All Rights Reserved (Word$ Series #1)

All Rights Reserved (Word$ Series #1)

by Gregory Scott Katsoulis


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ISBN-13: 9780373212446
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Word$ Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 319,413
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gregory Scott Katsoulis is a writer, teacher, artist and goofball. He is in love with ideas and possibility. When he is not writing, he composes incidental music, enjoys taking photographs of faces, debunks bunk and confounds children by teaching them about black holes, time-travel paradoxes and the hilarious fallibility of human memory. He lives in the lovely and stimulating Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can visit his website at for occasional thought updates.

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All Rights Reserved 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Shristhi Sharma More than 1 year ago
***Disclaimer: Recieved at BookCon 2018 at the Harlequin Teen Booth for a honest review*** This plot was phenomenal. It had an amazing thought behind it, and it was quite unique- set in an almost dystopian world where people are charged for every word they speak and gesture they make. But Speth- the main character rebels against the system, collapsing the structure America knew for hundreds of years- while also gathering a large following behind her. That being said, how the thought was developed and carried out was poor. The character development was non-existent and relationships with other characters seemed forced. The writing itself was not very clear-cut, or something that amazed me. Moreover, I personally look for well developed character arcs and style of writing in a book for me to become obsessed with it (even though I did fly through it because of the remarkable story line). The bottom line is that the author can learn and make his next book more exquisite in terms of writing- while also maintaining a fabulous plot, as I am still inclined to give this series another chance.
Sandy5 7 months ago
I loved Vox. I devoured that book and as I was raving about it to one of my librarians, he suggested this book. I couldn’t imagine a society where every word spoken or every gesture would cost an individual over the age of 15, money. How is that even possible? And why? I had to read this book to find out. I just couldn’t believe how long it took me to finish this book. Usually I finish a book in a few days but this book took quite a bit longer. I thought the plot was great and, in the beginning, when the story was being set up I was hooked but the middle seemed to drag on. The main character Speth, makes her stance when she turns 15 and decides that she is not giving her Last Day Speech. This becomes a major turning point in the book. Speth decides that she will not give her final free words and she remains silent, and she continues to remain silent frustrating the authorities who are in-charge. It just goes to show that although she is small, she is mighty as her actions cause quite a bit of chaos as others begin to follow suit as they turn 15 years-old and the authorities as not happy as the amount of silent individuals grow. This dystopian world was very interesting. I enjoyed reading about the Product Placers as they raced across the city making their surprise visits. Then, there were the ads for the different products that popped up out of nowhere. These seemed annoying to me, but to them it was a way of life. The books, the way they were supposed to be treated and respected. How they were cared for and who had them, so what happened to the rest of the books in this society? The cuffs. This whole idea was clever and corrupt. To pay for gestures, trademarks, copyrights and restricted words: this whole idea seemed crazy but if you think about it, it’s about control and being taken care of. There’s probably someone right now, thinking about making this concept work. I thought it was hard to get inside the character of Speth, she remained silent for a great deal of the book. She also couldn’t gesture and I only could read what she was thinking. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series as I feel that is when I will see what is store for this community.
readers_retreat More than 1 year ago
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's world. The opening was spectacular and I was invested in the story, the characters, and the outcome from very early on. The story is exciting and effortless but it was also terrifyingly plausible. It had authenticity which some YA novels lack and kept me engaged throughout the entire book. I found it so hard put down that I read it in a mere few hours. A winning combination of a deeply compelling story and amazing writing from Katsoulis had me eager to see what happened in the finale. I cannot wait to read the sequel - 'All Rights Restricted' - which is out in August. I hope it carries the same important message that this one did and certainly would like it to be as enthralling. Many thanks to HQ Young Adult for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be truthful, this book took me an embarrassingly long time to read - but not by any fault of the author. It was fantastic: kept me at the edge of my seat, and had a few twists, turns, and misfortunes in it that even I was surprised by. Kudos, dear friend. I look forward to the rest of your words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adult here. Really really enjoyed it. $72.99 (Double "really" = cost doubled)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The magic in this story is the world-building: a world where every word and gesture are copyrighted, and wrist cuffs use the WiFi to track everything you say and do and charges you accordingly. When you cant pay anymore, you go into servitude. One girl challenges the system by keeping her mouth closed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cliffhanger: no Placement in series: stand alone Age suggested: 13+ Editing: excellent Proofreading: excellent Strong language: no Sexual language or situation: no In Speth's world everything is copyrighted, reserved, trademarked, and illegal. Everyone wears a Cuff that instantly registers use of language and results of lawsuits, immediately charged in favor of the person who instigated the suit, regardless of who was right or wrong. Every building is printed, and even food is printed as a flat cracker. At your 15th birthday the time of free speech comes to an end and the individual is required to give a short speech that must include the brand names of the corporations that will sponsor you in your life. Do something against the societal rules and your sponsors will drop you, and your income drops, too. The story moves quickly as we see Speth's life spiral down as her parents are forced into indentured servitude and Speth's sister receives a lawsuit against her for looking like a popular movie star. Speth decides if she's literally going to be charged for every word, every gesture and every sound she makes, she just won't. The original Silent One, she sparks a tiny revolution that grows despite the attempts of the lawyers who run the city who see a loss of income as the primary problem. Every story has to have a bad person, and this one is Rog Silas, head lawyer. He has thought about walking and breathing as activities that can be registered and charged against the citizens, but he reluctantly gives up the idea. Rog makes it his revenge against Speth for starting the Silent movement, and goes after her family. As the story