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Access Restricted

(Word$ #2)

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At the end of All Rights Reserved, Speth and her friends freed the city of Vermaine from Silas Rog and his oppressive litigation. But now, with the Wi-Fi untethered, the citizens of her city are looking to Speth to lead them. Just as Speth never intended to lead a rebellion of Silents, she has no idea how to begin putting Vermaine back to rights. All she wants to do is bre ...more
Hardcover, 478 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I approached reading Access Restricted with mixed feelings as I had totally loved All Rights Reserved and told every book lover I know how amazing it was. I find that sometimes the second book isn’t always as good as the first, and as I totally adored All Rights Reserved, Access Restricted has a lot to live up to, to be as good.

This book, once again has a bold and bright cover. This time it is orange, and has metal chain with a padlock prominent on the cover which I'd say fits with the title of
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Einas Alhamali
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually (surprisingly) liked the ending! It felt very powerful. But, like, I don't get how there's gonna be a 3rd book?? This ending felt enough, and I hope it doesn't get stretches out farther than it can go.
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library
I'm really sad this is over.

I can't believe how much I fell in love with this world and Speth and all the characters and just everything.

I mean, it's horrific. It's awful. But I was just wondering yesterday if it was weird that we pay for phone calls, we pay to send letters to each other, so is it really that different to paying for the right to speak? I know that what we are paying for is the service, but we're still paying to communicat
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Wendy
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, thriller
In the innovative and thrilling sequel “Access Restricted” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways the symbol of Silas Rog’s power has been destroyed after the WiFi was taken down in Portland. The “Silents” look to Speth for leadership although their first priority is getting the food printers up and running so no one starves. But with her brother Sam dead, Saretha in the hospital with shattered knees, all Speth wants to do is flee the dome and track down her parents in Crab Creek, Carolina.

With
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Madison
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Access Restricted is the sequel to the amazing and scarily possible All Rights Reserved. With just as much action and intrigue, Access Restricted once again delves into a world where every form of communication is owned and fees charged accordingly, where history and knowledge have become propriety information only accessible to those with wealth and standing, where one girl unwittingly became the leader in an uprising, and where that girl must once again risk everything for a chance of a better ...more
Jessie
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A worthy successor to All Rights Reserved. While it took a little bit for the plot to get going, and there was a certain repetitive quality to much of the dialogue, I can overlook it for the fascinating world-building Katsoulis has done. It was great to see the America(TM) outside of Speth's dome. And the ending was excellent and well-earned (a huge improvement over the rushed and abrupt ending of the first novel).
Katelyn Rose
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! This was a great sequel to "All Rights Reserved." I throughly enjoyed seeing the character and world development because there was so much more to explore. This book was adventurous, filled with action, friendship, and loss. I think each character brought something new to the story and I enjoyed the interactions between them all. This book I think is very important now a days, because the idea of people copyrighting everything is not a fair fetched thing that could happen. It is eerie ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
This was a fabulous sequel to the first book. This series is such a wake up call for what can ultimately happen when freedom of speech is regulated to an extreme or taken away. It’s a great series to read in this day and age. In this second book the characters gained some more depth and background. Speth has evolved into someone stronger and braver than she ever thought she could be. The pace in this book is fast and the action is nonstop. It’s a very quick read and a lot happens in a very short ...more
Justine
dnf-ed at 28%


i decided to dnf this book because it was so boring and it was not capturing my attention at all. i was just forcing myself to read it for the sake of actually finishing it and i am so eager to read another book besides this one. such a shame because i actually enjoyed the first book. oh well
Natalie
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, plch, 2019
Still love that this author doesn't play, he will gut you and murder all of your favorite characterS with no mercy. Fantastic writing and storytelling.
Ruthsic
Warnings: descriptions of torture, drugging, slavery, mention of sexual assault (implied) from first book

Access Restricted continues the story of Speth and the people of Portland, who after the WiFI going down at the end of the previous book, have freedom but still problems as to how to run the city's machines (including the ones that prepare their food) amidst a shutdown. Speth and her friends want to take this opportunity to free their parents from Indenture, but getting there is half the jour
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Teenreadsdotcom
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gregory Scott Katsoulis introduces brilliant sequel to ALL RIGHTS RESERVED from the world with where every word has a price, ACCESS RESTRICTED.

