Waiting on Wednesday #57: ‘Lexicon’ by Max Barry


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.




Max Barry

Publication Date:
June 18th, 2013


Hardcover, 384 pages

At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics–at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as “poets”, adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

Whip-smart orphan Emily Ruff is making a living running a three-card Monte game on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization’s recruiters. She is flown across the country for the school’s strange and rigorous entrance exams, where, once admitted, she will be taught the fundamentals of persuasion by Bronte, Eliot, and Lowell–who have adopted the names of famous poets to conceal their true identities. For in the organization, nothing is more dangerous than revealing who you are: Poets must never expose their feelings lest they be manipulated. Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.

Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed by two strange men in an airport bathroom. Although he has no recollection of anything they claim he’s done, it turns out Wil is the key to a secret war between rival factions of poets and is quickly caught in their increasingly deadly crossfire. Pursued relentlessly by people with powers he can barely comprehend and protected by the very man who first attacked him, Wil discovers that everything he thought he knew about his past was fiction. In order to survive, must journey to the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, to discover who he is and why an entire town was blown off the map.

As the two narratives converge, the shocking work of the poets is fully revealed, the body count rises, and the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless. Max Barry’s most spellbinding and ambitious novel yet, Lexicon is a brilliant thriller that explores language, power, identity, and our capacity to love–whatever the cost.

Good Reads


One adult book that I found on Good Reads that is definitely on my wishlist. Sounds so interesting!

What do you think about my pick for this week?


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  2. Rebecca @ Bending The Spine

    February 28, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    The use words as weapons!!! Sounds cool! I hope you get to enjoy this soon:)

  3. Jaime Lester

    February 28, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    The cover is incredibly eye-catching. I love the simplicity of it. I love the fonts and the white and gray scale, with the title in yellow. I would definitely pick it up if I saw it in a bookstore. And it sounds really good too. I don’t usually read Adult Fiction, but I think like you I will be making an exception for this one!

  4. Ange/Libby Blog

    February 27, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Words as weapons = WOW! This is going on my insanely giant TBR list! Great pick! Happy reading,

    Waiting on Weds @Libby Blog

  5. starryeyedjen

    February 27, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Why is it always so wrong to fall in love? 🙂 Sounds intriguing. Can’t wait to see what you think of it! Thanks for sharing & stopping by!

  6. Courtney Ann (@Shortskiee)

    February 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Sounds really good, adding to my never-ending TBR list!

    My Wow

  7. Alyssa Susanna

    February 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Hmmm, I have never heard of this book! You always have the most interesting books! I will have to make sure that I check this one out 🙂

    My WoW Choice!

  8. Bonnie

    February 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    This one sounds quite intriguing, will definitely check this one out. Great pick and thanks for sharing!
    My WoW Pick!

  9. Lisa Richards

    February 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I love the sound of this society–sounds like a good place for H. Granger. Added it to my wishlist too. Hasn’t there been another book out in the last few years with this title?

  10. Erika

    February 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Oh that sounds so good! And the cover…how did they make the text pop like that? I love it! Great pick 🙂

    Here’s my WOW.

  11. Anna

    February 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    This sounds amazing! This is going right onto my purchase list. Great choice. Please check out my WoW!


  12. Bree

    February 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    That one DOES sound interesting, I’m putting it straight to my TBR! One of my favorite parts of WoW is finding more books, lol!

    Bree 🙂

  13. Janita

    February 27, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Sounds pretty cooool! The cover is sick, so different from most YA fiction. Love it.

  14. Kimmy

    February 27, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    This book sounds really interesting! I’m putting it on my TBR list!

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