Max Barry's Lexicon is a high-action urban fantasy novel that starts slowly but becomes impossible to put down. The plot is exciting and unique, but failed to emotionally connect with me on any level. I find myself conflicted about this novel - I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite reach me.
Lexicon is about a mysterious organization that uses persuasion to control people with the aim of ultimately controlling the world. There is a very compelling good vs. evil fantasy story in this that is accentuated by suspense elements. The story is told out of order, which works to increase suspense but also to make it difficult to connect with the characters. The characters are a bit flat, even those who develop throughout the novel. That said, after 80 pages I could hardly put Lexicon down.
Lexicon is a unique and interesting work of adventurous urban fantasy. Despite its failings, I would recommend it to readers of fantasy and suspense. I hope that Barry will write a sequel that brings more of an emotional punch in addition to a unique and action-packed plot.
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