Kids Fiction Friday: The List
Middle-grade dystopian science fiction
By: Patricia Forde
If you liked the classic science-fiction thriller, The Giver, by Lois Lowry , then this book is definitely for you!
This book is set in Ark, the only safe place remaining on Earth. In Ark, Letta is an apprentice to a Wordsmith, meaning she transcribes words for the 500 word List. The words on this List are the only words allowed to be spoken by the residents of Ark. If a resident is found speaking words outside the List, they are banished from the community. Those banished are left to nature; either they will get taken by the wild animals in the woods or saved by the Desecrators. The Desecrators are rebels who do not live by the rules of John Noa, the creator of Ark. John Noa believes language was the reason for mankind’s downfall that led to the Melting (when climate change caused the waters to rise and flood much of the world). In Ark, he deprives the community of language, music, art, and anything that is not considered a necessity.
When Letta is told her master has died, she goes from being an apprentice to the community’s Wordsmith. After this happens she becomes aware of the evilness of John Noa and of a masterplan to eliminate language from the world entirely. It’s up to Letta and her friends to defeat his evil plan and save the community.
This was a book about working together and standing up for what is right, even if it goes against everything that was taught. I would recommend this book to middle grade students who like reading about dystopian societies.
Reviewed by: Jen T.
Created by Thomas Kochinski on
Aug 21st, 2017 @ 3:22 PM.
Updated on Aug 25th, 2017 @ 2:11 PM.