By Max Barry
At an particular tuition someplace outdoors of Arlington, Virginia, scholars aren’t taught heritage, geography, or mathematicsat least no longer within the ordinary methods. as an alternative, they're taught to cajole. right here the artwork 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 participants by means of psychographic markers as a way to take keep watch over in their options. some of the best 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 being profitable operating a three-card Monte online game at the streets of San Francisco while she draws the eye of the organization’s recruiters. She is flown around the kingdom for the school’s unusual and rigorous front checks, the place, as soon as admitted, she is going to study the basics of persuasion through Brontë, Eliot, and Lowellwho have followed the names of recognized poets to hide their actual identities. For within the association, not anything is extra harmful than revealing who you're: Poets mustn't ever divulge their emotions lest they be manipulated. Emily turns into the school’s so much proficient prodigy till she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.
Meanwhile, a probably blameless guy named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed by means of unusual males in an airport rest room. even though he has no recollection of whatever they declare he’s performed, it seems Wil is the foremost to a mystery struggle among rival factions of poets and is readily stuck of their more and more lethal crossfire. Pursued relentlessly by means of individuals with powers he can slightly understand and guarded by means of the very guy who first attacked him, Wil discovers that every little thing he proposal he knew approximately his previous used to be fiction. with a view to continue to exist, needs to trip to the toxically decimated tow nof damaged Hill, Australia, to find who he's and why a whole city was once blown off the map.
As the 2 narratives converge, the stunning paintings of the poets is absolutely printed, the physique count number rises, and the realm crashes towards a Tower of Babel occasion which might depart all language meaningless. Max Barry’s such a lot spellbinding and bold novel but, Lexicon is an excellent mystery that explores language, energy, id, and our capability to lovewhatever the price.
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Er wusste nicht, warum sich von allen Bildern gerade jenes in sein Gedächtnis eingebrannt hatte. Ein gewisser Trotz lag auch jetzt in Valerie Weymanns Haltung, der Art, wie sie ihre Schultern hielt und den Kopf. Als sich ihre Blicke begegneten, verlor sich dieser Eindruck jedoch. Ein Lächeln huschte über ihre Züge. «, sagte er. Bei ihrem Abschied vor achtzehn Monaten waren sie formlos zum Du übergegangen. Ihr Lächeln vertiefte sich. « Er betrachtete sie eingehend. Es schien ganz so, als hätte die Zeit die Spuren getilgt: die Schatten, die Angst.
Nervöse Blicke streiften sie. An der Rezeption griff eine der jungen Damen, die dort saß, sofort zum Telefon. �Wie schön, dass wir bereits erwartet werden«, bemerkte Wetzel spöttisch, der ebenfalls mit von der Partie war. « Mayer war nicht überrascht. Er kannte Gerwin Bender gut genug, um zu wissen, dass sie eine harte Nuss zu knacken hatten. Deswegen war er schließlich hier. Der Aufzug brachte sie in den dritten Stock und gab den Blick frei auf eloxiertes Metall, getönte Scheiben und einen Teppichboden, der jedes Geräusch schluckte.
Unangenehmes Schweigen folgte den scharfen Worten des Offiziers. Er war dafür bekannt, dass er kein Blatt vor den Mund nahm, doch Mayer schätzte ihn genau wegen dieser Geradlinigkeit. Er nickte dem Oberst zu, während er seinen Laptop aufklappte und den angeschlossenen Beamer einschaltete. « Alle Anwesenden wandten sich den Bildern zu, die das Gerät auf die weiße Wand projizierte: die karge Landschaft um Kundus; ausgebrannte Fahrzeugwracks; Einschlaglöcher von Geschossen; Detailaufnahmen von zerfetzten Seitenwänden der gepanzerten Wagen.
Lexicon by Max Barry