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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 ("Sorry" is a flat ten dollars 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 speechrather than say anything at allshe 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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, [2017]
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780373212446


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Jul 12, 2019

I chose this book because the plot idea realed me in. The plot centers around a dystopian future, where lawyers can copyright different words and movements. Nearly everything has a price, when Speth gets fed up with it all, she protests by being silent. Now, this book has a really good premise. Though, I see a few problems with the writing style. I find the first few chapters to be rushed, a lot of the time the author will name a bunch of different characters, not mention them for a while, then slip their name into a random scentence. I wish the book talked more about the debt her family carried and her relationship with Beecher (her boyfriend). Also, while it’s interesting that the main character vows not to talk, I find it daunting at some parts in the book. I feel I connect more with secondary characters than the main one, because she cannot express herself easily. There was also a secondary plot I thought didn’t need to be included. I found it hard to focus on the plot that made me choose this book, when there was another plot that played a large role in the book. The ending to this book though, I thought was touching and well thought-out. The end was well crafted and made me understand the concept better. I felt all sorts of emotions and really understood the differences of the characters. I think if you like mystery, drama, violence and Si-Fi, this book is for you.

Apr 12, 2019

I absolutely love love LOVE this book! I actually don't have words to describe the emotional roller-coaster I went through, but I would totally do it again.

(I might try writing more about this one soon, when I stop internally laugh-crying.) ^u^

Mar 25, 2019

This was a really cool book. The dystopian society was amazing and well integrated throughout the book. While it might be hard to relate to Speth at first and see the relationships between her and the other characters since she only speaks a few times throughout the book, you can see her character was full of resolve and passion. Also, while many dystopias have characters joining rebellions and actively fighting to topple the corrupt regime, this one stood out by using silence as a way to protest. Admittedly, there were a few problems, such as how unrealistic the world was, but it was really made up for by everything else.

Mar 27, 2018

I was so enthralled with this constricting society. The plot twists and terrors that awaited deep into the words of a book, which is worth millions of dollars in this society. This book brings power to words, the way we speak, and the use of words.

sarahbru17 Jan 26, 2018

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Wow. The premise caught my attention as soon as I read it, but then I couldn't put the book down. I actually got mad when I had to stop reading! The complex world is immediately enthralling, and so riddled with problems that I plowed through thinking, "How are they going to fix this???" I got so caught up in Speth's silence that whenever I stopped reading, I forgot that I was allowed to speak freely. I'm so pleased with this debut novel, and I can't wait to see what else Katsoulis puts out in years to come!


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