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The List
The List | Patricia Forde
"The fantasy book of the year."Eoin Colfer, bestselling author of Artemis Fowl Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver for middle grade readers! You are The Wordsmith now. Are you ready for the challenge? The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth. To make sure humans are able to survive, everyone in Ark must speak List, a language of only 500 words. Everyone that is, except Letta. As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta can read all the words that have ever existed. Forbidden words like freedom, music, and even pineapple tell her about a world she's never known. One day her master disappears and the leaders of Ark tell Letta she is the new Wordsmith and must shorten List to fewer and fewer words. Then Letta meets a teenage boy who somehow knows all the words that have been banned. Letta's faced with a dangerous choice: sit idly by and watch language slowly slip away or follow a stranger on a path to freedom . . . or banishment.
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la_rose_noire
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Egleason
The List | Patricia Forde
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A new job, new library card, surrounded by books taunting me to read them lol

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Librariana
The List | Patricia Forde
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"I cannot live without books." - Thomas Jefferson.

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@Beachesnbooks, this one's for you! ?

Here are the "spoils" of my visit to Barnes & Noble's "First 50% Book Haul and Book Blowout" earlier today.

I also picked up a second copy of Strange the Dreamer for mah bestie AND got to score this sweet, sweet (free!) tote bag for buying 3 books or more! Yay!

#itsahaulyall #buyallthebooks #buttheywereonsale #bnismyhappyplace

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AndreaReads
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Pickpick

“Words have the power to change everything.”

In a future where humanity as all but destroyed itself, Ark is a place where restricting people‘s language is supposed to keep them safe, to keep them from making the same mistakes again.

This was a fun middle-grade/YA dystopian novel about the power of language. This would be a great companion novel (especially for my lower-level readers) to Fahrenheit 451. #TeachersofLitsy #IReadYA

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Liberty
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Hanging in there for book five! 📚🤘🏻❤️ #readathon

ReadingSusan Awww sweet kitty! 2y
sloanghost Is that a snowshoe siamese? I grew up with one! (he was bad with kids but mellowed and got really lovey when he was old) 2y
callunakeep This is going on my granddaughter‘s TBR! She will be three next month and I am starting a TBR for her of all the books I want to get for her as she grows.🤓 2y
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Liberty @sloanghost He is! He has been lovely and brainless since day one. 💕 2y
tracey38 @callunakeep that is a great idea! 2y
callunakeep @tracey38 I am a crazy keeper of lists!🤓😂 Some of them are good and useful, others just a sign of my ... ummm .... quirkiness.🤣 2y
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DeweysReadathon
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Everyone is in bed here in the secret volcano lair except for me and Steinbeck. He‘s keeping me company as I start book five. I hope everyone had a great day and you have a good book to read as we head into the evening. 😘 - @Liberty #readathon

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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3.5/5 stars

I'm a total sucker for books that discuss the importance and power of words...and basically all middle grade books right now.

I liked this concept and the authors writing but it seemed very on the surface. Her ideas could've been thoroughly done by making this into a duology or something instead of a stand alone. The ending also seemed a little rushed but an enjoyable read overall.

Leniverse Great cover though! 😍 2y
PictureandBook My thoughts Exactly! 2y
tjwill I love the idea of this one too, but had a hard time getting into it and dnf. I‘ll probably return to it someday. 2y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
The List | Patricia Forde
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☑️Interesting premise
☑️Pretty cover
☑️Middle grade

I'm really hoping I like this one and that I'm not starting to hit a slump

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okthislooksbad
The List | Patricia Forde
Bailedbailed

This feels a little like 1984-fanfiction gone wrong. It's just not for me. 🙁

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okthislooksbad
The List | Patricia Forde
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My mother is ripping up the floor and putting new boards down like a little whirlwind, but I'm not allowed to help. Very rude, that. I'll just sit here and read, then. 🤔😂

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Lmstraubie
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Mehso-so

This was between a Pick and So-So. The ending just didn't sit right with me, but I liked the plot of the story.

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TurnsPageSlowly
The List | Patricia Forde
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Mehso-so

Pretty good! Very Giver-ish. #CatsOfLitsy #Dystopia #MiddleGrade

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Zbayardo
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Pickpick

words do hold power, both to heal and to destroy, and because of this we should be mindful of how we use them

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DragonAuthors
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A Thought-provoking, Dystopian World

The List is a fascinating dystopian tale of a post-apocalyptic society in which language is limited to only 500 words. And falling. The leaders of Ark–a relatively safe haven in the midst of chaos and wilderness–believe the use of words is to blame for the cataclysmic Melting. ... Read more at http://dragonauthors.com

#fantasy #MG #middlegrade #dystopia #dystopian #scifi #sciencefiction

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Read4life
The List | Patricia Forde
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#bookmail Looking forward to reading these—eventually. 🤓

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Peddler410
The List | Patricia Forde
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I read the the first part of the inside flap —\u000 sold! Made me think of Ella Minnow Pea right away. Plus, I had 25% off for being a member at the local bookshop.

