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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 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 town of 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.

Review:

"About as close you can get to the perfect cerebral thriller: searingly smart, ridiculously funny, and fast as hell. Lexicon reads like Elmore Leonard high out of his mind on Snow Crash." Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians and The Magician King

Review:

"Lexicon grabbed me with the opening lines, and never let go. An absolutely thrilling story, featuring an array of compelling characters in an eerily credible parallel society, punctuated by bouts of laugh-out-loud humor." Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats

Review:

"Dazzling and spectacularly inventive. A novel that jams itself sideways into your brain and stays there." Mike Carey, author of The Devil You Know

Review:

"I don't know how you could craft a better weekend read than this novel of international intrigue and weaponized Chomskian linguistics. It's the perfect mix of philosophical play and shotgun-inflected chase scenes. Like someone let Grant Morrison loose on the Bourne identity franchise." Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will be Invincible

Review:

“Insanely good. Dark and twisted and sweet and humane all at once.” Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls

Review:

"Best thing I've read in a long, long time." Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool

Review:

"An absolutely first-rate, suspenseful thriller with convincing characters who invite readers empathy and keep them turning pages until the satisfying conclusion." Booklist (starred)

Review:

"A scary and satisfying blend of thriller, dystopia, and horror." Library Journal

Review:

"An up-all-night thriller for freaks and geeks who want to see their wizards all grown up in the real world and armed to the teeth in a bloody story." Kirkus

Review:

"[An] ambitious satirical thriller…amuses as much as it shocks." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Imagine, if you will, a secret group of people called Poets who have the power to control others simply by speaking to them. Barry has, and the result is an extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller." Time Magazine

About the Author

Max Barry is the author of Syrup (1999), Jennifer Government (2003), Company (2006), and Machine Man (2011). He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594205385
Author:
Barry, Max
Publisher:
Penguin Press
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 400 pages Penguin Press - English 9781594205385 Reviews:
"Review" by , "About as close you can get to the perfect cerebral thriller: searingly smart, ridiculously funny, and fast as hell. Lexicon reads like Elmore Leonard high out of his mind on Snow Crash."
"Review" by , "Lexicon grabbed me with the opening lines, and never let go. An absolutely thrilling story, featuring an array of compelling characters in an eerily credible parallel society, punctuated by bouts of laugh-out-loud humor."
"Review" by , "Dazzling and spectacularly inventive. A novel that jams itself sideways into your brain and stays there."
"Review" by , "I don't know how you could craft a better weekend read than this novel of international intrigue and weaponized Chomskian linguistics. It's the perfect mix of philosophical play and shotgun-inflected chase scenes. Like someone let Grant Morrison loose on the Bourne identity franchise."
"Review" by , “Insanely good. Dark and twisted and sweet and humane all at once.”
"Review" by , "Best thing I've read in a long, long time."
"Review" by , "An absolutely first-rate, suspenseful thriller with convincing characters who invite readers empathy and keep them turning pages until the satisfying conclusion."
"Review" by , "A scary and satisfying blend of thriller, dystopia, and horror."
"Review" by , "An up-all-night thriller for freaks and geeks who want to see their wizards all grown up in the real world and armed to the teeth in a bloody story."
"Review" by , "[An] ambitious satirical thriller…amuses as much as it shocks."
"Review" by , "Imagine, if you will, a secret group of people called Poets who have the power to control others simply by speaking to them. Barry has, and the result is an extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller."
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