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  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books (22 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386325
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.3 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,257,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the answers that were once so black and white get blurred, you get...SHADES OF GREY

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Jackie Kessler lives in Upstate New York with her husband, two children, two cats, and about 9,000 comics. Caitlin Kittredge lives in Washington and is the proud owner of an English degree, two cats, a morbid imagination, a taste for black clothing, punk rock, and comic books.

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Great book, loved the first, second's just as good. Easily carries 3 simultaneous story lines (even if the normal's story is a little dull).
The Icarus universe is expanded and neatly woven in to the fabric of our own. Raises the issues of good versus evil, destiny and genetic predispositions amoung others.
Love the characters, love the plot, it's a shame I found it on sale in a supermarket rather than in a book store or library.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug 2010
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If you loved your superhero tales as a child, then this grown up version from two of the hottest Team Seattle Urban Fantasy Authors really will keep you happy. It doesn't pull any punches as romance, vengeance, larceny and the lines of heroism/villainy become blurred by the slant placed upon the cast by the media. Whilst I am more of a fan of Ennis' The Boys type fiction this offering really does do what the genre a huge favour with its presentation. Beautifully written with two principle protagonista's you really can't get quite enough of backed up with great prose solid dialogue and women who know how to kick butt and its something that many will get a real blast out of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Part Two of a Great Series 16 Aug 2010
By S. Baskin - Published on
Format: Paperback
Fans of Black and White will love this engaging sequel, Shades of Gray.

Shades of Gray helps answer many of the questions proposed in Black and White. This is sensational for fans of Black and White who were left with many questions at the end of the first book. Because of this readers who haven't read Black and White should do so before trying to read Shades of Gray if they want to understand what's going on.

Like Black and White Kittredge and Kessler have done an amazing job creating the world of New Chicago and its multidimensional characters. Jet and Iridium are amazingly well written and fans of the series really will get to see what makes each of them tick in this new book.

One of my favorite parts of Shades of Gray were the inter chapters where you get to see the past and what the old heroes were like. It was really interesting to watch the transition between hero and villain and what when through Archlight's and Night's minds. But even more impressive than that was the way everything was so eloquently pieced together. From the introduction of the new heroes, to the tidbits from the journal before each chapter, to the alternation between characters in the past and present. All of it was done beautifully and Kittredge and Kessler really outdid themselves when creating this book.

My only complaint was that it's not over. The mysteries are not all solved and there's even more questions now. But it was well written, filled with great action sequences, and an incredibly engaging book. All in all a must read for any fan of superheroes or anyone just looking for an engaging science fiction/fantasy book.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great speculative fiction 26 Jun 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Paperback
In New Chicago, Jet and Iridium know their relationship is still changing. Once the pair was the best friends forever; soon afterward they became the best of enemies forever; recently out of desperation they teamed up to defeat the Night (see Black and White) though each believes this changes nothing between them.

However an unintended consequence of their victory over the rogue superhero is in destroying the brainwashing transmitting gizmo that controlled Squadron loyalty has posed a new threat. With no one pledged to Corps-Co any longer since the transmitter failure, the Squadron members are outraged, divided and confused. Extrahumans wants revenge while normal humans are turning catatonic as an old enemy of superheroes Everyman has surfaced with vengeance in mind. While Doctor Hypnotic has escaped incarceration using his mesmerizing power to cause further mayhem for everyone especially the former BFFs who still want to remain on the side of the law though that is increasingly turning impossible as their former allies, their enemies, even a dad, and the humans they pledge to protect are after them.

This is a great work of speculative fiction that rotates past and present through the viewpoints of various characters. Fast-paced with plenty of action as seemingly everyone residing in New Chicago wants to either kill or ate least kick the butts of Jet and Iridium. With a nod to The Watchmen, fans will relish the second Kessler-Kittredge superb superhero world as the heroines learn an inconvenient truth about the past and unintentional second and third order effects.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
(UK) Title of the (US) version, Shades of Gray 9 Feb 2012
By Michael - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the UK version of Shades of Gray (Icarus Project, Book 2). This should really be made more clear in the product description.