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bookishkris
The List | Patricia Forde
Pickpick

Interesting quick read, compelling because Letta is pretty much left to figure things out alone and she‘s not perfect (meaning she doesn‘t automatically buy what either side is selling). I liked her spunk and her creativity, and the thought of living in a society where you can only use approved words is absolutely chilling.

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bookishkris
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Up next! I‘m excited for this one, looks right up my alley.

heikemarie This was a really decent and quick read! 2y
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Liberty
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@balletbookworm called this the kids' version of ELLA MINNOW PEA, so I had to have it. 💙

balletbookworm ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
DzdnDstrctd @TheresaReads WHEEL. HOUSE. 2y
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Sourcebooks
The List | Patricia Forde
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Happy #readabookday! What are you reading today to celebrate! 📚😍📚

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Redjewel_7734
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Can you imagine a world covered in water after the melting, a small pocket of survivors led by a charismatic man who knows that language is dangerous. The sheer volume of words & the slipperiness of their meanings kept people from hearing the warnings & changing their ways in time. So, in Ark, language is restricted-only 500 words allowed. Is that still too many? & what will the wordsmith do to defend language if there is a true threat to it?

okthislooksbad This one sounds so interesting! Does it have a kind of 1984-ish vibe? 😃 2y
Redjewel_7734 @okthislooksbad yeah, a bit. But it is def a middle grade book so much toned down for that audience. I'd say it is a good starter into the world of dystopia for readers who are too young &/or just not ready for the heavy hitters of the genre. It definitely intros the ideas of questioning the status quo & thinking for oneself, but it does in a bit milder way that is appropriate for those readers not yet ready for the intenseness of much dystopia. 2y
tjwill I started this one a while back but wasn't in the right mindset for it. I'll definitely have to return to it sometime. 2y
Redjewel_7734 @tjwill it's definitely worth a read! It doesn't really break any new ground. But it walks the ground it has chosen really well 😊 2y
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heikemarie
The List | Patricia Forde
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I read this on Netgalley, and I thought it was a pick for middle grades! A bit predidctable but with really complex characters and character relationships that more than redeemed it for me. Read more at ireadthereforeiam.wordpress.com - picture is my accompanying lunch of champions 😜

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DrJAdMerricksson
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Patricia Forde‘s The List is a clarion call for the future, echoing the lessons of Fahrenheit 451 and Equilibrium.

“Music comes in all colours, Letta, just as we do. Before I knew the word 'Creator‘, I called us colour-catchers, the musicians, the painters, the dancers. That's what we try to do, catch the colours in our own hearts and share that with other people.” ~Leyla to Letta

Must read for fans of dystopic and post-apocalyptic fiction.

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monkeygirlsmama
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This middle grade novel has gotten some strongly varied reviews. I, for one; however, can't think of a single bad thing to say about it. The stilted manner of speech, when the characters were speaking List, did take a little getting used to, but on the whole I enjoyed the book immensely. Also I thought the dystopian storyline was different from the others I've come across, which made it fresh and exciting.

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monkeygirlsmama
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Your future is up to YOU! 👊

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DrJAdMerricksson
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mellisarock Education of a Coroner is on my list too! Let me know what you think of it! 2y
pri_bibliophile Woohoo!! Thanks for participating!! 2y
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monkeygirlsmama
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💛this. So easy to fear someone out of position and status. To think them better than you in some capacity. Then you realize they're not everything they've been built up to be; they're flawed. The facade is gone and reality sets in, stripping them bear of everything and you can see they're no better than you. There is nothing to be afraid of.

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yvo_about_books
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The List is without doubt based on a very fascinating and original concept I would easily have given the highest rating for. The language elements are very interesting as well and this was definitely my favorite element of the story. That said, it did take me way longer than expected to read this Middle Grade story and I had difficulties connecting to both the writing style and the characters.

3/5 stars

#bookreview #bookblogger #arc

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yvo_about_books
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I started a new ARC today: The List by Patricia Forde. It's one of my first middle grade reads this year and I'm curious to see where things will go... No cover came with this ARC so here's a photo of my kitties instead. And yes, Lila has zero respect for Jasmine's personal space. 😂😂😂

#amreading #currentlyreading #catsoflitsy #cats

LauraJ Is that a Bengal or just a regular bad-ass tabby? 2y
yvo_about_books @LauraJ Lila was another rescue cat so most likely not a bengal haha. Poor thing was found abandoned without her mother when she was tiny... 2y
monkeygirlsmama Omg they're so cute! I esp love Lila's markings and sweet little face. 😻 Hard to imagine anyone abandoning her. 😿Okay, well, now that my squeeeeeee moment is complete, I'm going to start my ARC of The List. 😺 2y
yvo_about_books @monkeygirlsmama Poor thing was left on the street as a baby, but luckily was found in time to be able to recover completely. She's a healthy almost six months old kitty now. 😸 And I hope you will enjoy your experience with The List! 2y
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Dwan
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This is a good yarn, both sensitive to the age of its likely reader and unwilling to bend away from the truth of itself. It's an unflinching, dark dystopic tale, and a great first novel for Forde. I look forward to recommending it to middle school readers who want a followup to the Hunger Games series.

