Lexicon — Review

January 18, 2014

Lexicon by Max Barry was my first read of 2014. It’s a supercool book — part language/word geek out and part spy thriller and part something completely new. And to make it even cooler I got it as part of Book Riot’s first Quarterly box, so my copy came with a bunch of handwritten post-it note annotations from Barry himself. Can you feel the awesome from where you are, because this book radiates it.

I don’t want to say too much, or I’ll start giving things away, but let’s just say there is an organization of people, let’s call them “poets” who know how to use words. How to really use them in order to influence people.

Something horrible has happened far away and, somehow, a word is responsible.

There are a few key characters and it’s interesting to see just how they all play their part.

That’s all you’re getting from me. Seriously, go read it. There are lots of twists and turns and fun bits for word/linguistics/poetry nerds.


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