The List

The List

Book - 2017
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Letta, charged with collecting and saving words, uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language, robbing the people of Ark of the power of speech, and realizes she must also save the culture itself.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781492647966
1492647969
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC For
Characteristics: viii, 353 pages ; 22 cm

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pink_panther_736
Jun 22, 2019

A little slow at first, but it picks up the pace after a while. This book deserves a sequel!! Soooooo good! I think there are some names in the book that are (maybe? Kind of?) symbolic in the book. I mean, Letta's name sounds like the word letter and she's the wordsmith. Five stars and two thumbs up!! I read this book in two days and the book is over 350 pages long, it was that good! I would recommend to anyone who is willing to start slow-ish and work their way up to a good fast pace towards the end of the book. Second-to-last chapter is the climax of the story and you can really feel for Letta!

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MichellehHaro
Feb 18, 2018

In The List, people only have few approved words in their vocabulary, and Letta works as an apprentice to a wordsmith, the person in charge of changing the "List."

I found this concept to be extremely interesting, and many questions popped into my head every time I opened the book. Who decided it had to be this way? How did people conform to this life? Did anyone fight back? But, as a multilinguist and translator, my biggest question was: What about other languages? Is this a world where only English/List is spoken? That was disappointing.

If you asked me anything about the characters, I'm not sure what I would say. Letta is adventurous? Maybe. Though, to be completely honest, I could not connect with any of the characters. However, I'm sure that if I had read it when I was younger I would've been able to. The narration, or writing style, also has that fantastic, middle-grade vibe that I would've loved back then.

This is a middle-grade book, and while for me it was just a nice story, I'm sure that for someone out there it could be a world-changing story.

JCLChrisK Jan 11, 2018

A most intriguing dystopian premise: After most of the world has been destroyed by global warming, the survivors live in Ark, a city designed and built by environmental extremists who saw disaster coming and prepared for it. John Noa is Ark's creator and benevolent dictator, controlling the smallest details of everyone's lives. His secret belief is that humanity's survival lies in a total return to nature as mere creatures, and his method for taking the humanity out of humans is to remove language from the equation.

While The List is an intriguing, fast-paced story I thoroughly enjoyed, I felt the premise needed more time and space to be fully realized. I wanted more: more character development, world-building, and complexity, and a longer plot arc. It was good. It could have been excellent. Still, it is a highly enjoyable read.

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pvjuvenile
Nov 01, 2017

I liked the characters, especially Letta. I would not like to live there. If you like the Hunger Games you should read this. - Laura

I love this book, but I felt like it needed more details. It was surprising especially when people were speaking List. Keep in mind this is in the future. - Lucie

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pink_panther_736
Jun 22, 2019

pink_panther_736 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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