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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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utopia.state.of.mind
The List | Patricia Forde
Mehso-so

I loved the premise of this, but it fell short. The plot felt like deja vu of other popular dystopias and it was somewhat predictable. Additionally, the main character was a little flat to me. I would enjoy reading the sequel though to see what Forde will do.

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DarcysMom
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tjwill I just started this too! 2y
DarcysMom @tjwill I am surprised by how much I like it so far - dystopian novels are a hard sell for me. 2y
tjwill I haven't got very far yet, maybe chapter 3? But it reminds me very much of 2y
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MorganNotMegan
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The world of #TheList is confined to a select amount of words. Only the Wordsmith can collect and archive and manage words beyond the approved lexicon. When Letta, the newest Wordsmith, uncovers a plot to suppress people through the limitations of language it sets in motion a chain of events of dystopic proportions. This book goes on-sale in August, but I had a little fun decorating my galley copy with some "edited" dictionary pages. @sourcebooks

monkeygirlsmama Looking forward to reading my copy. My TBR got a little high and I'm working through them by publication date rather than by when I got them. I might have to slip this one in a little sooner though cause I've been anxious to read it for awhile now. 3y
MorganNotMegan Oh I know that feeling, @monkeygirlsmama ! My TBR pile got rerouted after BEA. Ended up making four piles Love, Like, Leaning, Leftovers. Sorted the ones I felt super strong about wanting to read ASAP into the love pile, likes were ones that I was fine with getting to later that month, leans were the ones I wanted to check reviews for, and leftovers were well... the ones that will get resorted in another month or so. I feel like a hoarder! 3y
monkeygirlsmama @MorganNotMegan Hey, if you gotta be hoarder, I can think of nothing better to hoard. 😁 3y
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TracyReadsBooks
List | Patricia Forde
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Very interesting book with a fascinating premise. In the near future, after the devastating Melting, what remains of mankind (so they think) huddles in the ark under the leadership of John Noa. Letta is the apprentice to the last wordsmith, the man in charge of managing the list of words people are allowed to use. There aren't many because words are power. After the wordsmith goes missing, Netta realizes all is not as it seems. Enjoyable book.

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TracyReadsBooks
List | Patricia Forde
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Going with another MG. This one was originally published as The Wordsmith in 2014 in Ireland and is now making its way stateside.

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just_tosh
List | Patricia Forde
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Mehso-so

Thanks to NetGalley for this novel. I would recommend this book for pre-teens. As an adult who appreciates teen driven dystopian novels, this was a slight disappointment. My attention wandered and I found myself flipping through pages when I felt the chapter was dragging a bit too much. There could a sequel based on how the book ended but I think I will pass if that comes to be.

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TrishTheBibliophile
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Mehso-so

A new version of the standard post-apocalyptic story. Only words on the List are allowed in Ark. Why? Because politicians used words to cover up global warming, which has now left the world ruined. Words create an "ungovernable" people. Enter the standard resistors, tyrants and MC, Letta, who realizes her reality is not what it seems. 4 stars for the theme which poses important questions, 3 stars for the plot, which is fragmented at times. #ARC

monkeygirlsmama It one of my next books. Now seeing this I'm feeling a little premature disappointment, and the cover looked so good too. 😖 3y
TrishTheBibliophile @monkeygirlsmama it wasn't terrible! I always judge my books based on whether or not I ever want to throw in the towel. There wasn't a point in this where I didn't consider finishing. You may find you have a different opinion so I'd encourage you to read it. Let me know what you think when you do ❤ 3y
monkeygirlsmama @TrishTheBibliophile Oh I definitely will. Everyone has different points of view in regards to what makes a book enjoyable. So while I do reflect on reviews, I almost always opt to read the books myself and form my own opinions too. 🙂 3y
TrishTheBibliophile @monkeygirlsmama Same here! I'll be interested in hearing your input. Thanks for commenting :) 3y
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monkeygirlsmama
List | Patricia Forde
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So many books, so little time. And this is just my current NetGalley #TBR. Currently reading the bottom on the list which comes out March 1, Tricked by Jen Calonita. 😺📚📖

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just_tosh
List | Patricia Forde
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Originally released as The Wordsmith in Ireland. I got this last night via Net Galley. This middle grade has been described as Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver. Works for me.

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RivendellMom
List | Patricia Forde
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Dropping all my current reads for this ARC.
Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver in this middle grade book. It was called The Wordsmith when published in Ireland. Review to follow

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