continues we see Speth slowly fighting her way towards freedom and Rog decompensate as his tight control over the city begins to slip. As well as Rog as a negative character, he has enabled the building of a secret WiFi system that ties into everyone's Cuff so charges and instant lawsuits and debt can be managed immediately. The WiFi must be on at all times, being "tethered," and brief outages are quickly taken advantage of to express language for which people would otherwise be charged. The computer can be said is another bad guy, but it's really neutral; able to be used by either side. Speth is a sympathetic character, although occasionally over wordy, just trying to get her family back. She isn't doing this to start a movement and is surprised when other people pick up the silent activity. Rog, of course, is the mustache twirling evil lawyer who runs the city for his own profit. He is, without a doubt, the bad guy. This reader had some difficulty relating to Rog, not having been ensnared by the convolutions of lawyers or attorneys, but it's easy to imagine one person in a closed society working towards a dictatorship by writing increasingly restricting laws. Speth has a small circle of friends who vary in their support of her. It gives a more realistic view of Speth as a product of her upbringing. If everyone loved her, she could easily have become over sweet and righteous. This story expands on our society's increasingly litigious atmosphere. Although many people declare that something like this could never happen, it's easy to see where we might be headed. A smooth, easily read story; a classic good guy versus bad guy. The ending is satisfying and leaves room for another book.
MGReader More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic, thought-provoking book that manages to both be an exciting, interesting story and yet engage readers with ideas about censorship and power. Despite being a YA book, it was a great read for both me and my book-loving 12-year old. I think this would be a great choice for a parent-child book club, because it's a page-turner that opens up so many avenues for discussion.
maggie-martin94 More than 1 year ago
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 book 2!
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
All Rights Reserved was an addictive read that took me entirely by surprise. It is a smart and timely YA dystopian novel that will leave you thinking long after you’ve turned the last page. While this novel’s world is exaggerated, it isn’t too difficult to imagine that our society could develop into something similar in the future. At its core, All Rights Reserved is social commentary about the importance of freedom of speech. This world is one where a majority of words and gestures have been copyrighted, patented, or trademarked. Every word an individual speaks or gesture they make after age fifteen is tracked in order to determine how much they owe the stakeholders for expressing themselves. Most families are separated due to crippling debts accrued throughout generations. All Rights Reserved begins on Speth’s fifteenth birthday as she’s getting ready to say her first paid words. After seeing her friend commit suicide rather than try to work off his family’s crippling debt, Speth can’t stomach the idea of giving her speech, which was populated with advertisements for companies and platitudes rather than meaningful statements. To avoid increasing her family’s debt, she choose to go entirely silent, sparking a movement that may ultimately change the world. The concept of this world was so unique, I absolutely loved it. The author did a fantastic job of showing the reader the world and Speth’s place in it as the story progressed. The book went by pretty quickly, I was actually surprised by how engrossed it in I was during most of the plot. However, I do wish that the other members of Speth’s team had been explored more and been developed more. I thought that the author did a good job of balancing Speth’s maturity level with the enormity of her decision. Since Speth didn’t quite understand what the impact would be of her split-second decision, it was interesting to see how both she and the society were affected by it over time. The ending definitely gave me some chills, I can’t wait to see where the story goes next! Overall, this was both an entertaining and thought-provoking read. It was refreshing to see an author use a futuristic dystopian world to create social commentary regarding a modern day problem. It almost reminded me of what Aldous Huxley did with Brave New World (which you should definitely read if you enjoyed this novel). I am very intrigued to see how the author will further develop this story in the sequel. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
All Rights Reserved is a speculative fiction about a future where litigation and copyrights have been taken to the extreme, so as to effectively abolish 'free' speech. With the exception of a few expressions, every form of communication or word has been copyrighted, or trademarked and the use of every single thing has been patented in such a way that just existing means you have to pay a price. Hugging someone? You need to pay! Talking to someone? You need to pay per word or phrase! In such a world, Speth (whose very name was picked because it costs less) decides to take an impulsive vow of silence when she comes of age at 15. Her silence is so complete that she does not speak or communicate beyond what is considered 'public domain' in her world. The world-building of All Rights Reserved, while confusing at the start, slowly develops throughout the course of the novel, and pulls you in an immersive experience. The handful of times I put the book down for a break, I couldn't shake off the feeling that my every action had a price. It makes you question how much freedom we take for granted, and how if we aren't careful we could head towards a world like it. It is speculative, and a bit exaggerated, sure, but also seems plausible, if you think about it. The author, through Speth, brings up the challenges of living in a world without communication, of having to restrict all your thoughts to yourself and never being able to convey anything. Throughout the book, she is offered alternative means of communication that wouldn't break the laws of her world, but she holds her 'silence' as a form of protest and as a matter of principle. Besides the specific confines of the world, it also builds on the rich-poor divide, and how capitalism is skewed towards the former. This is a world that is built on profiting from the use of things and intellectual property, and it questions how many rights we would sign away in the name of progress. It is however, confined to a city and the scope of the world outside the city is only hinted at, which is why I surmise it is a series. Without going into specifics, I would like to say that I loved her team - they were the cutest thing when they were introduced and I loved how their friendship built up, (also, that profession is simultaneously hilarious and badass) and I also loved the family dynamics of the Jimes. The pacing is a bit slow, and it takes some time for things to really get into gear, though. The villain was a bit one-dimensional, considering I was thinking it was a systemic issue, but I would like to see what the next book contains in terms of obstacles. This was an interesting speculative dystopia, imaginative and rendered in an engaging manner. Would recommend it for all science fiction fans, specifically. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Harlequin Teen, via Edelweiss.