The List: A Review

 

I feel like this book is a superstar. As in the book formerly known as The Wordsmith. It’s being printed here in the States now, and you’ll be able to buy it in August. The publisher couldn’t have described it better than they have with this blurb:

Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver in this gripping story about the power of words and the dangers of censorship.

Yes, I was psyched to read this book. And they meet up in the most fantastical way. You see I haven’t been given The List. I can use any and all words that I wish. I can even make them up.

In this future version of Earth, we find humans alive after global warming has decimated the human and animal population. Tyrannical Noa is in charge and seeks to control his followers completely and exactly by allowing them just a 500-word vocabulary. He led the last survivors to the Ark where they all live after the waters of the Earth rise and take most of the land. Noa is convinced that language is to blame for the destruction of the planet.

It’s almost a medieval setting in the way their new society is set up. School ends at a young age and job training begins around age 12.  Some trades require a few more specialty words and those are doled out by the Wordsmith. At the start of the story Letta is an apprentice to the Wordsmith, and upon his sudden death, she is promoted. She is now the only person in charge of collecting and saving words. In fact, if people come across words, not on The List they are required to give them to her. She later finds out that they are being destroyed and not archived as she was trained to believe.

Without giving away any spoilers I can say that this book will stand alone with a satisfying conclusion but there is also room for a sequel and I hope it gets written.

I received a digital copy of The List written by Patricia Forde to read and review from the publisher. You and I can purchase this August 8, 2017. Or if you don’t want to wait you can order it under its old name The Wordsmith from the Book Depository.