The List

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The List is a novel about a community that survives the meltdown of polar ice caps and resulting destruction of earth. A ruthless leader has no faith in men and wants to control them by controlling the words that can be spoken. Letta, the community wordsmith apprentice, must fight against the leader (Noa) to keep language and words alive; but she must do it in secret to keep herself and her cause alive.

When I began reading The List, I was excited about the story. It sounded intriguing: the use and control of language, global warming and its power of destruction, personal battles for what we think is right, love stories, lost family. But the book fell very short. Letta, the main protagonist, too easily defeated and tricked her otherwise highly intelligent and ruthless foes. Each time a struggle was presented, bringing me to the edge of my seat, the resolution fell flat and left me feeling disappointed. Her struggles were too easy and didn’t result in a changed or wiser character.

I loved the premise of this book, but I felt like the author rushed through what could have been an amazing storyline. In a strange juxtaposition, the author left the ending open and without resolution. I wanted to love this book and kept reading in hopes it would improve. Although I feel the author’s use of words and language was superior, she filled out of the storyline with less success than expected. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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Author Patricia Forde
Star Count 2.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publish Date 2017-Aug-08
ISBN 9781492647966
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Issue April 2018
Category Young Adult


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