The List

The List

Book - 2017
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Letta, charged with collecting and saving words, uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language, robbing the people of Ark of the power of speech, and realizes she must also save the culture, itself
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2017]
ISBN: 9781492647966
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Characteristics: viii, 353 pages ; 22 cm

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MichellehHaro
Feb 18, 2018

In The List, people only have few approved words in their vocabulary, and Letta works as an apprentice to a wordsmith, the person in charge of changing the "List."

I found this concept to be extremely interesting, and many questions popped into my head every time I opened the book. Who decided it had to be this way? How did people conform to this life? Did anyone fight back? But, as a multilinguist and translator, my biggest question was: What about other languages? Is this a world where only English/List is spoken? That was disappointing.

If you asked me anything about the characters, I'm not sure what I would say. Letta is adventurous? Maybe. Though, to be completely honest, I could not connect with any of the characters. However, I'm sure that if I had read it when I was younger I would've been able to. The narration, or writing style, also has that fantastic, middle-grade vibe that I would've loved back then.

This is a middle-grade book, and while for me it was just a nice story, I'm sure that for someone out there it could be a world-changing story.

JCLChrisK Jan 11, 2018

A most intriguing dystopian premise: After most of the world has been destroyed by global warming, the survivors live in Ark, a city designed and built by environmental extremists who saw disaster coming and prepared for it. John Noa is Ark's creator and benevolent dictator, controlling the smallest details of everyone's lives. His secret belief is that humanity's survival lies in a total return to nature as mere creatures, and his method for taking the humanity out of humans is to remove language from the equation.

While The List is an intriguing, fast-paced story I thoroughly enjoyed, I felt the premise needed more time and space to be fully realized. I wanted more: more character development, world-building, and complexity, and a longer plot arc. It was good. It could have been excellent. Still, it is a highly enjoyable read.

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pvjuvenile
Nov 01, 2017

I liked the characters, especially Letta. I would not like to live there. If you like the Hunger Games you should read this. - Laura

I love this book, but I felt like it needed more details. It was surprising especially when people were speaking List. Keep in mind this is in the future. - Lucie

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