Thought a different cover would
be a good change of pace!
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Category: Literature/Fiction, Sci-fi, Fantasy
Source: I received this e-galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Are you feeling a little feverish? Do people look at you funny when you talk? If so, you need two things - a doctor and a good book! That's right, you have "word flu" and nothing reverses the effects like reading...what are you waiting for? Keep reading!
It took me awhile to read The Word Exchange, but only because life (work) decided to interfere with my reading. Ain't nobody got time for that! I did like this book and think I would have enjoyed it more had I been able to read straight through, instead of days between chances to read.
All I'm going to say is that The Word Exchange plot reminds me of a more modern mix of Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, and 1984 all rolled into one. With those titles, a break down in society is a given. The scary part is the involvement of technology (somewhat like what we currently have) in the break down of what makes us human - our words. Author Alena Graedon had some wonderful narration pieces about words: "Words, I've come to learn, are pulleys through time. Portals into other minds. Without words, what remains? Indecipherable customs. Strange rites. Blighted hearts. Without words, we're history's orphans. Our lives and thoughts erased." Couldn't have said it better myself.
But I figured, why write a big ole review when I've been saving up reviews from my most trusted book bloggers for a couple weeks now? I haven't read these myself as of this posting, so they wouldn't affect my opinion, but these ladies are intense readers and great bloggers, so stop by and see what they have to say about The Word Exchange!
April @ The Steadfast Reader
Leah @ Books Speak Volumes
Catherine @ The Gilmore Guide to Books
Rebecca @ Love at First Book
Shannon @ River City Reading
Monika @ A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Also, here's an interview with author Alena Graedon, by wordandfilm.com.