Finally, another book review!

I've been meaning to write more book posts since I've gotten back into reading more often.  Here is one of the latest that I've read...

Shades Of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes, indeed!!
Quote: ""Okay, this is the wisdom. First, time spent in reconnaissanse is never wasted. Second, almost anything can be improved with the addition of bacon. And finally, there is no problem on Earth that can't be ameliorated by a hot bath and a cup of tea."" 

Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors and I always enjoy the satiric way he plays with words. Having read all of Fforde's last books, I knew I wouldn't have trouble enjoying this one. This book is much different than his last few, but his off beat sense of style is very apparent throughout the novel. 

Shades of Grey is the start of a new trilogy set in a dystopian world called Chromatica, a world were the social hierarchy is determined by the colors you can see. Our main character, Eddie Russett, is sent away from his comfortable home town to the Outer Fringes to do a survey for the Colortocracy.  Eddie soon comes to find that the world he once knew has all but dissolved.  His normal, rigid adherence to the rules of the Colortocracy are no longer doing him any good. Eddie, with the help of Jane, a Grey, begins to learn that following the rules will not guarantee merits and safety in the Outer Fringes.  

I wish I could give this book a 5, but the extreme slow pacing in the beginning gave me a rough time.  I had to force myself to read at times, but once everything fell into place I could not stop.  Fforde takes great care in building a story and the world that it takes place in. There's action, humor and the end holds you until the very last pages.  I'm already wishing for a sequel!!

If you've ever read and enjoyed any Jasper Fforde novels, I highly recommend you pick this up!

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