By Max Barry
At an specific tuition someplace open air of Arlington, Virginia, scholars aren’t taught historical past, geography, or mathematicsat least no longer within the traditional methods. in its place, they're taught to cajole. right here the paintings of coercion has been raised to a technology. scholars harness the hidden energy of language to control the brain and discover ways to holiday down contributors by means of psychographic markers for you to take regulate in their innovations. the superior will graduate as poets”: adept wielders of language who belong to a anonymous association that's as influential because it is secretive.
Whip-smart orphan Emily Ruff is earning profits working a three-card Monte video game at the streets of San Francisco while she draws the eye of the organization’s recruiters. She is flown around the nation for the school’s unusual and rigorous front tests, the place, as soon as admitted, she's going to study the basics of persuasion by way of Brontë, Eliot, and Lowellwho have followed the names of well-known poets to hide their actual identities. For within the association, not anything is extra harmful than revealing who you're: Poets must not ever disclose their emotions lest they be manipulated. Emily turns into the school’s so much gifted prodigy till she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.
Meanwhile, a doubtless blameless guy named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed through unusual males in an airport rest room. even supposing he has no recollection of something they declare he’s performed, it seems Wil is the major to a mystery battle among rival factions of poets and is instantly stuck of their more and more lethal crossfire. Pursued relentlessly by way of individuals with powers he can slightly understand and guarded via the very guy who first attacked him, Wil discovers that every little thing he suggestion he knew approximately his earlier was once fiction. with a purpose to continue to exist, needs to trip to the toxically decimated tow nof damaged Hill, Australia, to find who he's and why a complete city used to be blown off the map.
As the 2 narratives converge, the surprising paintings of the poets is totally published, the physique count number rises, and the area crashes towards a Tower of Babel occasion which might depart all language meaningless. Max Barry’s such a lot spellbinding and impressive novel but, Lexicon is a superb mystery that explores language, energy, id, and our capability to lovewhatever the fee.
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The flashlight beam did not quiver on the mahogany floor. In the sidelights that flanked the front door, the panes of glass were nearly as dark as the wooden muntins that separated them from one another. The sun had sunk far down the gullet of the storm. John could not be sure that the sound had been real. He might have summoned it from memory, from twenty years in the past. He went to the living room, from where the ringing might have come. The double doors—added to the archway after Sandra’s accident, to convert this space to a ground-floor bedroom—stood wide open.
Longer than you would believe, Johnny. ” “It matters to me,” John Calvino said. Pulses of lightning brightened the windows, and fat beads of rain quivered down the panes, leaving a tracery of arteries that throbbed on the glass with each bright palpitation. “I killed my mother first, in her wheelchair in the kitchen. She was getting a carton of milk from the refrigerator. ” Billy stopped rolling his head, but he continued to face the ceiling, eyes still closed. His mouth hung open. He raised his hands to his chest and slid them slowly down his torso.
John could not be sure that the sound had been real. He might have summoned it from memory, from twenty years in the past. He went to the living room, from where the ringing might have come. The double doors—added to the archway after Sandra’s accident, to convert this space to a ground-floor bedroom—stood wide open. Bedclothes had been neatly turned down, but Sandra had died before retiring for the night. No one, with or without bells, waited there. John had no interest in any remaining ground-floor rooms.