In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent
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, for every nod, for every scream 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. Rather than read her speech—rather than say anything at all—she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again, sparking a movement that threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.
In a society where you pay for every word you speak and even some simple actions cost, you are not free. You are nothing more then a $ in this place. Speth is set to give her last day speech. Everyone does this on the day they turn 15 and after that moment, they are charged for every word they say. She is all ready to get up and give her speech and start her adult life when something terrible happens and she instead vows to never speak again. She had no idea what she would start with this one choice but she will sure as hell see this movement until the very end.
I loved this book. The message of it is so powerful to me. Freedom of Speech is such an important right and sometimes, I think we all take it for granted. I couldn't imagine living in a place like this, where you can't even hug someone without it costing you money. Imagine how lonely that would...
I think everyone should read this book. Especially those that think you shouldn't have freedom to say what you want. There is some very sad moments in this book that made me cry but it's going to be one of my favorite books that actually have a message. It's so well written and powerful. Even though the main character only talks in about 3-4 chapters, I felt so connected to her. I felt her pain and suffering.
1) "Every book warns us at the beginning: All Rights Reserved. But I don't believe it. Every right will not be reserved. Our rights will not be reserved. We will be free."
2) “Words matter. Words make ideas. They preserve truths and history. They express freedom and they shape it."