All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

All Rights Reserved

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 o...


Details All Rights Reserved

TitleAll Rights Reserved
ISBN9781335017222
Author
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Rating

Reviews All Rights Reserved

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    1970-01-01
    “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.”✘ plotIn the future, lawyers have realized they can put copyrights on things as basic as words, and now, on each individual's fifteenth birthday, they are given a device that tracks every word they speak or gesture they make - and charges them exorbitantly for it.On Speth's fift...
  • Alison
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Mandy Webb
    1970-01-01
    *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 a look at what our 21st century looks like, and being able to imagine our society reaching a place where it costs to communicate added a goosebump induc...
  • Amanda Searcy
    1970-01-01
    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 eventually sends people into so much debt that they are sold as indentured servants. Speth, in shock and grief over the suicide of her friend, chooses not to spe...
  • Bea Turvey
    1970-01-01
    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 didn't think of them, but she wrote them down and now feels validated to claim ownership of them. The estate of Marvin Gaye successfully sued Pharrell Wi...
  • Maggie
    1970-01-01
    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 copyright holders in the present. I can hands-down say this is the sharpest Dystopian YA I've ever read. I can't wait to read more about Speth and Co. in b...
  • Amy Giles
    1970-01-01
    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*
  • Trin
    1970-01-01
    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 Harlequin would also choose this moment to step it up.All Rights Reserved takes place in a future where every word you say after age 15 is copyrighted and incu...
  • Indy
    1970-01-01
    Received digital copy from NetGalleyThis 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 policing and ownership of every single word, phrase and gesture is rigidly monitored. This is told from the perspective of 15 year old Speth, as she is about...
  • Bradley
    1970-01-01
    This happens to be one of those books where the only thing I wanted out of it was the satisfaction of seeing a super BOLD idea slapped across the page. The BIG IDEA is admittedly fantastic.I was even more interested in seeing if ANYONE could pull it off. It comes with a ton of issues, but if properly handled, even as a YA dystopia, it might have been brilliant.I have no problems with a huge suspension of disbelief, but sometimes a big idea doesn'...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    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 copywrite laws that citizens have lost the freedom of speech, and must begin paying for every word and gesture the day they turn fifteen. Speth, the mai...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Well that was terrifying! In the current world that we live in with "fake news", sue happy people, and companies trying to copyright just about everything this book really caused me to pause and think. Throughout the whole novel I constantly gave thought to the idea of not being able to say what was on my mind because it would cost too much or what it would be like to not be able to hug a loved one when they needed it because it would send my fam...
  • Figgy
    1970-01-01
    Even before the start of this story, readers are shown a glimpse of the world they’re about to enter, in the form of a copyright page as it might look in the State of Vermaine, the place where Speth lives some time in our future, where freedom of speech is no longer a thing and special permits need to be bought just to maintain ownership of a physical book.The Owner assumes any and all Legal obligation for this physical copy of the book and ind...
  • She Always Reads
    1970-01-01
    If you had to pay for what you said would you choose your more carefully? What if you actions of holding hands or a comforting pats could put you in debt, would you reconsider a hug? What if your face had the likeness of a famous person, would you shield it from the world in fear of being sued?When you start this book it explains the world you are about to enter and what happens when you become 15, how you are then charged for words and actions. ...
  • Annie
    1970-01-01
    Wow.. what a unique concept!!! Imagine a world where EVERYTHING you said was subject to Copyright? Where even your name is subject to a price and for those who can't afford to pay to name their child are obligated to settle for a "half name"... A world where generations later are penalised for an illegal download their great grandparents committed.. I found this book really interesting because this story is told from the perspective of "Speth" wh...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    1970-01-01
    I was on the promotional blog tour for this book!T/W- SuicideI’m so happy that All Rights Reserved is coming to the UK and with a July release date, the wait to purchase a copy is almost over! The main character Speth is turning fifteen and has to make a speech, before being charged for every word or gesture that she makes. She refuses to say her speech however, due to the fears of debt and her best friend commiting suicide due to debt. She pla...
