The List

The List

eBook - 2017
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The fantasy book of the year.--Eoin Colfer, bestselling author of Artemis Fowl Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver for middle grade readers! You are The Wordsmith now. Are you ready for the challenge? The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth. To make sure humans are able to survive, everyone in Ark must speak List, a language of only 500 words. Everyone that is, except Letta. As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta can read all the words that have ever existed. Forbidden words like freedom, music, and even pineapple tell her about a world she's never known. One day her master disappears and the leaders of Ark tell Letta she is the new Wordsmith and must shorten List to fewer and fewer words. Then Letta meets a teenage boy who somehow knows all the words that have been banned. Letta's faced with a dangerous choice: sit idly by and watch language slowly slip away or follow a stranger on a path to freedom ... or banishment.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Sourcebooks, 2017
ISBN: 9781492647973
9781492647980
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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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Parkville_Kids
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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