Words are powerful. They can be used for good or evil, to persuade someone to do you a favor, to break the law, or even to have someone killed. According to the storyline of Max Barry’s fifth novel, LEXICON, the most powerful words are “basewords,” those that have the power to destroy people. New basewords are rarely discovered, but every time a new one is found, it changes the language --- or the lexicon --- of a culture, having a “Tower of Babel” effect on the immediate population.
In this new world, the military has established an academy in Broken Hill, Australia, where they train and teach people the power of words. All the individuals in the world can be catalogued into 20