Shades Of Grey

Shades Of Grey

The Road To High Saffron

Book - 2009
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Welcome to Chromatacia, where for as long as anyone can remember society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. Social hierachy is based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see, and Eddie Russett, a better-than-average red perception wants to move up.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670019632
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Road to High Saffron


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Mar 25, 2019

An impressively original idea in a world of often derivative science fiction. This book is a gem, with a well thought out world and characters this novel is one I prey receives a sequel.

SPPL_Violet Mar 26, 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, put your whips away. Jasper Fforde's brilliant novel, "Shades of Grey," is about a post-apocalyptic world that is socially stratified based on what colors people are naturally able to see. The Greys, people who only see in shades of grey, are the lowest caste comprised primarily of laborers and servants. Our hero, Eddie Russet, a Red, meets Jane Grey, a...well, you get it. This is a fantastic novel. Sharp and witty. It ends on such a wonderful cliff hanger. But, I've got news for you. I've been waiting for a sequel for years. YEARS!!!! I'm still waiting. Read at your own risk.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 09, 2018

Chromatacia is a "Colortocracy" - one's social status is set by one's color perception. Eddie Russett wants to "marry up".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aug 22, 2013

If not gold, a daffodil yellow.

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Mar 17, 2010

Some rules: The cucumber and the tomato are both fruit; the avocado is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable. Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate. Pocket handkerchiefs are to be changed daily, and are to be kept folded, even when in the pocket. Handkerchiefs may be patterned.


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