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Shades of Grey av Jasper Fforde
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Shades of Grey (utgåvan 2010)

av Jasper Fforde

Serier: Shades of Grey (1)

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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.… (mer)
Medlem:nikkinaboo
Titel:Shades of Grey
Författare:Jasper Fforde
Info:Hodder Ome (2010), Paperback, 435 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Dystopian world where people are classified by their ability to see color, and spoons are more important than they should be...

Enjoyable read. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
That. Was. Insane.

And I mean this in the very best possible way, complete with twisty world building, plotting, and layering. By any other author I cannot imagine being drawn into this world, and Fforde not only managed it, but made it pay off. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Hopefully, Mr. FForde does not forget to write the next sequels about Russet and the dystopian future he lives in. Especially at the beginning, the reader must provide some patience. But then, the book is read very quickly with an astonishing and not expected end. The end itself calls for a min. of two sequels. ( )
  Stephan1840 | Mar 1, 2021 |
This is another one I've been meaning to read for a while.

The book is classic dystopian; yet, although the narrator (Edward Russett) is only 20, it's not a YA book. Another great idea. In the future, you are what you see. Vision and perception have "evolved" to the point where people can see only the brightest versions of all colors; but, otherwise, they can only see their color. Color is distributed by a central city and paid for, and people marry "up" or "down" in order to increase their stance on the chromatic scale, to make money (marrying down usually means you get paid by the family you're marrying), or, on rare occasion, for love.

Eddie Russett is a red. His life is on the eve of taking the adulthood test that determines just-how-red-are-you. If he scores above 70%, he will become a prefect, his dream. In such a case, he will also get to marry Ms. Constance Oxblood, up on the chromatic scale and societal standing, to whom he is partially betrothed. (i.e., he's committed to her, but she has not yet made a commitment to him).

Eddie Russett, however, has a curious mind that has gotten him into a bit of trouble. He has decided to take his punishment (rather than pay his way out of it), and goes with his father to a small town on the ouskirts to learn humility whilst purportedly completing a chair census. His father will be replacing the town (East Carmine)'s "Swatchman" -- which is their version of a doctor.

After arriving in East Carmine, Eddie learns that things do not always exist as they appear, and his curiosity begins to get him into more and more trouble. Add to the mix Tommo, a sneaky untrustworthy friend, Jane, the gray who he's started to fall for, Violet, the purple he is supposed to want, a murder, a national figure snooping around, ghosts, deathly swans, people who don't exist, and carnivorous plants, and you have Shades of Grey.

It was enjoyable to read. At times, it was quite the page turner -- particularly in the last third-to-quarter. I didn't love Eddie, though I'm not sure we're supposed to. I didn't love Jane, but again, maybe that is by design. I didn't love Tommo... I didn't love... yeah, I didn't love any of the characters. They were all so realistically flawed. But I cared what happened to them. And how.

And I REALLY wanted to know what was happening and why and how and... I completely got caught up in Eddie's curiosity.
This is not a mindless novel. Recommend to people looking for a slightly more complex dystopian novel.

Note: this is the first in a trilogy! (I didn't know that until I finished the book!) However, it ends satisfyingly enough that it can stand on its own. ( )
  avanders | Nov 23, 2020 |
Eddie Russet and his father are headed to the fringes of the Collective as Eddie's father is temporarily taking the role of Swatchman and Eddie has been assigned a chair audit as punishment. However, when they arrive in East Carmine, the Swatchman Eddie's father is supposed to be relieving turns out to be dead and the residents of the town are far more invested in loopholery than Eddie is used to. Then Eddie meets a Grey named Jane and discovers that the life he has been perfectly content with has a darker edge than he ever imagined and he must face what role he will play. If he can survive to the next day, that is.

Trust Jasper Fforde to create a strange world. This dystopian society in which people are able to perceive only a single colour (or in the case of Greys, none) has a lot to say about caste systems and how we divide ourselves into groups. While there's plenty of humour from occasional brushes with the world we know, which is the distant past for the characters, this is not as funny as some of Fforde's other works. An enjoyable read and if the sequels are ever published I'll pick them up but not my favourite Fforde thus far. ( )
  MickyFine | Oct 7, 2020 |
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In structure, Shades of Grey moves like most other books in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, but in tone, it has more in common with comic novels such as Catch-22.
 
Fforde is an author of immense imagination. Not satisfied with just a few layers of Dickensian jokes and revisions of the physical universe, he creates an archeological treasure trove for readers.
tillagd av Shortride | ändraThe A. V. Club, Donna Bowman (Dec 22, 2009)
 
All this is serenely silly, but to dispel a black mood and chase away the blues, this witty novel offers an eye-popping spectrum of remedies.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraKirkus (Dec 15, 2009)
 
It's all brilliantly original, lf his complex world building sometimes slows the plot and the balance of silly and serious is uneasy, we're still completely won over.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraBooklist, Keir Graff (Dec 15, 2009)
 
Eddie navigates a vividly imagined landscape whose every facet is steeped in the author's remarkably detailed color scheme. Sometimes, though, it's hard to see the story for the chromotechnics.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraPublishers Weekly (Nov 23, 2009)
 

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It began with my father not wanting to see the Last Rabbit and ended up with my being eaten by a carnivorous plant. It wasn't really what I'd planned for myself—I'd hoped to marry into the Oxbloods and join their dynastic string empire. But that was four days ago, before I met Jane, retrieved the Caravaggio and explored High Saffron. So instead of enjoying aspirations of Chromatic advancement, I was wholly immersed within the digestive soup of a yataveo tree. It was all frightfully inconvenient.
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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.

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