Hundreds of years into the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is a completely different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierachy is determined by your perception of colour. Average Red Eddie Russett dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood, until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane, a lowly Grey with a desire to see him killed. For Eddie, it's love at first sight, but his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems. With elements of George Orwell and Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde is a brilliant eccentric writer and Shades of Grey is a fascinatingly unforgettable story.