Wednesday, June 19, 2013

         THE REGISTRY REVIEW       

The Registry  
Title: The Registry
Series: The Registry
Author: Shannon Stoker
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Published: June 11th 2013

Source: Bought


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.

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                 MY REVIEW                 

 The Registry was a very hard book to read, but VERY enjoyable! It was different then anything I have ever read, yet the same as a lot of other Dystopian books out there. I don't know if that makes since, but it the best way I can explain it. Its the scary truth of what The United States could be! Now, that said, I did NOT find everything in this book plausible, but it was still very entertaining.

The writing was good, I didn't find anything wrong with it, And it was easy to follow. The background of the story is what sucked me in! I really enjoyed this scary world that these young boys and girls live in. They really have it hard, especially the boys. Being tossed out by their parents at birth and raised by the government to toughen up and become men quick, was just sad! Then at the age of thirteen these young boys are thrown out of the government facilities to the world of the unknown, with NOTHING or no one to help them! Some of the boys don't make it. They either starve to death or run into trouble they can't get their self out of. The government says they need "Strong" men to fight for their country! Then if they happen to make it from thirteen to eighteen, they have to enlist into the army, and do a mandatory of 4 years to serve their Country. Then and only then are they "Awarded" the right to become a citizen, and allowed to "Buy" a wife from The Registry! Yeah, sick I know!

When girls are becoming of age, then its time for her to get her appraisal, and be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Young girls are like gold in this new world. They are raised by their mothers to "Honor" their husbands, and do everything their husband wishes, "ANYTHING"! These girls are trained by their mothers to learn how to cook, clean, sew, stay fit, and most important, to understand that their husband is their savior.  He is all that matters in this world, and he is the one who knows what's best for us! (Yeah Like That'll Ever Happen) So when girls reach the age of eighteen, they are sold by their fathers to the highest bidder, then that is the last that girl will see her family, and she is at the mercy of her husband!

I really had to put this book down at times because it was just so shocking and sickening, the world that these people lived in. Like I said earlier some of the things that were happening just did not seem like anyone would put up with, and some of the situations didn't seem real and definitely had its flaws, but at the same time it was still very intriguing to read...Well after I pushed the idea out of my head that this is crazy and NO person would put up with what this young boys and girls were programed to do.

The Plot:

So this story is about Mia, a young girl fighting for freedom! Mia has always believed that "Honor Thy Husband" & "Do As Your Told" was the best thing for her. She was very excited for the day she would be SOLD to her Dream Husband. But all Mia's hopes and dreams are shattered when something very devastating happens in her life, (I won't say What because it would ruin the book) and she comes to terms with all is NOT as it seems, and her dream husband is exactly what he is, a DREAM! Their is no "Put your wife on a pedestal" and "Worship the ground she walks on", "No happily ever after" for these wives. No, their is pain, torture, and even death, after these girls are sold. Once money exchanges hands between a father and a soon to-be-husband, this women becomes the sole property of her now husband, and he can do with her as he pleases, because that's all she is, PROPERTY! And Mia has seen first hand what that exactly means! 

So Mia sets out to escape. But her auction date is coming soon, and Mia knows nothing of the outside world, and what it holds. The Registry, the agency that controls the distributing of the girls, and is what men have to go through to purchase a wife, wants the young girls to stay dumb, with no knowledge above knowing how to read or write. The new government fears if women become too knowledgeable they would form their own opinions, and be challenged. So Mia knows nothing about other countries, or where to go, or how to get there, and most important, how to survive in the outside world! So Mia enlist the help of her best-friend Whitney to travel with her. Whitney's father has instilled some values in his daughter, and has allowed her to become smart, and have SOME knowledge of the outside world. So they decide to escape to Mexico, for promise of a better life, but most importantly FREEDOM!!

During their escape, the girls run into Andrew, a farmer worker that previously worked on Mia's fathers farm. He reluctantly agrees to help them to the boarder of Mexico. But with Mia's Now Husband with big connections on their trail, and only one step behind them, this escape turns into to a deadly game of cat and mouse, and Mia's husband Grant is enjoying every minute of it.

They form unlikely allies on their journey, and learn the real reason behind this "New" America, and what they find could very well shake the core of their world! 

I really did enjoy this book very much, and I'm very eager to continue Mia and Andrew's journey into Mexico. We get a little page teaser into their next adventure into Mexico and it seems all is not what they thought over the boarder! 

This world that Shannon Stoker created is captivating, and a scary world were I would either kill or be killed! 

I feel though I can not give this book 5 stars like I really, really, want too, because of the things that did not seem plausible. But I feel that it did not take away too much from the book for me, and it was easy to overlook them small things a fall back into the story. So I give this book and STRONG 4 stars.
 4 Stars


Shannon Stoker

  Shannon Stoker lives in DeKalb, IL. She received her undergraduate and law degree from Northern Illinois University where she now works as the Research Integrity Coordinator. It's not a stretch to say she's a die hard Huskie fan!

When she's not working or writing Shannon spends the majority of her time playing with her terrier mix Nucky or her husband.

She loves watching horror movies, including those straight to DVD classics most people never heard of. If she wasn't an attorney or an author she would have been a beautician and is constantly bugging her friends to come over and let Shannon play with their hair. 

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  1. I love dystopia's but I haven't read many this year. It got to the point where I felt like I was reading the same book again and again, just with character name changes and slight plot tweaks. It was frustrating. But I would love to get back into them, because they are great when they are unique. This one doesn't sound wholly unique, but it definitely sounds interesting. I may have to check it out!


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