Lexicon - Max Barry

Lexicon book review

By Max Barry

  • Release Date: 2013-06-18
  • Genre: Adventure
Lexicon review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 242 Ratings)

Lexicon Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Lexicon is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

Stick and stones break bones. Words kill.

They recruited Emily Ruff from the streets. They said it was because she's good with words.

They'll live to regret it.

They said Wil Parke survived something he shouldn't have. But he doesn't remember.

Now they're after him and he doesn't know why.

There's a word, they say. A word that kills.

And they want it back . . . 

“Best thing I've read in a long time . . . a masterpiece.” —Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Comments about the book

  • Entertaining but unoriginal

    By KinamiT
    Kept me nicely diverted while on a long plane flight. I don't regret the time spent reading it. But I often felt like it was a less-imaginative and less-ambitious retread of some material from Snow Crash. Read that first if you haven't yet.
  • Well put together.

    By Jmmsparks
    What an amazing book, story, tale... Etc Ect. The first time I read this I was amazed and my mind was spinning with possibilities. The second time brought the same reaction. I can not recommend this book enough. The way this author pieced together the story just speaks volumes about his writing ability. Especially if someone such as myself can recognize it :)
  • Speechless

    By G322
    That's the only "Word" I can think of.
  • Okay, but forgettable, book….

    By J.D. Hawkins
    The story was okay, but I feel like both the story and the characters were not fleshed out very well. There was so much that could've been done, but nothing was. In addition, the ending was forgettable. I just finished reading this about 2 weeks ago, and found myself sitting around today trying to recall how it ended. I eventually got it, but it took awhile. It clearly doesn't stick with you.
  • Great

    By Hockey88
    I enjoyed it.
  • Works on many levels

    By Judy54321
    What a clever book! A love story. A book about the power of words and persuasion through history, through sorcery, through propaganda, through shysterism, politics and power. A book about what makes people tick. A sci-fi thriller. Engrossing. You can read it as a great way to pass time, or as a psychological study -- or anywhere in between. Have fun! I highly recommend.
  • Perfect. That seems like a good word.

    By The Cholas
    Fantastic read from a great writer. Perfectly woven tapestry of narrative. Best scifi book I've read since Wool.
  • Fantastic!

    By SDWill
    I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys a good mystery and appreciates the art of communication. Simply Fantastic!
  • Skip it

    By CMYKate
    Sorry but this was one of the worst edited books I've read in a long time. The transitions were awful. Please do us all a favor and fire your editors. The story had an interesting premise, but turned out to be a crass, zombie book in disguise. The female characters were empty and obviously dreamt up by the male brain. I wanted more; I am disappointed.

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