What Dangerous Words Lurk In Your “Lexicon”?


thEver since I watched “Star Wars”, I wanted Obi Wan’s power of persuasion (“these aren’t the droids you’re looking for”). “Lexicon” proposes that a group of people are honing their ability of persuasion in exactly that way. The book flashed back and forth between two story lines that merged together near the end of the novel (not soon enough for me).  First, the story follows Emily, a teen living on the street who accepts an invitation to move into an Academy where she is taught about power words and mind control. She teaches herself a great deal more about the history of this power than she is meant to know. Although her natural ability baffles the staff, she is soon thrown out of the school for using her powers of persuasion in ways that are restricted. The second story line focused on Elliot and Will who are escaping from people trying to kill them. The story reminded me a lot of “The Maze Runner” because there was a company controlling people, and also because the reader was kept in the dark about the motives of the people in charge and background for so long. The author was trying so hard to be cleaver with this story that for me it became a little confusing. For such a huge build up, I thought the end wasn’t that satisfying. The story was bloody and violent without much explanation. I wanted to like this book more than I did.

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