The Word Exchange
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.