Author(s): Max Barry
Sticks and stones break bones.
They recruited Emily from the streets. They said it was because she's good with words. They'll live to regret it.
Wil survived something he shouldn't have. But he doesn't remember it. Now they're after him and he doesn't know why.
There's a word, they say. It shouldn't have got out. But it did. And they want it back...
Find out why in one of the most mind-bending, page-turning, thrilling novels you'll ever read.
Words are weapons, and one man is immune, in this dazzlingly original thriller from the author of Jennifer Government.
Brilliantly realised... strikingly relevant... a resounding success SFX Highly entertaining and engrossing... characters that are both complicated and likeable SciFi Now Gripping... a pitch-perfect thriller, a jetpack of a plot that rocketed me from page one to page 400 in a single afternoon -- Cory Doctorow BoingBoing Truly original... a crack-paced thriller... smart and tons of fun Australian Barry's smartest dystopia yet io9.com Sophisticated and laden with subtext... clearly reaffirms Barry's status as a gifted purveyor of suspense Time Out New York Best thing I've read in a long, long time... a masterpiece -- Hugh Howey, bestselling author of Wool Wonderfully crafted, dark yet humourous, fast-paced and tragic in turn National An extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller -- Lev Grossman Time Delightfully high-concept...think Noam Chomsky meets Christopher Nolan Vogue Insanely good. Dark and twisted and sweet and humane all at once. -- Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls and Zoo City Dazzling and spectacularly inventive. A novel that jams itself sideways into your brain and stays there. -- Mike Carey, author of The Devil You Know A spellbinding, intelligent read...a freewheeling plot intermeshed with linguistic theory and some genuinely creepy horror set-pieces Guardian
Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government and Syrup, soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person. Visit Max Barry's website at maxbarry.com, find him at facebook.com/maxbarry or follow him on twitter.com/maxbarry.