“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” Not so fast! Words can be weapons, especially in Lexicon by Max Barry. This is a world in which a secretive international syndicate of “poets” collects special words and uses them to control others. What does this have to do with a seemingly clueless man being kidnapped from an airport bathroom, a teenage grifter living on the street, or the horrifying event that first wiped out and then quarantined an entire Australian town? When the storylines converge, everything changes. Thrilling and thought-provoking, the scariest elements hit close to home, warning us of our vulnerability to manipulation. Try this high-octane dystopian fable, and you’ll find yourself entertained beyond words.