The tower of Silas Rog, fostering the overruling WiFi to Speth’s home in Portland is finally destroyed, freeing her from her long reign of silence, but now what? Affluents roam the street, helpless without their money and power. The poor seek retribution for every wrong against them, attacking almost anyone they can find. Finally, the city is free, but wi
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Zo-Yi Siew
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-ths
Review: “Access Restricted”
[sequel to “All Rights Reserved”] by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

“Access Restricted” is the sequel to the book “All Rights Reserved”, both written by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. These two books take place in a futuristic, dystopian world where all citizens aged 15 or older must pay every time they talk or use gestures to communicate, meaning that only the rich can afford to speak. In a world where communication is a luxury, the books follow the young protagonist, Speth Jime,
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Sherry Thompson
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Speth Jime ends the tyrant Rogs’ oppressive hold over Portland with a resounding boom. As a result, in a futuristic, dystopian United States, where all forms of communication is owned, Portland’s citizens are hoping the “Silent Girl” will guide them in their quest to be free from word and gesture oppression. Speth and her friends make a getaway from the dome on the “Outer Ring” while the government is trying to restore Portland’s Wi-Fi and bring order. Unfortunately, Silas Rog’s sister, Lucretia ...more
Katelyn
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Access Restricted is the second and final book in the Word$ series. At the end of All Rights Reserved, Speth Jime blew up the WiFi in the Portland Dome. This means that no one can be charged for the words they speak, but it ends up causing more harm than good when Lawyers from other domes show up and Speth and some of her friends are forced to flee. Speth, Sara, Norflo, Margot, Mira, and Henry are determined to take out all the WiFi and end the Word$ Market once and for all. Speth and Sara also ...more
Jaime Sanborn
This final novel in the Word$ Duology packs a powerful message. In his Dystopian Cautionary Tale, Gregory Scott Katsoulis makes evident why equitable access to unbiased information is one of the most important rights we have as Americans. Our Public Libraries, schools, and neutral media sources protect us from unchecked corruption and the complete domination of society by the wealthy few.

In Access Restricted, society is an Oligarchy in which the average person will, at some point in their life,
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Bre
First let me say that I should have known about Word$ series way before now. About a month ago, on one of the Facebook book groups I follow, someone posted about All Rights Reserved. The person gave a quick synopsis and it sounded really good. I took a screenshot of the post and saved the book on my TBR list. I got into a bookfunk and was trying to find something to pull me out. I went looking through my book screenshots, saw the saved post, and began looking up All Rights Reserved. That’s when ...more
Aoife
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A brilliant sequel to All Rights Restricted, picking up very soon after the end of that book. However, while it's been mere hours for the characters, it's been much longer for me and I found myself struggling to remember exactly what happened to what character when. A recap of some kind would have been very welcome.

That aside, though, this is a fantastic read. Speth's world expands in this one and we get to see a lot more of what's left of America. Saretha seemed much younger than her age this t
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Chelz Lor
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of the First Book
Please check out my full review at My Website

Obligatory shout out to Gregory Scott Katsoulis, Harlequin Teen, and Net Galley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Being honest and keeping it short, I was disappointed.

I am not shocked by this. I wasn't over the moon for the first one, though the book worm in me wanted to continue the series making me pick up the next book.

You see, I wanted it to get better.

I can acknowledge that what I read is probably not the final version as I
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Lisa
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Access Restricted is more relevant than ever. Centered around a world where you are charged for every word you speak, main character Speth chooses to go silent in the first book, All Rights Reserved. In this sequel, Speth finally has a voice and is leading a revolution (somewhat accidentally).

