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The List By Patricia Forde|Review


The List
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on August 8th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: eGalley
Rating: 

In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.

On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
Let me start off by stating that I was really intrigued from the start. You are immediately immersed in a new dystopian world of few words. That concept clicked with me immediately. I loved the idea of possibilities around it. However, based on how many stars I had given this book, I wasn't overall completely impressed with the direction of this book.
The List dealt with many subjects of controversy; religion, art, power, and of course, language. However, I felt as if they could've been handled better than they had been. 
One thing I must say is that I was surprised by the diction that the author had chosen. I expected it the writing to be a little bit more advanced, then again this is directed towards middle graders. With that it mind, I think the world limit of 500 was a genius yet hurtful to the story. How could you limit yourself to 500 different words? But, with the limit, the concept strengthened the idea of how small the character's vocabulary was. 
Though this book was set in another world, we didn't get to experience that much of it. Or see the differences between our world from theirs. The book implies that you should already know everything about this world before even reading the first page. I mean, with only 500 words to work with you'd think it would be easy to understand. However, I found myself rereading sections, confused as to what in the world was going on.
Speaking of characters, some of the interactions felt awkward and confusing, as if the author was forcing the conversations to go one way but the characters wanted it to go another. 
Overall, The List is a little cliche. Though I probably won't read it again, I do recommend giving The List a go.

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