Book Review: Are You Losing Vocabulary, Memory, Life the More You Use Your Electronic Device?

Book Review





The Word Exchange

A Novel

Alena Graedon

 The Word Exchange poses that very question in a thrilling fictional novel. How much do we depend on devices for language? Is this dependence making us smarter or deteriorating our language; or our minds?  As viruses run rampant through electronic fields, and seasonal biological fields, can one cross over into the other? Can an electronic virus affect a human mind and body?


This novel hits on so many current topics, the reliance on technology and what that technology snowplows over to become the latest thing. Are the printed books and paper forms of literature an extinct archeological find? Is it something we should be preserving now in great halls of antiquity because the future is already written that digital will conquer all?  To what detriment will come with total society under technology dependence?


 In this dystopian, not-too-far-off future digital rules and those that control the digital control the masses. This story is reminiscent of Fahrenheit 451’s television take over and book burning to the demise of society.  Everyone should read this story as writing/spelling scores are already lower in our schools as a result of texting acronyms and reliance on “spell check”.  Already the texted abbreviations are working into the vernacular and the new generations prefer to write in abbreviations. What will come of the encyclopedias of the world as everything moves online? What will become of the libraries when it is more efficient and speedier to visit the web for research than the stacks?

This is a brilliant novel that will become a classic once the readers are made aware of its intelligence.



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FTC Disclaimer:  I was loaned an ARC of this title by Net Galley for review purposes only, no other compensation was awarded.



2 thoughts on “Book Review: Are You Losing Vocabulary, Memory, Life the More You Use Your Electronic Device?

  1. There were several things that I liked about this book, though I’d be curious to see how a more seasoned author would handle the same material. The op-ed was one of my favorite parts of the book, along with seeing things break apart as you progressed. Thanks for the review.


  2. Thank you for your comment Ryan! I hope more readers get their hands on this book and yes, in any form either paper or digital. I think the message behind the debut novel is the most important of all. At first I thought it was over written as many debut novels can be, showcasing the authors vocabulary or at least working knowledge of a thesaurus. However, the deeper I read into the story, I realized it was all a clever trick of the theme. How many times was the word exchange used to define a word and then I had to question myself if I knew a particular word. I found it all fascinating. I hope to see more from this author…


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