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The Flame Alphabet

Marcus, Ben (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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Marcus creates a chilling world where the speech of children is killing their parents. After being forced to leave their daughter Esther to fend for herself, Sam and Claire end up at a government lab intent on creating non-lethal speech. But when Sam discovers the truth about what's going on there, he realizes reuniting with his daughter is the only way to keep his sanity.
Authors: Marcus, Ben, 1967-
Title: The flame alphabet
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 289 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ben Marcus
Summary: Marcus creates a chilling world where the speech of children is killing their parents. After being forced to leave their daughter Esther to fend for herself, Sam and Claire end up at a government lab intent on creating non-lethal speech. But when Sam discovers the truth about what's going on there, he realizes reuniting with his daughter is the only way to keep his sanity.
ISBN: 9780307379375
030737937X
Branch Call Number: SF MARCUS 2012
Subject Headings: Speech Health aspects Fiction Parent and child Fiction Communication in families Fiction
Genre/Form: Dystopias
Science fiction
Topical Term: Speech
Parent and child
Communication in families
LCCN: 2011936249
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Marcus creates a chilling world where the speech of children is killing their parents. After being forced to leave their daughter Esther to fend for herself, Sam and Claire end up at a government lab intent on creating non-lethal speech.


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May 30, 2013
  • zackhaslam rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Odd, I found it extremely easy to put down, almost as though Marcus' was making his point about the nausea of language metatextual. So if he set out to make it a grind to finish the book - success?

Fine premise, fine writing, excellent questions posed, but I didn't relish the experience.

Jul 07, 2012
  • curioussquared rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found The Flame Alphabet hard to get through, if only because Marcus poses some extremely tough questions. The book starts off cold and only gets colder; it's hard to continue sometimes just because the situations can be difficult to handle. Recommended nonetheless.

Apr 23, 2012
  • Morde rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Impossible to put down. Poses the difficult question regarding relationships and their connection to communication.

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