Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (Paperback)

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In Eddie Russett's world, your social order (jobs and marriage, too!) are based on what color you can see. Spoons are passed down, animals have bar codes, and the Last Rabbit is on its way out. In short, it's a dystopic world out there, and the more Eddie sees, the more he questions... and worse, he's just fallen for the wrong girl. Silly, brilliant, and fully of imagination! 

— From Lish

Shades of Grey is fantastic! Jasper Fforde brings us an exciting and imaginative (of course, it's Jasper Fforde!) new world. This is out in January, mark your calendars and come see him when he reads in February on the Third Place Stage!!

— From Wendy

January 2010 Indie Next List

“Set in a future world in which a caste system of color rigidly defines each individual, our naive young hero -- who wants nothing more than to marry up-color -- is sent to the outskirts of the civilized world as punishment for prideful behavior. Here, he falls in love -- and must answer some uncomfortable questions and face dangerous truths. Fforde's characters are quirky, fresh, and engaging, and he draws from a seemingly bottomless well of hilarity. Funny, fast-paced, and fabulous!”
— jennie turner-collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


The New York Times bestseller and "a rich brew of dystopic fantasy and deadpan goofiness" (The Washington Post)

Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted facade.

About the Author

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out of the window and arranging words on a page. He lives and writes in Wales. The Eyre Affair was his first novel in the bestselling "Thursday Next" series. He is also the author of the "Nursery Crime" series.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143118589
ISBN-10: 0143118587
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
Pages: 390
Language: English