Published: New York : The Penguin Press, c2013 Description: 390 pages ; 25 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9781594205385 (hardcover), 1594205388 (hardcover), 9781101604908, 1101604905, Language: English
Emily Ruff belongs to a secretive, influential organization whose "poets" can break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. Then she makes a catastrophic mistake and falls in love with Wil Jamieson who holds the key to a secret war between rival factions of "poets." In order to survive, Wil must journey to the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, as the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless
This is a fast-moving book, from the very first scene it grips you. The premise is that words can control people, and a secret cadre of people (in other times they would be called "wizards") know which words to use to control people. Sort of like the movie "Memento," the order of events is not chronological, so it takes a while to fit all the scenes together, like a puzzle. The book keeps you guessing until the end.
On the other hand, it's not terribly well-written, and lots of times I was confused as to what was happening during action scenes.