This book (for me, audiobook) was nuts. I love love love the concept!
“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.” – Book Description via Goodreads
Such an interesting idea. We already copyright quite a bit. So, what happens when that gets taken too far?
In Speth’s world, people can sue each other for the most minor infractions and offenses, all from their cuff–a device placed on their wrist to track body movement, record and charge for words, and make transactions. At age 15, all individuals must give a Last Day speech, which marks their transition into adulthood. After her friend dies by suicide, Speth is unable to make herself speak, sparking a resolve to stay silent until there is societal change.
She must learn to subtly communicate without sound or gesture, as she carefully navigates her world.
There are so many twists and turns, it was hard to put this book down (or rather, hit the pause button). Not only was it a fun dystopian YA novel, but also it makes me think quite a bit.
And, I’m so excited the sequel, Access Restricted, comes out on August 28th!!