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Access Restricted

(Word$ #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  112 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
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
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Published August 28th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Einas Alhamali
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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Miniseries: Word$

Young Adult Dystopian, Young Adult Social Issues, Young Adult Family, Young Adult Science Fiction
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
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
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
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).
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sherry Thompson
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
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
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2, august, harlequin-teen
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
Chelz Lor
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Courtney Lavallee
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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Access Restricted expands on the already terrifying world of All Rights Res
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angela Courson
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a wonderful successor to the first book. However, the first book was so fast paced I finished it in a day, it wasn't until the last 1/3 of this book I couldn't put it down. It was very well written. sadly, as I look at my smart watch and realize all the things it can do, that I realize just how likely this scenario could play out. As one reviewer said, we'd never let that happen
But imagine they took it bit by bit. The best part about this book, as a dystopian lover, is its plausibil
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is BETTER than the original even - and the original was amazing! Honestly, speaking as a former teacher, these books should be a joint reading project between junior high Language Arts and History teachers everywhere. I can just imagine the discussions that would evolve from each chapter and the history lessons about America that could be weaved within.

If you are reading this book, BE SURE to read the opening "Terms of Use" - they are fantastic too. :)
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
3.5 stars from me.

I really am a mood reader. I was excited to read this sequel but because I kept getting interrupted, I lost interest. Plus, there were either character flaws that started to bother me or scenes/chapters that went on far too long. Whatever it was, it made me want the end to hurry up and get here.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really think these books are almost up there with The Hunger Games series! Who doesn’t love a good teenage rebellion? I’m grateful to the author for sharing his creativity with the world and with our teenagers.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrifying and really interesting. It feels like a modern-day 1984 in the sense of the whole "someone's always watching" and this society is a real nightmare. Thinking of not being able to afford words or any sort of communication is horrifying.
Amethyst Nichole
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long & slow. Must finish
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