Access Restricted: revolutionary teens escape the domes of All Rights Restricted and try for universal liberation
In Gregory Scott Katsoulis's All Rights Reserved, we had a thrilling YA adventure in a world where ever word is copyrighted and every person over 15 wears an unremovable surveillance cuff to bill them for their speech; in the sequel, Access Restricted, we follow the surviving heroes outside the claustrophobic confines of the Portland dome and into the wider world, to DC, the wastelands beyond, and finally to Tejico, the semi-colonized, semi-independent nation made up of Mexico and Texas, where a way out of this terrible world may be found.
Katsoulis's second volume expands on the themes of All Rights Reserved, moving from a dystopia where the rich oppress the poor to one in which the specific indentities of race, culture, gender and other factors color the experience of oppression.
The world of Access Restricted hints at the future of American exceptionalism: a basket-case nation whose perverse and polymorphous (and manifestly unjust) laws are used to impose American will on the world, even as they strangle American prosperity and freedom, isolating the country and squandering the potential of its people.
It's a fantastic, red-blooded justice-struggle novel, where the liberation of slave plantations, plans to blow up giant, oppressive data-centers, hacking, running, rock-throwing and karate-kicks live alongside nefarious surgeries that implant tracking and communications devices in indentured slaves, Judge-Dredd-style kangaroo courts are the scene of nailbiting battles and clever schemes, and where death is always a possibility and solidarity is the only answer.
Access Restricted [Gregory Scott Katsoulis/Harlequin Teen]
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