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Publisher's Summary

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.

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns 15, Speth must pay for every word she speaks ("sorry" is a flat $10 and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec), 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 speaking words that she's unable to afford.

But when Speth's friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family's crippling debt, she can't express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: Rather than read her speech - rather than say anything at all - she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth's unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family, and the entire city around them.

©2017 Gregory Scott Katsoulis (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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Mispronunciation.

Don’t they edit these things? I’ve heard several words mispronounced - some repeatedly since the narrator obviously doesn’t know the pronunciation, but also misreadings such as “stimulate” for “ simulate”. I’ve never run into this before. Anyone else bothered by this?

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  • B.K.
  • Wilmington, NC United States
  • 05-24-18

First Amendment in Capitalizm

Great YA read. Thought provoking look at words and their value--both monetary and in communication.

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The Thinker

great listening story, and it definitly makes you think about how easily this could become the reality.

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Amazing! Executed flawlessly

Wow! The plot line and subject of this book is amazing!! The title tie in at the end was everything!

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Great story

This book was so good. So good! can't wait for the next one to come out so that I can find out what happens.
This was such an original idea. I've never read a book like this one before.

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  • Deborah Hoad
  • 01-17-18

Timely with important themes

I like this main character very much, even when she was making choices that made me grow in frustration. This is a good story that surprised me a couple of times. I think the ending will divide opinion. Either way it’s a story that will (ironically) generate a lot of conversation, not just around free speech, branding and copyright, but also on society, poverty, sacrifice and many other topics. Recommended for high school age and up.