  • ✨Skye✨
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. Thankyou to Netgalley and HQ for giving me the opportunity to read this book! My review is still honest.Wow. What an intensely thought provoking and current novel! I'm so impressed by the thought that has gone into this book. It's a YA novel, but explores so much about capitalism and the nature of copyright and branding. All Rights Reserved creates a world in which people are fitted with a Cuff at th...
  • Noah Nichols
    1970-01-01
    Let's get real for just one second: this ridiculous fic is a financial adviser's literary wet dream! As for me, though? No. All Rights Reserved has its heart in the right place at times—and has a handful of good ideas to boot—but it sucks. Being boring and heavy-handed always equals a hard pass from yours truly. The wacky world the author paints wouldn't happen. Ever. Too many money headaches, for God's sake! Therefore, I can't relate. I'd ge...
  • Mel Campbell
    1970-01-01
    This dystopian YA novel is an imaginative critique of intellectual property law's role in perpetuating social inequality. I enjoyed the oppressive world-building, which goes beyond the corneal implants and targeted advertising of 'Minority Report', or a William Gibson or Gary Shteyngart-esque satire on a hyper-branded world. In particular I liked the ninja-like Placers: a witty idea of personifying the consumer culture trope of product placement....
  • Sandra
    1970-01-01
    REVIEWI downloaded this book from Edelweiss, as soon as I saw the cover and read the blurb I knew I absolutely had to read it. I found both the cover and the blurb fascinating and to be truthful you could imagine this actually happening in the distant future.The cover is a very powerful image. It's a bright yellow colour background so that should ensure it jumps out at you on a book store shelf. There are also lots of different words around a sil...
  • Atlas
    1970-01-01
    My silence meant something. It was a protest. I owned it.* * * * 4 / 5It's been several years since dystopia was the go to genre for the upcoming YA author and, upon seeing All Rights Reserved, I thought that enough time had passed for me to brave this book. And damn, it was good! I've read a lot of dystopias in my time but never anything quite like this. Yeah, maybe it had a few kinks in the plot that could have been smoothed out, a few hallmark...
  • bookaholic_kim
    1970-01-01
    In my personal opinion, this book is no doubt has one of the most captivating synopsis there is, because it is the reason why I picked it up and pushed back my supposed to be TBR pile this month.What I like about this book:1. Setting This book brought me to a world that is so intriguing and unique where everything is copyrighted; words, gestures, access to books, songs, arts and everything. 2. Chapter namesEach chapter is named with words and the...
  • Tammy Chadbourne
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of this book at Book Con. I couldn't put it down! As someone who loves language, and gestures excessively, I would never survive in Speth's world. I loved the parallels to today's society that I saw in the book. I feel like that is the mark of a good dystopian, when you can almost see how the world could end up going in this horrifying direction. I didn't realize until later in the book, but I also love that there is no love tri...
  • Lou
    1970-01-01
    This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 as the premise was just so unique and right up my street - I am pleased to say, it did not disappoint! There is another similar book called 'Vox' out on August 21st also from HQ, with a very similar premise and i'm glad I have a copy of each to compare and contrast. It was also on my most anticipated books of 2018 list.This is an original and powerful book that is particularly significant in today...
  • Gray Cox
    1970-01-01
    This needs to be a movie, it would be so epic.
  • Peri June
    1970-01-01
    "Words were like magic."Imagine a world where you had to pay a lucrative sum for every word you say and every gesture you make. If you control what people say and do, you take away their freedom, making it laughably easy for the "higher-ups" to control the world you live in. You are bound and gagged by the so-called laws that are supposed to be in place to protect people's rights. Of course the opposite is true; all these "laws" hinder people. If...
  • Mikaela Nadeau
    1970-01-01
    Well first of all this was the main ARC that I waited in line for during BookCon in NYC. I am so glad that I made it in line before they shut it down because I could not be more thrilled. The Good:How can you not love Speth? She was an ideal main character, I loved her because she wasn't setting out to be a hero, and instead she discovered she was one. Her ideas and plans were so realistic, and I felt like I could relate and connect with her. The...
  • Gabrielle Miller
    1970-01-01
    This book was obtained through NetGalley.What a great story! When I read this book, I couldn't help but be reminded of my Copyright class I took in college. I loved the originality in this book, how copyright restrictions and lawsuits become a way of life for society. Kudos to the author for dreaming up this storyline.There's only one thing that kind of bothered me, and it might just be a personal preference. There were moments when the story mov...