I really enjoyed the first book and while this is a good follow-up and ending to the duology, it still felt lacking, or maybe a bit cliche. With so many dystopian novels out now, especially ones with a fem
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Courtney Lavallee
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, e-book, dnf
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book for a read and review. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. This is the sequel to All Rights Reserved and will drop on September 01,2018.

Sadly I was let down by this book, I love the premise and what it all stands for. Sadly this book did not have that Oomph I was looking for. It could be a reading funk as well, so I might try to reread this at a later date.

I still love the world in the book as it is brilliantly built,
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Susan
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Speth lives in a society where every word you speak has a price attached to it. If you speak too much, you could go into so much debt that you could be indentured for life. It’s a very restrictive way to live. Her parents were sent to another dome to work leaving her and her two siblings to live by themselves. Life was difficult for them. Speth wants to be reunited with her parents and live as a family. This is against the rules. There are several things Speth will have to overcome. Will Seth be ...more
Brandy
I can't tell if this is the middle book in a trilogy or the second half of a duet, and the status would color my opinions: a lot feels resolved but there are threads left open, and I don't know if this is Middle Child Syndrome or just loose threads.
There is no Happily Ever After for most of these characters--there are still the sacrifices, both personal and social. The country isn't going to be the same, but there's no telling if it's going to be better or worse.
I am a sucker for ambiguity and t
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Renee
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis is the second book in the Word$ series. It is set in a futuristic dystopian U.S. where there is a charge for every word spoken or gesture made. A society where the only way to work off the debt of using speaking forces individuals, their families and children to be forced into a lifetime of indentured servitude.

I am happy to report that this second book is just as good as the first book in this series. The story flows really well and the plot engagin
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Robson Gabriel
Gregory just delivered a hell of a page turner!

Speth Jime's story continues on the second Word$'s book in a thrilling quest of survival and revolution. Her goals haven't change from what we last saw on the end of "All Rights Reserved", she needs to destroy the system so people could live without the fear of never ending debt and slavery.

Gegory's writing is unique and keeps the reader involved in the narrative.

The things left without answer on the first book were solved in this one. There's so mu
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literaryfreak11
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was the perfect sequel. I'm always wary of sequels, but this was absolutely perfect. It fleshed out the universe in new ways and also gave depth to the characters.
The first book was about a girl who lives in a world where you have to pay per word and communicative gesture. Then she stops speaking. As you go through, you get the book from her perspective but she also can't speak or communicate to anyone around her.
In this book, the decisions she makes and the actions Speth takes make
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Alicia
The second book in the series that continues to focus on Speth, the girl who took on her oppressive government that limited and monetized words.

In this one, she’s with a group of friends trying to get back some normalcy but realizing her hero’s journey to finish what she started by leading this revolution with the hope of also finding her family and restoring peace and a bit of happiness.

Mysteries are solved, the world becomes more vivid and realized with the world-building, and the parallels
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Hayley
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Access Restricted expands on the already terrifying world of All Rights Res
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Kristin
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one, but it was nice to hear an end to this story. And more importantly, I appreciated that Katsoulis did it in 2 books instead of 3. Not everything has to be a trilogy, publishers.

This felt like a very slow trudge to the end. I guess we needed some suspense built up, but it really did feel like it took a long time to get to the place we all knew it would get to eventually.

This is definitely an interesting book in light of current "news" where Alfo
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Sarah
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Speth and her friends struck a mighty blow for free speech by liberating Portland from the tyrannous lawyer Silas Rog, but his sister Lucretia isn't about to sit back and let peons express themselves without paying the rights holders. Their headlong flight across a shattered America fills in a few historical blanks, but the action really doesn't pick up until Speth and Lucretia square off. Speth the accidental revolutionary comes into her own as she realizes just how much has been taken from her ...more
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