I know I’m a bit behind on the whole Fifty Shades of Grey hype, but about a month or so ago, I started reading the first book and just COULD NOT put it down!
In general, I’m a pretty slow reader, but I finished it in 3 days, then had to have the second book, Fifty Shades Darker and I’m currently reading the third book in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed.
Just as I was getting into the whole Fifty Shades, E.L James launched her fourth book; GREY – The Fifty Shades of Grey story as told by Christian.
With such a huge fan base, GREY, which opened sales on the 18th June 2015 (Christian’s birthday by the way) sold a massive 647,401 copies (physical and digital books) in its opening 3 days in the UK.
Of course, I had to read it – between finishing Fifty Shades Darker and watching the movie (of course)!
If you’re a Fifty Shades fan, GREY gives you a chance to get to know Christian a little bit better.
Yes, it’s the same story as the first book, but reading GREY gives the reader more understanding into how he thinks and acts and how he was feeling the whole time he was pursuing Anastasia – the girl who changed his life!
In the first book, you can’t really understand Christian’s character as the story is from Ana’s perspective, while GREY takes you through the same story, but with a fresh pair of eyes and through a completely different character.
GREY gives you a deeper insight into Christian’s internal struggles, his dreams and reflections. It allows you to understand his horrid childhood and how it has shaped him into the man he is. Why he’s drawn to power and dark sexual desires, but also what makes him a successful business man and such a strong character.
After reading Grey…
To be honest, I found GREY just a little bit boring. Not because of the story line – as it follows the same gripping story line as the first book, but I think it was because I had read the first book and GREY too close together. While Fifty Shades of Grey had me enthralled, GREY almost felt a little Déjà vu, I guess, because the original storyline was still so fresh in my mind, I knew what was coming next.
But overall, I enjoyed GREY. I would only suggest that you give yourself a long enough break between reading Fifty Shades of Grey and then reading GREY to fully appreciate the story.
It’s a great book that transports you into Christian’s world and getting to know him, without having to sign the NDA!