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In the post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval city of Ark, speech is constrained to 500 sanctioned words. If somewhere were to speak outside that approved lexicon, they'd face banishment. The only exceptions to this rule are the Wordsmith and his apprentice, Letta. Together, they are the keepers and archivists of all language. But when Letta's master dies, she is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith and finds the situation more complicated than she knew. While fulfilling her charge to collect and save words, she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and to rob Ark's citizens of their power of speech. Soon, she realizes that it's now not only up to her to save Ark's language but also its entire culture....
©2017 Patricia Forde (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Katy J. Berner on 08-24-17

Good for YA Fantasy For Readers Who Liked The Giver

If you read the City of Ember it has similar themes. Somewhat similar to The Giver in places as well.
As a teacher, I'd love to talk with kids about the role of the contrasting settings (the forest verse the town) and why that seems to be a similar motif throughout science fiction/fantasy literature. (Think even Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and even Harry Potter).
Overall a pretty solid story, very safe text for emerging pre-teen readers but it does have some violence that might upset sensitive readers.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie Kaiser on 06-05-18

It's been quite some time since I've felt such satisfaction from a MS read

It's true that a book about the melting fuses many classic stories, Bible stories, and dystopia all together.

Beautifully and artfully told, the tale uses allusions and symbolism to create a world that at times I almost forgot to be fictional and inspire fear, courage and strength all at once. If there's only one book you read this summer, let it be The List!

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