How many different words have you used today? I’m talking nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, interjections,conjunctions; the works. Any word that contains consonants, vowels, and has a definition.
Well over 500, am I right? I’ve only been awake for three hours and I know I have.
In Ark, one of the last surviving cities on earth, that is what language has been limited to. The punishment for speaking words other than the approved list words, is banishment. This means that you are kicked out of the city into the wilderness. Next to no one survives the wilderness.
The hero of our story is a teenage girl named Letta. Letta is the apprentice to the Wordsmith of Ark. The Wordsmith has two main jobs. Firstly, to select the 500 most important words. Secondly, to collect as many words from around the remaining places on earth, and to save them.
But, the wordsmith hasn’t come back from his latest journey, and Letta finds herself in a dangerous position when she, against her better judgement, helps a dying outsider. If the officials of the city were to discover this, her punishment would be death.
I give this book 3/5 stars. It wasn’t life altering, but it was an interesting concept that made me think. This book is perfect for middle grade readers. For children who are just beginning to be introduced to dystopian fiction, highly controlled societies, political unrest, and having to make moral decisions that sometimes go against societal laws- this is a fantastic read!
Put this on your “TO READ” list, because this book will not be in print until August of this year.
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. (NetGalley people, look it up. It’s pretty awesome!) I think it quite likely that this book will be one that your kids will be introduced to in elementary or middle school.
As an adult reader it was hard to ignore some plot problems and some pacing problems. However, the good far outweighed the flaws.
It will be interesting to see if she writes more. It could very easily be a series. I would be very likely to pick up book two if she were to write one.
COMING UP- me and Jessica would like to do a double review of The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman! Have you read it? Have you seen the movie? We love discussion, so we’d love your thoughts. Get excited! But not too excited, because our blog posts sometimes don’t happen like we plan them too. We may just get inspired to do something totally different. Cause that’s the way we roll. (wink!)