Ciska's Book Chest

I am an eclectic reader with preferences for crime/thriller/suspense, historical fiction, literature and contemporary fiction. For more books and other bookish posts visit my blog at Ciska's Book Chest

Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (Shades of Grey, #1)

Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (Shades of Grey, #1) - Jasper Fforde The authorJasper Fforde spent twenty years in the film business before debuting on the New York Time Bestseller list with 'The Eyre Affair' in 2001. Since then he has written another six novels featuring his Literary Detective heroine Thursday Next, the latest in the series, 'The Woman Who Died a Lot' being published this Summer in the US and the UK.Fforde's writing is an eclectic mix of genres, which might be described as a joyful blend of Comedy-SF-thriller-Crime-Satire. He freely admits that he fascinated not just by books themselves, but by the way we read and what we read, and his reinvigoration of tired genres have won him many enthusiastic supporters across the world.Amongst Fforde's output are police procedurals featuring nursery rhyme characters; a series for Young Adults about Magic and Dragons set in a shabby world of failing magical powers, and 'Shades of Grey' a post-apocalyptic dystopia set three world orders into the future, where social hierarchy is based on the colours you can see.Fforde failed his Welsh Nationality Test by erroneously identifying Gavin Henson as a TV chef, but continues to live and work in his adopted nation despite this setback. He has a Welsh wife, two welsh daughters and a welsh dog, who is mad (but not because he's Welsh). Source http://www.jasperfforde.com/The synopsisAs long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see. Young Eddie Russett has no ambition to be anything other than a loyal drone of the Collective. With his better-than-average red perception, he could well marry Constance Oxblood and inherit the string works; he may even have enough red perception to make prefect. For Eddie, life looks colorful. Life looks good. But everything changes when he moves with his father, a respected swatchman, to East Carmine. There, he falls in love with a Grey named Jane who opens his eyes to the painful truth behind his seemingly perfect, rigidly controlled society. Curiosity--a dangerous trait to display in a society that demands total conformity--gets the better of Eddie, who beings to wonder: Why are there not enough spoons to go around? Why is everything--and everyone--barcoded? What happened to all the people who never returned from High Saffron? And why, when you begin to question the world around you, do black-and- white certainties reduce themselves to shades of grey? The reviewThis is going to be difficult to write a proper review for this book. This book does not have a translation in my mother tongue so I had to read it in English. This is usually not a problem but there are so many subtleties in this book that I have the feeling I have been left out. That I missed some really important details. Which I guess is the reason there is no translation of this book cause it has to be a damn good translator to write this in another language. Still, I enjoyed the book. It was a very well written story about indoctrination and that if you plan to rule a country by an ideology you have to take extra care for those towns that are close to the borders cause they seem to be easily influenced by things they think they see outside of those borders.The personalities of the characters are stated very clear. You know who is the nasty one and the good one in an instance. But I am still wondering what they actually look like. I would love to see a drawing of a character like Edward. What I loved too where all the weird ideas brought to you by this author. How does someone get the idea to ban spoons. Further M'donna and Mr. Simply Red and of course the fact that swans are nasty creatures. I had a good laugh over those things.So maybe the 3 stars are not really fair but I would not really be able to explain a higher rating if people asked me.