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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED de Gregory Scott Katsoulis

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

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
Harlequin Teen, August 2017

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.

Gregory Scott Katsoulis is a writer, teacher, artist, and goofball. He is in love with ideas and possibility. When he is not writing, Katsoulis composes incidental music and enjoys taking photographs of faces, debunking bunk, and confounding children by teaching them about black holes, time travel paradoxes, and the hilarious fallibility of human memory.

SUICIDE CLUB de Rachel Heng

A dystopian novel set in near future New York, where life expectancy averages three hundred years and the pursuit of immortality has become all-consuming

SUICIDE CLUB
by Rachel Heng
Holt, TBA
Agent: United Talent

Lea is a high-flying kidney trader at New York’s largest hedge fund who has it all – money, fiancé and the perfect genetic code. She is a Lifer – one of the blessed few destined for immortality, eligible for all the state-sponsored life extension treatments that the Ministry can offer. But when Lea gets into a mysterious car accident and a dark childhood secret surfaces, she finds herself on the Observation List, suspected of not having the requisite temperament for immortality after all.
When Lea meets Anja at a group therapy session, she is drawn into the world of Suicide Club, an outlawed activist group fighting for the right to die. And when her estranged father reappears in her life, she starts to question everything. SUICIDE CLUB is a story of family, forgiveness, and what it means to really live.
Comparable to STATION ELEVEN with shades of Margaret Atwood and George Saunders – or Gattaca meets Minority Report, this is an exceptional debut by a hugely talented writer.

Rachel Hengs short fiction has won Prairie Schooner’s Jane Geske Award and was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. An extract from SUICIDE CLUB was included in the Huffington Post’s « 15 Stellar Short Stories You Can Read Online » list. Rachel was born in Singapore and now lives in London, where she works in the finance sector. She graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a BA in Comparative Literature & Society and Economics. Rachel can be found online at www.rachelhengqp.com, or on Twitter @rachelhengqp.