Synopses & Reviews
The words brilliant and exemplary arent adequate enough to convey the amazing craft of Lexicon.” The Associated Press
Few books are greeted with rave reviews everywhere from Time magazine and Salon to Boingboing and io9. Yet, Max Barrys Lexicon is that rare thing: a thriller as high-octane as they come, driven by a brilliant and original plot that connects very modern questions of privacy and data collection to centuries-old ideas about the power of language.
At an exclusive training school at an undisclosed location outside Washington, D.C., students are taught to control minds, to wield words as weapons. The very best graduate as poets” and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose. Recruited off the street, whip-smart Emily Ruff quickly learns the one key rule: never allow another person to truly know you. Emily becomes the schools most talented prodigy, until she makes the catastrophic mistake of falling in love.
Stick and stones break bones. Words kill.
They recruited Emily Ruff from the streets. They said it was because she's good with words.
They'll live to regret it.
They said Wil Parke survived something he shouldn't have. But he doesn't remember.
Now they're after him and he doesn't know why.
There's a word, they say. A word that kills.
And they want it back . . .
Best thing I've read in a long time . . . a masterpiece.” Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool
About the Author
Max Barry is the author of five novels, Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company,�Machine Man, and�Lexicon. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.