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Red Side Story by Jasper Fforde
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Red Side Story (edition 2022)

by Jasper Fforde (Author)

Series: Shades of Grey (2)

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2018137,553 (4.52)1 / 8
"Civilization has been rebuilt after an unspoken "Something that Happened" five hundred years ago. Society is now color vision-segregated, professions, marriages, and leisure activities all dictated by an individual's visual ability, and everything run by the shadowy National Color in far-off Emerald City. Out on the fringes of Red Sector West, twenty-year-old Eddie Russett is being bullied into an arranged marriage with the powerful DeMauve family, purples who hope to redden up their progeny's color-viewing potential with Eddie's gene stock. Their obnoxious daughter Violet is confident the marriage won't hamper her style for too long because Eddie is about to go on trial for a murder he didn't commit, and he's pretty sure to be sent on a one-way trip to the Green Room for execution by soporific color exposure. Meanwhile, Eddie is engaged in an illegal relationship with his co-defendant, a Green, the charismatic, unpredictable, and occasionally deadly Jane Grey. Time is running out for Eddie and Jane to figure out how to save themselves. Negotiating the narrow boundaries of the Rules within their society, they search for a loophole-some truth of their world that has been hidden from its hyper-policed citizens. As they unpeel the lies that cloak their existence they come to the worrying conclusion that they may not be alone: That there might be a Somewhere Else beyond the sea, and more, Someone Else living there-and observing them all, purposefully unseen"--… (more)
Member:EthanS1
Title:Red Side Story
Authors:Jasper Fforde (Author)
Info:Hodder & Stoughton (2022)
Collections:Your library, ebooks, Selected Books
Rating:****1/2
Tags:post-apocalyptic, Jasper Fforde, dystopia, humor, fiction, science fiction

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Red Side Story by Jasper Fforde

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 Fforde Ffans: Red Side Story - February 6th 20244 unread / 4amac121212, June 9

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It took me some time to get into this new series by Jasper Fforde, but then I really didn't want to leave. He really is a genius! Good for the brain to escape into such a different world. Though it does give one pause to think about the world we live in. Chris Harper did a good job narrating! ( )
  njcur | May 22, 2024 |
There's a feeling you get when reading a certain type of book. A sense of calm and wonder settles over you, letting you know you are being transported to another world. A world that is fascinating and alien and will allow you to completely disappear into it for hours. Red Side Story by Jasper Fforde is that kind of book.

Chromatica is as unique and vivid as Tolkien's Middle Earth or any other created universe you care to name. Only much more humor-filled.

Society in Chromatica is hierarchically governed by what color you can see, and to what degree you can see that color. Purple, yellow, and red are at the top, green at the bottom, and grey, those who can see no color to any significant degree are the much despised but essential working class.

Despite 15 years between books, Red Side Story picks up right where Shades of Grey left off. Eddie Russett who can see more than 86 percent red (87 percent if you round up), has relocated to the remote East Carmine along with Jane Grey, who recently discovered she can see a small degree of green. Their relationship is illicit, as Eddie is engaged to a high-seeing purple, Violet deMauve. Violet detests Eddie, but his high percentage of red will keep the family line from straying into the less desirable blue.

The world of Chromatica is built on the remnants of a previous civilization in a future sort of England. Objects or machines they can't understand are forbidden or ignored under a rigid set of rules that are periodically and haphazardly updated. For example, gloves are forbidden to be worn but required to be manufactured. Bending, evading, or flat-out ignoring the rules is almost an art form. Cause too much of a problem and you may become afflicted with the Mildew, a mysterious disease that seems to affect only the troublemakers.

Eddie and Jane know there are mysteries to be solved about their world and how such an unjust society came to be. They are determined to make changes, no matter how long it takes or how much danger they find themselves in.

Any Jasper Fforde novel is also going to be humorous. Filled with puns, situational humor, and downright amusing characters. Red Side Story has such a compelling plot that the humor sometimes catches you off-guard, resulting in several laugh-out-loud moments. The world-building is incredibly complex and the characters are so compelling you could spend a library full of books just following them around.

The ending of the story is surprising, satisfying, and for me, quite emotional. This would be an amazing duology if the Shades of Grey story ends here. It is also clear that this world has many more stories to tell. I would love to return to this world, but even if there are no more books in this world, this is one of my favorite series of all time.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. ( )
1 vote tottman | May 15, 2024 |
I've been waiting a dozen years for this dystopian science fiction/fantasy sequel! Read my full review here.

North American publication was May 7.

#NetGalley #RBMedia #RedSideStory ( )
  joyblue | May 10, 2024 |
The story is just as good as "Shades of Grey". But I had to deduct half a star because of the standard of copy editing in this otherwise-superb sequel. Ironically, in Fforde's acknowledgements at the rear of the book, Fforde thanks his old editor (who was superb) and then says "thanks are also due" to his new editor. I can't decide whether he was being ironic. It's so annoying when such a great story is compromised by poor copy-editing. ( )
  N7DR | Apr 16, 2024 |
You'll certainly want to have read Shades of Grey before this one, or it won't make much sense, but the weird color-based madness world-building continues apace in this one, which brings in some even darker dystopian elements. A typically Ffordian delight.
  JBD1 | Apr 14, 2024 |
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Bevor ich Jane, die Graue, traf, hatte ich nur einen Bruchteil meiner Welt gesehen. Danach sah ich mehr denn je. Es machte mir damals Angst, und es macht mir heute noch Angst.


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"Civilization has been rebuilt after an unspoken "Something that Happened" five hundred years ago. Society is now color vision-segregated, professions, marriages, and leisure activities all dictated by an individual's visual ability, and everything run by the shadowy National Color in far-off Emerald City. Out on the fringes of Red Sector West, twenty-year-old Eddie Russett is being bullied into an arranged marriage with the powerful DeMauve family, purples who hope to redden up their progeny's color-viewing potential with Eddie's gene stock. Their obnoxious daughter Violet is confident the marriage won't hamper her style for too long because Eddie is about to go on trial for a murder he didn't commit, and he's pretty sure to be sent on a one-way trip to the Green Room for execution by soporific color exposure. Meanwhile, Eddie is engaged in an illegal relationship with his co-defendant, a Green, the charismatic, unpredictable, and occasionally deadly Jane Grey. Time is running out for Eddie and Jane to figure out how to save themselves. Negotiating the narrow boundaries of the Rules within their society, they search for a loophole-some truth of their world that has been hidden from its hyper-policed citizens. As they unpeel the lies that cloak their existence they come to the worrying conclusion that they may not be alone: That there might be a Somewhere Else beyond the sea, and more, Someone Else living there-and observing them all, purposefully unseen"--

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