Thursday, 29 March 2018

Review: All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Imagine a world where you are billed for every word you speak. A world where some words have a greater price than others, and where almost everything, from gestures to clothing, is subject to copyright. That's the world that Speth Jime is facing. From the day she turns fifteen, like all adults she will be charged for every word she speaks. Her transition will begin at her Last Day speech.

The only trouble is, Speth is refusing to give her Last Day speech. 

She has taken a vow of silence.

And she might just spark a revolution.

This was an intriguing read. Though a little farfetched, the novel has a lot to say about personal freedoms, and the dangers of regulating every aspect of our lives through lawsuits. Speth herself make for an interesting heroine--her vow of silence was unplanned, and now, such a drastic measure cannot be undone. And, of course, it turns out that silence has a very high price. The world building is done quite well. Ultimately, it's a great entry level Speculative Fiction novel, and a solid first instalment in a series. 

I'll be looking forward to reading the next instalment (titled Access Restricted,) which will be published in the US in late August 2018. 

Recommended.