Note: The 3 star review for this is the same rating from my review of Shades of Gray (Icarus Project, Book 2). I do not own a copy of the UK version so if there are differences between that edition and the US version, disregard this review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful read! 28 Jun 2010
By SusiSunshine - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I received this book as an ARC I was thrilled and nearly out of my mind with joy. I totally adored the first book, Black & White and I couldn't wait to read this one. I completely lost the memory of any other books and jumped head first into the world of superheroes and supervillians again
I will try to keep this review spoiler free but it will probably contain a few spoilers from book one, so stop reading if you haven't read that one. You should go to a bookstore and redeem this mistake. *wink*

The first thing I really loved about this book is the, for lack of a better word, organization. You've heard me bitch about some books with multiple POVs and now I tell you that's the thing I adored in this book. Each chapter has the name of the hero it's about at the start and I never felt lost. Again we also have the NOW and THEN parts and I was so happy to get a glimpse at Arclights and Nights background. We also get a new part in Shades of Gray: between the NOW and THEN parts are interludes. I won't tell you anything about them just that OMG I hope we get more about them. Cryptic much? I know.

The NOW chapters are all about Jet and Iridium again. We see what happens after the Fall of Night and the destruction of the Corp Co commlinks system. The superheroes are free, more or less, and the reaction to this varies extremely. Jet and a few fellow heroes try to get the mess sorted out but they are just not enough to go against the uprising rabids. This is Jet's chance to show them what she's really made of. I liked Jet more in this book. I can't even say why, but she didn't seem as pitiful in this book. I learned to understand her more and I really wanted everything to work out for her.

I still adore Iridium with her witty and bitching comments. She made me laugh so much. I was happy to see that at least some good thing happen to her too.

The THEN chapters are centered around the life of Jet's and Iridium's parents and how life as a superhero was at that time. We see how their relationships develop and how it all became so messy. I have to admit, at some points I was screaming and raving at the characters. I told them: No, don't do that and OMG why would you do that? but unfortunately they ignored me. I have to work on my changing the past skills. I enjoyed the unique voices of Vixen, Luster (that's Arclight's original superhero name), Blackout, Angelica and Night. The resemblance between children and parents was wonderfully handled. I got attached to these characters really fast and it pained me so much more to see what happens to them.

The plot in this novel is fast paced and will keep you at the edge of your seat. It makes you want to strangle the authors when they switch to THEN although you just have to know what happens next in the NOW parts but after reading the unwanted part you want to know what happens there. You will feel like you have a little shadow power with voices in your head, too. One surprising thing: I would have never thought that this book would make me cry, but it did. It is heart wrenching from time to time.

I noticed one thing in Shade of Gray that confused me a bit. The names of all the heroes. At times I was totally sure that this one hero is a man cuz the name is a male one and then bang it's a woman. Or is Kai a female name? In Germany, only boys are called that.

All in all Shade of Gray is an excellent hero story with wonderful characters and a story that will break your heart. Fast paced from the start, it will never let your attention shift to something else. Ms. Kittredge & Ms. Kessler really have super writing powers. Recommended to everyone who at least still remembers his or her love for superheroes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Shades of Grey is gold! 28 Jun 2010
By Cheryl Koch - Published on
Format: Paperback
Shades of Gray picks up and continues on from Black and White. After revealing the academy has been using mind control on all the super heroes, Iridium and Jet hope to stop them once and for all. Now that the super heroes are no longer under the control of the academy, things are a bit chaotic. Some of the super heroes did not like learning that they were puppets and have taken to vandalism and a life of crime. Others like Jet are still super heroes. Iridium and Jet will have to band together to stop the villains from taking over New Chicago. As well as stay out of the clutches of the academy.

Shades of Grey is just as awesome as Black and White. I couldn't get enough of this book. I read it in one day. These books need to be made into either movies or television series. This book featured more super heroes and villains. It was nice to get to learn more about Jet and Iridium before they became who they are today. Not to give anything away but I hope to see Jet and Iridium battle it out some more. Shades of Grey is gold!
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