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5.0 out of 5 stars Can hardly wait for the sequel, 1 Jan. 2011
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After the slightly disappointing Nursery Crimes (bit too silly), it's great to see fforde back on top form with this new series.

Set in the distant future, post-apocalypse (or Something that Happened, as the characters call it), society is rigidly demarcated depending on what colours you can see and how well you can see them, with the colour-blind greys forming an underclass which is worked like slaves. Young Eddie Russet is no rebel despite being sent on temporary (he hopes) relocation to East Carmine for daring to suggest an improved method of queueing; he intends to marry into the wealthy Oxblood family and play his part in the Collective. But meeting grey Jane, with her anarchic spirit and propensity for sudden violence, makes him reassess all he believes, and soon his position in society and even his life are under threat.

fforde wouldn't be fforde without his brilliant jokes. My favourite concerns one of the detailed, petty rules but which life is conducted in the Collective. For 200 years every child is given a glass of milk and a smack at 11am, until someone tentatively suggests that 'smack' may be a typo.

This is one of those books that you read quickly because you want to know what happens while, at the same time, wishing it would go for another 1000 pages.
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S. B. Kelly
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