The Registry by Shannon Stoker
Publisher: William Marrow Paperbacks
Published: June 11, 2013
Welcome to a safe and secure new world, where beauty is bought and sold, and freedom is the ultimate crime
The Registry saved the country from collapse, but stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained to fight and never question orders.
Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous questions. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.
All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.
This book has one of the more interesting and unique dystopian worlds that I have read, and I really enjoyed the way that the author decided to describe its world. Instead of dragging the book on with explaining everything about the world, at the beginning of each chapter there is an excerpt from the two different sets of rules/expectations for girls and guys. I thought this was very unique in showing the world that the characters live in.
There was never a dull moment in this book, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. Through the author showing both the stories of the escapee and pursuer, it created so much suspense. It showed just how close the chase was and made it hard to book down since I had no idea if Mia was going to get ahead of Grant in time. I have never read a book that showed both sides of that before, and really enjoyed it.
The romance and love triangle is really unexpected and done well. Most of the time I hate love triangles, but I loved this one and it made me so heartbroken and conflicted the whole time. I wanted Mia to be with one guy, but then would change my mind and want the other because I was so scared that the first one would leave her. I can not wait to read the next book in the series to see how the love triangle affects the rest of Mia’s journey.
I did really love the characters and how complex they were, but did not really feel connected to any of them. All of the characters lives were very fascinating to read about and developed really well. I was heartbroken by some of them and their sacrifices and losses. I loved the story so much, but just wish that I could connect with and feel fully for at least one of the characters. I hope that in the next book I will experience that, and that it will be just as action packed and unique as this one was.
Rating: 4 Stars/ 5 Stars
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