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A Novel

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At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics. Instead, they are taught to persuade. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive. Whip-smart orphan Emily Ruff becomes the school's most talented prodigy until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love. Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed by two strange men in an airport bathroom. In order to survive, Wil must journey to the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, to discover who he is and why an entire town was blown off the map.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781624065354
162406535X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)

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JCLHopeH Jun 14, 2016

This book moved just a touch slower than I wanted, sitting right at the edge of something suspenseful and thrilling but never quite getting there. It never had quite the big bang, wowzer, "Aha!" sort of climax that I hoped for, but I still loved it. Max Barry hops back and forth in time to let readers piece the full story together, which works really well and offers some satisfying reveals.

Also: WORDS! A nerdy side of me really enjoyed imagining how this might be Noam Chomsky's "universal grammar" on steroids.

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