The Registry by Shannon Stoker

The Registry

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Book # 1 of The Registry series: Published 5/28/13

I borrowed the audio version of this book from my library saving me $21.95(audio price)

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Okay, full disclosure time.  I picked this book to fulfill the book with bad reviews requirement for one of my reading challenges.  I had a hard time figuring out just what sort of book would fill this requirement, because most books have a fairly average rating on Goodreads (even this one), balanced between those that loved it and those that hated it.  I decided to just pick a book that the majority of the review were three stars or below, and this one had a majority of its reviews on the first page two or below.  The book was also available for download when I wanted to check out a new audio to listen to while doing yard work, so there you have it for why I decided to read The Registry.

So what did I think…  Well I didn’t hate it, but I can see why other people felt so strongly about it.  The story has some plot issues and is kinda weak at times.  The characters are one-dimensional and I had a tough time respecting the lead female at all.  The characters are extreme in their behaviors and personality and often lack motivation for their actions.  I agree with one other reviewer that the bad guy is almost a farce in how awful one character can be.  He ends up coming off unbelievable and odd.  He is missing that redeeming quality that bad-guys need to make them plausible.    Mia is seriously lacking of a brain, but I get that she was raised that way.  Still it would have been nice if she could have had a bit more personality.

There is a love triangle in the story that was poorly executed and the book would have been stronger without it.   The main love interest, Andrew, was the character I like the most.  Of all the characters I think he was probably the best written.  Still the chemistry between Mia and him just wasn’t there for me.

The best part of this book for me was the concept and the world in which it is set.  This is what earned the second star for my rating.  I loved this idea, just wish it was a bit better executed.  This world in this story was essentially built by Halliburton and is a right-winger evangelical’s wet dream of how society should be run.  Mandatory military for all boys, woman having no place or rights in society except as slaves to their husbands and baby machines.  Women being bought and sold online to fund the government. Massive censorship, intimidation of other countries, brainwashing, locked down boarders, and military policing of citizens.   I can see the rabid right taking notes and making plans from this story.  The only thing that didn’t fit was the positive portrayal of same-sex families, because we all know if the right-wing got control of this country and set it up like in this book they would be either deported or executed.  So kudos to the author for portraying them as normal loving families in this book.

Basically my opinion of this book is good idea, but needed more work before release.  I won’t be continuing on, but to those that loved it, yay for you.  I think the author has potential and just need a bit of experience.

My Rating: 2 Stars

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