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Waiting on Wednesday (#1): Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Shades of Gray by Jasper Fforde

From the bestselling author of Thursday Next—a brilliant new novel about a world where social order and destiny are dictated by the colors you can see

Part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, Shades of Grey tells of a battle against overwhelming odds. In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red and can see his own color—but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey, and must be colorized by artificial means.

Eddie's world wasn't always like this. There's evidence of a never-discussed disaster and now, many years later, technology is poor, news sporadic, the notion of change abhorrent, and nighttime is terrifying: no one can see in the dark. Everyone abides by a bizarre regime of rules and regulations, a system of merits and demerits, where punishment can result in permanent expulsion.

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. She shows Eddie that all is not well with the world he thinks is just and good. Together, they engage in dangerous revolutionary talk.

Stunningly imaginative, very funny, tightly plotted, and with sly satirical digs at our own society, this novel is for those who loved Thursday Next but want to be transported somewhere equally wild, only darker; a world where the black and white of moral standpoints have been reduced to shades of grey.--Synopsis from GoodReads

US Release Date: December 27, 2009
UK Release Date: January 18, 2010

I love Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, starting with The Eyre Affair, and I enjoy his Nursery Crime series, beginning with The Big Over Easy, so I have high hopes for this book. His humor's not for everyone (I think he has a lot in common with Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), but he cracks me up. His Shades of Grey website has all kinds of fun goodies, including his tour schedule and upcoming contests.

Check out Miss Eliza's blog, strange and random happenstance. She received an advance copy of the book recently. Lucky Miss Eliza!

Is there something you're waiting on?


  1. Sounds great! So glad you're participating...Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Glad you posted! I can't wait to go to his a stop on his tour this January...

  3. Thanks for hosting this, Jill!

    Is Jasper Fforde coming near you, Miss Eliza? The closest he's coming to me is about a 3.5 hour drive away, so I think I'll have to skip out on meeting him.

  4. I've only ever read The Eyre Affair by him, but I love the way his brain works. I've been meaning to read more, and I definitely want to read this (I love the weird cover)

  5. Thanks, Misty!

    This one has Jasper Fforde's brain AND it's dystopian, so you should like it. I guess we'll have to wait for Miss Eliza's review. No pressure there, Miss Eliza!


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