Wordsmith Benjamin’s apprentice Letta is one of the only humans left who can read every word that has ever existed. The remains of humanity live inside the city of Ark. There, everyone must speak List, made up of fewer than 1,000 words. Letta and her master are the only ones who can know the rest of the words lost to the rest of humankind. Then, one day, Letta’s master disappears. As the new Wordsmith, Letta is instructed to shorten List to the bare minimum. When Letta shelters a boy who knows words outside of List, she is scared and excited at the same time. Hiding this boy could mean trouble for Letta, but she is too kindhearted to send the injured boy away.
As taking care of the boy becomes dangerous, Letta discovers new questions about Ark and its leaders. Will Letta find out the truth about List – and Ark itself? Find out when you read this exciting page-turner.