Book Review | The List by Patricia Forde

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.

On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself. ”

While I did enjoy this book, I wasn’t wowed by it. I wanted to side with the protagonist, get enveloped into the plot, or root for an ending and I did not get any of that out of this story. While the plot was very unique and such an interesting premise, it wasn’t executed particularly well. It was too simple, I feel that this could have been amazing if it was just fleshed out a bit more.

In terms of the characters, I wish I had more feelings towards them. I felt ambivalent towards the main characters. I liked them, but not enough to care about what was going on in their lives.

I did enjoy the world building and the concept but would have liked that extra detail.



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