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 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 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.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt the writing style was really good. We are following a girl,some time in the near future,who inadvertently starts a movement by staying silent in a world where every word spoken and every gesture is copywrited and charged. You would be charged with a cuff connected to your wrist.I could really understand her frustration on not being able to speak or gesture. I was so engrossed in the story that after reading for a while, when someone would say something to me, I would be kind of surprised that I could talk. Freedom of Speech is something we take for granted and in this world there’s nothing of the sort. The scary thing is, this could be a possible future. Maybe not in the extreme that is in this book,but something close to it. The world building was really good and not everything was just thrown at you. It was gradual, and I feel like I really understood it. There was one part of this story that really shocked me. I wasn’t expecting that and i didn’t like what had happened. I just feel there was something missing from the book, which is why I gave it a lower rating.
I think this book came out in the US last year but it just came out in the UK on July 12th so if you’re intersted you can buy it here now too.
Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it?
*Thank you to netgalley and HQ Young Adult for the e-arc. All views expressed are my own.