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Author: Gregory Scott Katsoulis Narrator: Frankie Corzo Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Word$ Series Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781488203282
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Speaking as an observing protagonist who has taken a vow of silence requires excellent vocal interpretation skills from an audiobook narrator. Frankie Corzo pulls that off in this dystopian novel…She’s a quiet presence, while those around her—from her younger brother to street thugs—plead, cackle, yell, and otherwise make themselves heard in well-differentiated voices. Listening to this audiobook adds one more layer of horror to the possibilities it raises. It’s the first in a new series, and both author and narrator leave listeners eager for more.”

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  • “Speth is a sympathetic character for whom readers will root…Katsoulis’ work is timely and will appeal to fans of Dan Wells’s Bluescreen [and] M. T. Anderson’s Feed.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A fresh and detailed dystopian tale that will capture and make demands upon the attention of its readers, as the genre should.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Utterly captivating; a must read for fans of the dystopic.”

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  • “Intense…A provocative setup.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Frankie Maria Corzo is a film and voice-over actress and audiobook narrator. She obtained a BA degree in theater studies from Montclair State University.

About the Narrator

Frankie Maria Corzo is a film and voice-over actress and audiobook narrator. She obtained a BA degree in theater studies from Montclair State University.