The Word Exchange
A NovelBook - 2014
What if we became so dependent on our gadgets that we lost our ability to speak? In the nearish future, in a steampunky New York where messages travel by secret pneumatic tubes, Anana Johnson’s father, Doug, is preparing to launch the final edition of the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL). Then he suddenly goes missing (both in real life and from his biographical entry in the dictionary), Anana sees something bizarre in the NADEL’s basement, and people start talking funny. Aphasia is the first symptom of ?word flu,? a sickness that scrambles speech and renders some speakers permanently silent. It’s all tied to people’s habit of using their Memes (think iPhones to the tenth power) to buy words when they can’t remember them, Anana eventually learns.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Bond Street Books, a division of Random House of Canada Limited,, 
Branch Call Number: F GRA NVD
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 25 cm