last third of the book was great but it was a little slow to start. Scores ranged from a 3 at the lowest to a 9 at the highest. The book scored an average 6.95 out of 10.

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Abe

    Sorry I missed last night. Went down unwell so as much as I would have liked to come I'm sure you appreciated that I stayed away. Liked the book .. a bit of a mind bender.

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Liam

    There's a quiz on the Fforde website, that says (in relation to the last date in our system used...) The actual answer were the medals that Eddie sees in his Father's lodgings that refer to the 'XCVI Olympiad' That would equate to the 96th Olympiad. 2012 will be the 30th Olympiad, so we're looking for a date around 2276 The something that happened, happened after this. But who knows when?

    August 29, 2013

  • Helen M.

    My first meet up with this group and I really enjoyed hearing everyone's thoughts on the book and trying to work out between us what it was all about! Thanks for an interesting and fun evening!

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Leila

    and on the opposite end of the spectrum (no pun intended). Our friends at The Book Smugglers:
    http://thebooksmugglers.com/2010/03/book-review-shades-of-grey-by-jasper-fforde.html

    1 · August 20, 2013

    • Liam

      Ooh, not sure I like the idea of reading other people's reviews, pre meeting! I shall avoid, and arrive with a fresh set of loud opinions myself... :)

      August 20, 2013

    • Burhan A.

      Whoever wrote the introductory blurb seems not to have actually read the book: "Eddie, who works for the Color Control Agency, might well have lived out his rose-tinted life without a hitch. But that changes when he becomes smitten with Jane, a Grey Nightseer from the dark, unlit side of the village."

      August 28, 2013

  • Andrew Xerxes M.

    Find myself knackered, and much as I'd like to find what others thought about a fantastically weird setup, I need my beauty sleep tonight... See you all later!

    August 28, 2013

  • Saul W.

    Really wanted to go to this but I've got to prepare for an interview i've got tomorrow that i forgot about. all the best

    August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn! Client meeting outside London means there's no way I can make it to this.
    I quite enjoyed the book, but thought it took a bit too long to 'get going'.
    I'll be interested to see how well this scores.

    August 28, 2013

  • Fluffy J.

    Sorry, I'm going to have to drop out of this one. I've read (and quite liked) the book, but transport issues yesterday have caught up with me today. Look forward to hearing the feedback on this one. It's certainly a unique interpretation of dystopia!

    August 28, 2013

  • Burhan A.

    Jasper Fforde's website has some great extra info: http://www.jasperfforde.com/grey/grey1.html I especially like the bestiary. Also, who do I need to kill to get access to the next book?!

    1 · August 27, 2013

    • Burhan A.

      Is it too late to act neutral and aloof?

      1 · August 27, 2013

    • Leila

      It's supposed to be due this year but cannot find any reference to it. I know someone over at Hodder so will ask them if there is any update on this.

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • Leila

    Interesting interview with Jasper Fforde about Shades Of Grey:
    http://youtu.be/FhKUVP-C-VA

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Ian

    Really enjoying this book, so fresh and original, but going to have to pike - too much going on and going away the next day. Look forward to hearing the score and what people think.

    1 · August 26, 2013

    • Leila

      Really pleased you enjoyed the book and will let you know how it goes.

      August 26, 2013

  • David B.

    Hey kids! Don't chase the frog!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aINOYwhFG7w

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Leila

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • David B.

    I'm sure that post-apocalyptic erotic fiction does exist - if you know where to look. Rule 34 of The Internet always applies; if in doubt see Rule 35 and wait a couple of months.

    June 3, 2013

    • Leila

      Nothing secret about it!

      August 14, 2013

    • Chris K.

      Okay guys, we've all got to get our 80's on for Leila!

      August 14, 2013

  • David B.

    I finished the book last night - I found it a curious yet entertaining mixture of Wodehouse-sque social mores and 'Paranoia' - a half remembered role playing game I used to play when I was a teenager. The end of the book particularly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoia_(role-playing_game)#Setting

    August 14, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Just a heads up, the very cheap looking 'flip book' edition on amazon is nigh on unreadable . Normal paperback looks fine though!

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Damn, I was looking forward to this as I read it a few months ago, but I'll be on holiday.

    June 4, 2013

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