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Lexicon - Max Barry

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Words are weapons and one man is immune, in this dazzlingly original high-concept thriller from Australian author Max Barry.

Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died.

Few people know what really happened.

Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love.

Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn't remember it. And he doesn't know why he's immune to the poets' powers. But he knows he needs to run.

As their stories converge, the past is revealed, and the race is on for a deadly weapon: a word.

Because the poets know that words can kill...

About the Author

Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government, and Syrup soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person.

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Words don't do this book justice.

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  • Could Not Put This Down
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    • Gift
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    Comments about Lexicon:

    I couldn't stop reading this and completed it in a day. Nicely written with ongoing action and crossing story arc.

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

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

    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, author of The Magicians

    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, author of The Expats

    Max Barry

    Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government and Syrup, soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person.

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    ISBN: 9781444764666
    ISBN-10: 1444764667
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 400
    Published: 25th June 2013
    Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 3.0
    Weight (kg): 0.47
    Edition Number: 1