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"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 (99 cents a second), for every scream (99 cents a second) 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". (Publisher website).
Publisher: New York : Harlequin Books Teen, 2017
ISBN: 9780373212446
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION (TEEN) Katsoulis, Gregory Scott
Characteristics: 392 pages : map ; 21 cm


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SPPL_Teens Aug 22, 2018

Set in a future America where words and gestures are copyrighted and cost money to use, female protagonist Speth must either accept the rules of society or live in defiance through complete silence.

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Apr 12, 2019

I absolutely love love LOVE this book! I actually don't have words to describe the emotional roller-coaster I went through, but I would totally do it again.

(I might try writing more about this one soon, when I stop internally laugh-crying.) ^u^

Mar 25, 2019

This was a really cool book. The dystopian society was amazing and well integrated throughout the book. While it might be hard to relate to Speth at first and see the relationships between her and the other characters since she only speaks a few times throughout the book, you can see her character was full of resolve and passion. Also, while many dystopias have characters joining rebellions and actively fighting to topple the corrupt regime, this one stood out by using silence as a way to protest. Admittedly, there were a few problems, such as how unrealistic the world was, but it was really made up for by everything else.

Mar 27, 2018

I was so enthralled with this constricting society. The plot twists and terrors that awaited deep into the words of a book, which is worth millions of dollars in this society. This book brings power to words, the way we speak, and the use of words.

sarahbru17 Jan 26, 2018

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Wow. The premise caught my attention as soon as I read it, but then I couldn't put the book down. I actually got mad when I had to stop reading! The complex world is immediately enthralling, and so riddled with problems that I plowed through thinking, "How are they going to fix this???" I got so caught up in Speth's silence that whenever I stopped reading, I forgot that I was allowed to speak freely. I'm so pleased with this debut novel, and I can't wait to see what else Katsoulis puts out in years to come!


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