Waiting on/Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  This week I’ll also be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa.

My “Waiting On/Can’t Wait” Wednesday selection for this week is All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis.  So I’ve been lamenting a lot lately about how so many book plots seem unoriginal.  I’m therefore excited about All Rights Reserved because it sounds like nothing else I’ve ever read before.  It sounds like a unique read that is going to make me think and also one that even though it’s technically science fiction, will still seem eerily relevant to our world.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Publication Date:  August 29, 2017

From Goodreads:

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.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your WoW selection for this week. 🙂

24 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    Definitely, one of the most original plots I’ve seen Suzanne — excellent pick! (How do you find these gems?!)

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks! I actually came across an excerpt for this one in the Buzz Books Fall/Winter 2017 YA guide. I like reading the excerpts in those guides since you get a little more of an idea of the writer’s style, etc. than you get from just a book blurb. You can check them out here: http://buzz.publishersmarketplace.com/

  2. Majanka
    Majanka says:

    OMG that plot is amazing! With everything being copyrighted and patented nowadays, I can imagine it’s only a matter of time before words become copyrighted too. I have to read this book when it’s released.

    My WoW post.

  3. Angela
    Angela says:

    Whoa, this sounds so cool and like you said, very unique! Although, in our world it seems like we get charged for everything these days, so literally paying for our words unfortunately doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      That was exactly what fascinated me about it — it’s almost scary how plausible the storyline really is even though it’s supposed to be science fiction.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yeah, I thought it sounded pretty creepy too, in the sense that I could really see something like this happening some day.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Right? It sounds original yet almost like something I could picture really happening so it’s a little creepy too.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Haha, I’m really hoping for amazing but definitely agree that it will either be that or super weird. It’s a little creepy to me how plausible the plot actually sounds.

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