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Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died.
Few people know what really happened.
Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love.
Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn't remember it. And he doesn't know why he's immune to the poets' powers. But he knows he needs to run.
As their stories converge, the past is revealed, and the race is on for a deadly weapon: a word.
Because the poets know that words can kill...
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Brilliantly realised... strikingly relevant... a resounding success (SFX)
Highly entertaining and engrossing... characters that are both complicated and likeable (SciFi Now)
Gripping... a pitch-perfect thriller, a jetpack of a plot that rocketed me from page one to page 400 in a single afternoon (Cory Doctorow BoingBoing)
Truly original... a crack-paced thriller... smart and tons of fun (Australian)
Barry's smartest dystopia yet (io9)
Sophisticated and laden with subtext... clearly reaffirms Barry's status as a gifted purveyor of suspense (Time Out New York)
Best thing I've read in a long, long time... a masterpiece (Hugh Howey, bestselling author of Wool)
Wonderfully crafted, dark yet humourous, fast-paced and tragic in turn (National)
An extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller (Lev Grossman Time)
Delightfully high-concept...think Noam Chomsky meets Christopher Nolan (Vogue)
Words are weapons, and one man is immune, in this dazzlingly original thriller from the author of Jennifer Government.
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Book Description Hodder General, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 9.41x6.22x1.38 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __1444764659