Lexicon by Max Barry MAG

April 3, 2015
By GirlWhoWrites PLATINUM, Littleton, Colorado
GirlWhoWrites PLATINUM, Littleton, Colorado
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Lexicon  •  Max Barry

Words impact us every day in ways we don’t even understand. As I sit here writing this, I’m choosing my words carefully in order to convince or manipulate you to agree with me. That is what the poets in Lexicon by Max Barry do. They use words against you without you even realizing it. They have people on the street asking others questions to determine what words will influence them.

Watch out if anyone ever asks you, “Are you a cat person or a dog person?” or “What is your favorite color?” They could be trying to figure out your segment so that they know exactly what words to use against you. Even picking a number between one and ten can be dangerous.

What happens when a word is released that destroys a city, when a poet is manipulated to use their skills to do bad things? What happens when a 16-year-old girl is taken from the street to a special school to learn the science behind the words and the skills of manipulation? What happens when an ordinary man and a poet fall in love?

This story is told in an interesting way. It starts in the middle of the action and switches between characters and stories. You have to be a detective to figure it all out, piece by piece. When the puzzle is complete and everything makes sense, it’s better than Christmas morning. I love the way this story is told in a non-traditional, creative way. As a writer I love that words and the way they are used is at the center of this story. I think very scientifically, so the science part of it makes me love it even more.

Vartix velkor mannik wissick! I command you to buy this book immediately!

The author's comments:

I read this book in book club and really liked it so I thought I would write a review about it! I love reading because it makes me a better writer and I firmly belive that every writer needs to be a reader too. 

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This article has 5 comments.

on Apr. 18 2017 at 12:15 am
GirlWhoWrites PLATINUM, Littleton, Colorado
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You're Welcome. I hope you enjoy the book!

on Jun. 13 2016 at 11:33 pm
ambivalent SILVER, West Bend, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. [sylvia plath]

Definitely going to get this from the library - thank you! I'm always looking for new books ...

on Mar. 22 2016 at 6:05 pm
GirlWhoWrites PLATINUM, Littleton, Colorado
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Looks like you did get published in the Mag!! Congratulations!

on Mar. 22 2016 at 5:47 pm
GirlWhoWrites PLATINUM, Littleton, Colorado
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Thank you so much! Just keep writing and one day you will get in the Mag! Good luck!

on Jul. 30 2015 at 7:39 pm
SomeoneMagical PLATINUM, Durham, New Hampshire
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Good job on this review...I would type a longer message but it was deleted . You're a great writer. By the way congrats for getting in the mag! I hope to do so as well ( dosen't everyone? ) anyway, i like your use of words and your clean sounding voice as you do this review. Great work (-:

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