The List

A gripping story about the power of words and the dangers of censorship.

By Patricia Forde Read by Imogen Wilde Action and Adventure / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Young Adult Fiction English, Unabridged 8h 11m Sell Sheet
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7 Audio CDs August 8, 2017 $39.99 $29.99 9781520076751 Add to Cart
1 MP3 CDs August 8, 2017 $29.99 $19.99 9781520076799 Add to Cart
							In the post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. If somewhere were to speak outside that approved lexicon, they'd face banishment. The only exceptions to this rule are the Wordsmith and his apprentice, Letta. Together, they are the keepers and archivists of all language. But when Letta's master dies, she is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith and finds the situation more complicated than she knew. While fulfilling her charge to collect and save words, she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and to rob Ark's citizens of their power of speech. Soon, she realizes that it's now not only up to her to save Ark's language but also its entire culture...

"[The List] is warm, original, but most of all a tremendous page-turner." - School Library Association

"Imogen Wilde’s solid narration spans the lyrical lilt of inquisitive Letta to the sneering madness of John Noa." - School Library Journal

"Forde's exploration of language as both weapon and savior is a noble one, and environmental undertones bolster its power. Pair with Patrick Ness' The Knife of Never Letting Go." - Booklist

"An electric sci-fi novel with a strong ecological and moral stance." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Forde's pacing and characterization are compelling..." - Kirkus Reviews

"This novel could be compared Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember (Random House, 2003) where the corrupt government controls the necessities of life." - School Library Connection

"This book is important because it targets the dangers of global warming and the power of communication, love and expression. Without these words that we have, our lives would be unimaginably different. I would definitely recommend this book to all keen readers out there." - The Guardian (UK)

"A novel that truly stands apart for its originality and relevance...a book about words, about language, about their power to civilise - and, in the wrong hands, to abuse and dehumanise. For a writer to deal with such themes it is the most basic of requirements that she herself should handle words in a manner which exploits their potential richness and resonance. Forde rises magnificently to the challenge...Forde's novel blends the futuristic with the retrospective, demanding that her readers consider their own language histories and their underlying philosophies. That she does this in the context of an engaging narrative accessible to a young readership is a gratifying bonus." - Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times

"Wilde's transitions between the heroine's speech and the truncated list-speak of the other characters is flawless--no mean feat. In addition, her pacing is spot-on as the story oscillates between moments of high drama and mundane dialogue." - AudioFile