It’s been said all you need for a good story is a girl, a gun and some conflict.
It’s got a global conspiracy theory.
Hopscotch storyline to keep you alert.
International secret society.
And a bit of linguistic neuroscience, thrown in for good luck.
Lexicon is one elaborate chase.
It’s exciting and tense and very well-told.
It’s easy to picture this as a movie starring Natalie Portman, the guy from The Hunger Games who was engaged to Miley Cyrus and George Clooney. Cristoph Waltz is further typecast as the bad guy.
Lexicon is a race against time to contain a linguistic tool that has the capability to “compromise” or control – the entire human race.
A secret society has decoded the way our brains process words. When certain words are spoken to individuals that match their “segment” or personality profile, the listener becomes a slave to the speaker. If you can train enough people to do this with evil intentions, bad things happen.
Being fascinated with language, words and stories – I found Lexicon tough to put down.
Bottom Line: As a Libro 52 fiction pick, Lexicon is not as strong as Gone Girl, but it’s an excellent read. If you’ve got room for one more summer thriller, pick this up. You’ll enjoy it. Hopefully Lexicon will arrive as a feature length film in 2016.
Bradley Hartmann is El Presidente at Red Angle (www.redanglespanish.com). He’s trying to read 52 books this year. He’s behind at the moment, but catching up.
30. Lexicon by Max Barry
Categories: Libro 52 Challenge