Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: All Rights Reserved

All Rights Reserved All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

4 stars for the concept--love the idea that lawyers control everything, even the words that we speak in this close-to-real-life future. Everyone in the dome wears a cuff that charges you for each word you speak after the ceremony when you're a teen. No one bothers to read the Terms of Service in this world (I might read them after reading this book) and no one except the rich have books. Parents are taken from children because they are sued for illegally downloaded music generations ago ("we owed the Musical Rights Association of America more than six million dollars in damages.") and forced to work to pay off their debts to the copyright holders.

3 stars for the writing style because there were parts that were disjointed and just didn't read smoothly, especially the ending about Speth's late night rendezvous to find the book that holds all the secrets to this world. I kinda felt preached at about the first amendment, but maybe younger teens wouldn't feel that way? But the idea that lawyers and the rich will control everything through patents and copyrights doesn't sound too out there. Speth is another strong female kickass character, although she does something in the middle that I wasn't a fan of--you'll see when you read. But Speth isn't flawless--she makes mistakes.

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