I finally finished All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis! This is another book I started back in September and then never went back to it. I finally picked it up again on October 8th and flew through it.
Overall Rating: 3/5
In this dystopian future, every word and gesture has been copy written, trademarked, or patented. On an individual’s fifteenth birthday they are given a device that tracks every word that they say and every gesture that they make. They are charged for everything and a person can go into debt just from talking.
The story opens on Speth’s fifteenth birthday as she is about to read her speech that will transition her into adulthood until she watches a friend end his life because of his family’s debt, she makes a choice that changes everything.
The plot of this book is so unique. It’s scary to think of a world where this could happen especially as the book goes on and people are forced into indentured slavery to the government if they become too far into debt.
I’m not usually one for sci-fi type of books, but I loved the aspects of it in this one. The lenses they are forced to wear that shock them for any transgressions they make and they ads that are tailored to each individual were so innovative.
I loved Kel, Margot, and Henri! For me, they really made this book enjoyable since you don’t get much from Speth during the majority of the book. I felt from the beginning that the Product Placers were going to be an important part of the plot given how interested Speth was in them so it didn’t surprise me much when they were introduced.
I personally didn’t connect to Speth much. Most likely because she doesn’t talk after the first chapter in the book, but also because of her poorly thought out decision. The very first decision she makes in the book isn’t even thought out so she doesn’t even understand what she’s really doing. One minute she’s so excited to say her Last Day speech and then the very next moment she’s declaring to be silent. After that poorly thought out decision, Speth honestly just makes foolish decisions over and over again.
I also really hated the part in the book where a person’s emotions are so blatantly exploited. This broke my heart while reading it because it happened to one of the characters that I loved so much and for this to happen to this character just ruined me.
The ending felt very rushed to me and honestly a little unrealistic for the world that was created. In this scenario, I would have definitely preferred a cliffhanger than how it actually ended.
I’m not sure if I’ll continue this series or not. I did enjoy All Rights Reserved, but not as much as I thought I would. However, I do believe this is one of those books that you have to read for yourself to decide on rather than takes someone’s opinion on it as your own.