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By (author) Max Barry

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  • Publisher: Mulholland Books
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 239mm x 35mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 20 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444764659
  • ISBN 13: 9781444764659
  • Sales rank: 43,933

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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...

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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. Visit Max Barry's website at maxbarry.com, find him at facebook.com/maxbarry or follow him on twitter.com/maxbarry.

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Brilliantly realised... strikingly relevant... a resounding success SFX Highly entertaining and engrossing... characters that are both complicated and likeable SciFi Now Gripping... a pitch-perfect thriller, a jetpack of a plot that rocketed me from page one to page 400 in a single afternoon -- Cory Doctorow BoingBoing Truly original... a crack-paced thriller... smart and tons of fun Australian Barry's smartest dystopia yet io9 Sophisticated and laden with subtext... clearly reaffirms Barry's status as a gifted purveyor of suspense Time Out New York Best thing I've read in a long, long time... a masterpiece -- Hugh Howey, bestselling author of Wool Wonderfully crafted, dark yet humourous, fast-paced and tragic in turn National An extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller -- Lev Grossman Time Delightfully high-concept...think Noam Chomsky meets Christopher Nolan Vogue 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 The perfect mix of philosophical play and shotgun-inflected chase scenes. Like someone let Grant Morrison loose on the Bourne identity franchise. -- Austin Grossman, author of You and Soon I Will Be Invincible 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 A spellbinding, intelligent read...a freewheeling plot intermeshed with linguistic theory and some genuinely creepy horror set-pieces Guardian