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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, for every nod, for every scream 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 ...more
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Published August 29th 2017 by Harlequin Audio
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Bea Turvey As a 15 year old, you are our future and this book is something you should not only read, but share!
Gregory Katsoulis Yes! Citizens are free to cry as much as they like so long as their sobs and moans of despair aren't used to convey anything beyond their misery.
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was fun, but I don't think I liked it enough to have the desire to pick up the sequel. The world building kind of irked me, I felt like it was just constantly adding new things to it every chapter. I'm also the MOST picky person when it comes to world building so I'm sure other people would just overlook that. While I did like that the characters had distinct voices, none of them really grabbed out at me. I never reached a level of care for the characters which made it hard for me to want ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
“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.”

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In 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 fifteenth birthday, she realizes she doesn't want to be
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Alison
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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 inducing tension to the whole story. Speth was such a
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Amanda Searcy
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 speak, which makes her a pariah and even dangerous.

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Bea Turvey
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Williams and Robin Thicke for the sound of a cow
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Maggie
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Amy Giles
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*
Indy
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received digital copy from NetGalley

This 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 to become a legal adult and begin 'paying back'
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Trin
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010s, ya, american-lit, sci-fi
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 incurs a fee. The protagonist, Speth, doesn't set out
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Bradley
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't (and can't) ever jibe with reality. Sure, if the
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Heather
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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 main character, is so utterly relatable. The book
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Figgy
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 indemnifies the author and publisher against liability,
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Sarah
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 family into collections. In Speth's world these are ...more
Noah Nichols
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 get a bit more intricate with why I despise this fic, ...more
Annie
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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" who was due to give a speech on her Last Day prior ...more
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I was on the promotional blog tour for this book!

T/W- Suicide

I’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 plans to remain silent, no matter what the media or
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Nicki White
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. You get implants in your eyes and cuff on you that
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Mel Campbell
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.

This is the sort of book that gets you thinking
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, edelweiss
REVIEW
I 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 silhouette of who I would say is the main character
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✨Skye✨
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 the age of 15 that monitors the words they speak and
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Atlas
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My silence meant something. It was a protest. I owned it.

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4 / 5


It'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 hallmarks of a new author, but these are easily forgiven.

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Book Riot Community
Imagine a future where you’ll pay for what you’ve said. Literally. That’s what happens in this inventive new book! Speth Jime is set to deliver her Last Day speech. After her speech, she must pay for every word she uses. It’s the same for everyone once they turn fifteen, and a way for the government to keep people down by forcing them to work constantly to afford being able to talk. But what would happen if someone refused to speak? That’s exactly what Speth decides to do, and her actions may ...more
bookaholic_kim
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 names
Each chapter is named with words and their cost. These words are found in the chapter,
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Lou
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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R.F. Gammon
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Were there several inconsistencies and discontinuities in this book? Yes.

Did the prose slip into telling sometimes? Yes.

Was the villain a fairly late arrival, and was some of the worldbuilding a bit off? Yes.

But did I absolutely love this book, the characters, the world, and everything else? HECK YES.

This book stressed me to death, but I loved it.

Wow. 5 stars.
Tammy Chadbourne
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 triangle in this book! There isn't any sort of ...more
Leyna
Aug 28, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-to-reads
Man, how is there not that much hype around this?? It sounds epic!!
Gray Cox
This needs to be a movie, it would be so epic.
Peri June
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-challenge
"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 you so much as breathe more than what the law
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