3 star

Lexicon has an interesting premise, but falls short with its execution. Lexicon follows a group of people who are able to influence others through the use of language. Emily Ruff is living on the streets when a recruiter sends her across the country to learn the art of persuasion through language. Will Jamieson is attacked in an airport and is told he is the key to a secret war.

Lexicon is action packed; from the first page to the last. Despite it being full of exciting moments, the pace felt inconsistent throughout the middle of the novel. There would be stretches where I couldn’t stop reading and other where I had to put the book down because it was boring. This inconsistent pace is a consequence of the story being told in a nonlinear fashion. The story jumps from the present to the past and back to the present so often that it was sometimes hard to keep track. I found myself having to reread portions of a chapter once I realized which tense I was reading.

What I loved most about this book was its concept. Many dystopian novels focus on the importance of language and how language should be controlled/manipulated to diminish the power of the person/people speaking. Lexicon celebrates the power of language for those who are strong enough to withstand it. I especially loved the use of famous poets names. It’s an interesting concept, however it falls flat because of its execution.


Overall, Lexicon was an interesting read with a strong concept despite its lackluster execution. If you’re looking for an action packed dystopian that is similar to classic dystopian novels than look no further!