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April 16th, 2018 - Posted in Library News -

33846933by Patricia Forde, 314 pages, Grades 7 and up

In the future people speak “list.” In an attempt to keep people safe from dangerous thoughts and ideas many many words in the language of the Kingdom of Arc have been banned for all time so people speak to one another using this very abbreviated list of words to create meaning the best they can. One place in the kingdom keeps track of the greater vocabulary for posterity, keeping it hidden from the general population. Letta is an apprentice Wordsmith in Arc so she has access to this huge library of words and literature. It is her master’s and her job to continue to limit the number of words ordinary people are allowed to use to fewer and fewer words as decreed by their leader, Noa. Letta begins to notice that the concepts of words that have not been used for a long time have begun to disappear as well. What will happen to the world and to people’s lives as their language and therefore their experience of the world diminishes to almost nothing? Can this drab existence even really be considered truly living?

If you enjoy dystopias you might also like: Matched by Allie Condie, or The Giver, by Lois Lowry, or Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson.

 

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