This final novel in the Word$ Duology packs a powerful message. In his Dystopian Cautionary Tale, Gregory Scott Katsoulis makes evident why equitable access to unbiased information is one of the most important rights we have as Americans. Our Public Libraries, schools, and neutral media sources protect us from unchecked corruption and the complete domination of society by the wealthy few.
In Access Restricted, society is an Oligarchy in which the average person will, at some point in their life, be forced into slavery. The sick part of this is, it is 100% legal. The Affluents own the rights to all words and gestures. In order to communicate, every one must pay the Rightsholders. For those who cannot afford this, it means indentured servitude to pay off their "debts."
Speth Jime, a 16 year old poor girl from the Dome of Portland, has had some success in fighting against this regime. In the first novel, All Rights Reserved, she delivered a powerful blow to the oppressive rulers of theUnited States of America East through her silence and rage. However, that victory was only one small battle in a much bigger war. In this second novel, that one strike isn't enough. The entire societal construct must be destroyed.
Speth and her friends have to find a way to take down the corrupt ruling family, The Rogs, and make their way to the freedom of Tejico. This plan will involve danger, torment, and major sacrifice, with a small chance of survival.
Speth never asked for any of this but, like it or not, she is the face of the revolution. She is the Silent Girl.
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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