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Lexicon - Max Barry
Lexicon
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At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics—at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science .Students harness the hidden power of language to... show more
At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics—at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science .Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as “poets”: adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive. Whip-smart orphan Emily Ruff is making a living running a three-card Monte game on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization’s recruiters. She is flown across the country for the school’s strange and rigorous entrance exams, where, once admitted, she will be taught the fundamentals of persuasion by Brontë, Eliot, and Lowell—who have adopted the names of famous poets to conceal their true identities. For in the organization, nothing is more dangerous than revealing who you are: Poets must never expose their feelings lest they be manipulated. Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love. Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed by two strange men in an airport bathroom. Although he has no recollection of anything they claim he’s done, it turns out Wil is the key to a secret war between rival factions of poets and is quickly caught in their increasingly deadly crossfire. Pursued relentlessly by people with powers he can barely comprehend and protected by the very man who first attacked him, Wil discovers that everything he thought he knew about his past was fiction. In order to survive, must journey to the toxically decimated tow nof Broken Hill, Australia, to discover who he is and why an entire town was blown off the map. As the two narratives converge, the shocking work of the poets is fully revealed, the body count rises, and the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless. Max Barry’s most spellbinding and ambitious novel yet, Lexicon is a brilliant thriller that explores language, power, identity, and our capacity to love—whatever the cost.  
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594205385 (1594205388)
ASIN: 1594205388
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Libromancer's Apprentice
Libromancer's Apprentice rated it
4.0 [Book Review] Lexicon
Lexicon is a book about words, about using them to manipulate and control the world around you. About power, balances, and relationships. In some ways Lexicon is a light thriller with a unique premise. In other ways it is a very complex and multilayered story. Part of my reason for picking it as...
Papyrus to Datapad
Papyrus to Datapad rated it
5.0 Lexicon
Lexicon is, at it's heart, a story about neurolinguistic programming and what happens when a group of people not only have access to its power, but keep it a secret from the rest of the human race. It's clever, weaving in recent politics and societal trends into the framework of conspiracy, and pai...
Incomplete Tales
Incomplete Tales rated it
Read this and thought to myself: what an underwhelming ending, which has been happening a lot lately with my recent reads. But let me just talk about the rest of the novel.I wasn’t a huge fan of the main characters when I first met them, but both started growing on me as the narration began revealin...
Audio Book Junkie
Audio Book Junkie rated it
4.0
Max Barry is now one of my "I think I'll read everything he's written" authors. I've been reading science fiction for decades, so I know how rare it is to come across a book like "Lexicon" which has not just a new ideas, but a clever, well-thought through plot, written by someone who is skilled at...
The Library Lass Booklikes Blog
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3.5 Lexicon by Max Barry
Max Barry's Lexicon is a high-action urban fantasy novel that starts slowly but becomes impossible to put down. The plot is exciting and unique, but failed to emotionally connect with me on any level. I find myself conflicted about this novel - I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite reach me.Lexicon is a...
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