2113260“I don’t need you to agree with me,” she said quietly.” I’ll go away happy with a little bit of doubt. Doubt is good. It’s an emotion we can build on. Perhaps if we feed it with curiosity it will blossom into something useful, like suspicion – and action.”

What is this book about?

Shades of Grey describes what society and social order would be like if this was all arranged on color. The people in the society can all see only one color and what color this is, determines your standing in the world. Do you just see shades of grey, then you are at the very bottom (oh god, so many Fifty Shades of Gray jokes possible here) and if you can see violet you are at the top. The entire world and your entire life will be based on the color in which you see the world. We follow Eddie Russet, a low-level red with small ambitions. But then he falls in love with Jane, a grey Nightseer who opens up his world and shows how messed up this colortocracy actually is.

Why is it boring?

Are you really looking forward to another dystopian story, but now based on colors? Haven’t we had enough of the plucky heroin who comes from a poor background, showing the rich boy what life is actually like? Do we really need to overthrow another government?!

Who would you recommend it to?

Anyone! My writing did not prepare you for this at all, did it? I might have to take my enthusiasm back a notch. This book is not for people who don’t like to laugh while reading and it is definitely not for people who can’t get over the fact that entire world turned some kind of colorblind. So if you are a too realistic bore, this is not the book for you, otherwise I think you will love it!

Why should I read it if it’s boring?!

Shades of Grey is written by Jasper Fforde who also wrote the brilliant Thursday Next series. However, this novel is even better then anything he ever wrote before and I can’t exactly explain why that is. His humor is as good as it always is and his world building is phenomenal, but there is something special about Shades of Grey that makes it special-er than all those other books. It deals with social status and the difference between classes and is serious about this, but it goes around explaining the problems with such good fun that it never gets bogged down. The small hints at what has come before the world as they know it is on par with the storytelling of Adventure Time and makes you want to know more. The characters are lovable without being too perfect and their adventure is fun and scary without being unbelievable. Fforde just hits the exact right spot with everything he tries in this novel and succeeds perfectly!

Rating 5/5
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Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She’s one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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