Lexicon by Max Barry

LexiconLexicon by Max Barry

2013

Penguin

Source: ebook from public library

What an exciting thriller! Lexicon is one of those books I feel I can’t say too much about the plot, as it would spoil the book.

In alternating chapters, we have the stories of Wil and Emily. Wil is meeting his girlfriend at an airport when a mysterious man with a gun kidnaps him. A secret organization recruits homeless teen con artist Emily to attend their Academy. Eventually they meet each other, Emily having learned how to control people using words.

Barry brought up timely themes about the use and misuse of words in the Information Age. Yes, you lose privacy online, but the bigger issue is someone can take your information and use it to manipulate you. He also brings to mind the question “Who or what is controlling the people who control you?”

There was good character development throughout the novel, using the alternating viewpoints of Wil, Emily, and sometimes other characters. The only part I had trouble with was figuring out what was a flashback and what was in the present. That might have been because I read it so fast, though!

Like his previous novel Jennifer Government, Max Barry makes a compelling story out of current events and ideas.