Lexicon by Max Barry
Lexicon has a little bit of everything: action, globe-trotting adventure, romance, science fiction, mystery, political intrigue, compelling characters, and witty writing. However, the defining feature is its remarkable creativity. Lexicon is so utterly smart and unique that it demands your attention. It follows the story of a secret organization that runs the world by controlling people with words, ones that are specially designed to invade a person’s mind. With two protagonists at the center of the action and a plot that expertly weaves back and forth between different time periods, the story stays inventive and interesting throughout. Lexicon moves at a brisk pace, and it makes for a great weekend read.