Read All Rights Reserved (Word$, #1) Online Free - In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.
Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks ("Sorry" is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She's been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can't begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she's unable to afford.
But when Speth's friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family's crippling debt, she can't express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech - rather than say anything at all - she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth's unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.
|Title||:||All Rights Reserved (Word$, #1)|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
October 11, 2017
“Words matter. Words make ideas. They preserve truths and history. They express freedom and they shape it. Words mold our thoughts. That gives them value and power.”
In the future, lawyers have realized they can put copyrights on things as basic as words, and now, on each individual's fiftee...
April 05, 2017
I've been raving about this one to my friends after receiving an ARC from the publisher. The book presents a frightening future of corporate sponsorships and copyright infringement gone haywire that we are probably closer to than you expect.
May 17, 2017
*Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the pleasure of reading this e-arc*
This was a brilliant read. I love a good Dystopian novel and this comes with such a creatively detailed social commentary. . . I had a hard time putting it down. The future laid out in this book made me pause to take...
March 04, 2017
This is great science fiction. The world building is vivid and intriguing, it has a unique plot, and it makes you think. Speth's world is uncomfortable to read about. Every word and gesture is copyrighted and a payment has to be made to the rights hold. Any slight provokes a lawsuit that eventual...
March 24, 2017
This book must be read by everyone, now!
We are coming to that time when litigation stifles our lives. Monsanto have copyrighted whole genetic sequences while cuckoo nesting farms with barren seed crops. Taylor Swift has successfully registered whole sentences which cannot be used by anyone - she...
May 29, 2017
The entire time I read this book I kept thinking to myself "Could this BE anymore timely?!" All Rights Reserved is a smart, detailed commentary on what might happen if the reigns are held too tightly on copyright and freedom of expression. There are so many wonderful and subtle nods to the big co...
May 25, 2017
Smart, interesting, and often heartbreaking, All Rights Reserved may be dystopian, but it often hits too close to home. I was racing through the last section to see how this one would end. Looking forward to the sequel.
*I received an advance copy*
April 30, 2017
Received digital copy from NetGalley
This book just grabbed me from the very first page.
Essentially a commentary on society, and how we view words and our freedoms of speech and expression. Gregory Scott Katsoulis provides a harrowing perspective of a society gone completely wrong, where the poli...
February 26, 2017
Hey, it's a dystopian YA novel that's really about something! This is actual, proper social and political criticism, folks. In a YA novel published by Harlequin. I'm pleased, but not surprised: Teen Vogue is providing some of the best political commentary of our era, so it makes sense that Harleq...
May 29, 2017
This book was absolutely amazing! I simply could not put it down. I read fifty pages one day, and when I picked it up the next day I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
All Rights Reserved is a dystopian novel that takes place in a futuristic America. The laws have been distorted so much by...