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  • Published: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013.
  • Year Published: 2013
  • Description: 390 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781594205385


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by Barry, Max, 1973-

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Pittsfield Adult

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Emily Ruff belongs to a secretive, influential organization whose "poets" can break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. Then she makes a catastrophic mistake and falls in love with Wil Jamieson who holds the key to a secret war between rival factions of "poets." In order to survive, Wil must journey to the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, as the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless.

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Everything about this book made me happy.

Two stories are interspersed. First, Emily, a street girl with a gift for getting people to do what she wants, is recruited by an organization that specializes in persuasion. Second, an average guy named Will is hunted for unknown reasons by said organization, from California clear to Australia.

Fantastic. Barry uses Lexicon to explore timely themes of privacy and compulsion, the dangers of disseminating personal information, the sneaky ways in which corporations and governments control and pacify us without using physical force.

In spite of all this cautionary tale-ing, Lexicon is a sharp, smart actiony romp, rife with Barry's characteristic dry wit and slick turns of phrase. There's a lot of pertinent, very-well-researched linguistics and sociology that thrilled my inner wordie.

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