Monday, June 17, 2013

The Registry by Shannon Stoker

Publisher: William Morrow 
Pages: 336 
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  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 by the state to fight to their death.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. 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.


Kritters Thoughts:  What if at the young age of 18, you as a young woman are put on a list with a price attached to your head and your parents will profit from the marriage?  Along with this, the United States is no longer in tact, so there is a whole new world and if you want to escape this fate, you must go to Canada or Mexico and they aren't too friendly to immigrants.  This is definitely an interesting take on dystopian and I loved how Shannon Stoker turned things upside down, it made me think about what the future could be.

With a little violence and very little romance, I think this book would be perfect YA read to enable a young reader to think about what our country would be without the order that is currently in place.  I absolutely loved hearing the story from multiple perspectives, Mia, Grant, and Andrew all gave the reader a different view of what the country had become and how it had affected each gender in a completely different way.

The book was definitely left hanging and I am assuming that this is the first in a series/trilogoy or something.  I would definitely be interested in finding out where these characters end up and if life outside is as good as it is dreamed to be.

Rating: perfect YA read

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 40 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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