Review : Shannon Stoker’s “The Registry”

*SPOILERS PROBABLY*
The Summary : In the future of America, boys are raised from birth to be soldiers, and only soldiers, and girls are raised only to be brides. When boys finish their mandatory time in this seemingly never-ending war that America is a part of, they can come back and access The Registry. In The Registry, girls, starting at age 18, are appraised and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Our main character, Mia, is the highest priced girl in the whole Mid West Area, and is perfectly excited to get married until her sister comes home with a terrifying message. Now Mia has to rethink her entire future, and decides to escape to Mexico with the help of her best friend Whitney, and the cute farmhand, Andrew. The problem is, Mia is being hunted by a horde of government officials, and her husband who is determined to own her.

My Thoughts :

I need to start off by saying that I am SO GLAD that this is not a one-off book, like I had assumed. Originally, I thought that Mia and Andrew would make it to Mexico and the book would wrap in a cute little bow. Damn I was wrong.

The Characters : I liked Mia, while she was a little to naive and full of herself for my taste, her attitude and personality made sense with the character, an entitled beauty queen basically. She reminded me a little bit of Kylie Jenner, someone who’s used to getting all the attention she gets, and has come to expect it. Andrew, her guide, was perfectly stoic, and he acted exactly how a young man who is terrified of love would act. He had been trained his whole life to stay away from women and just care for his country. Grant was a complete dick, as expected, he was as arrogant and entitled as anyone who just paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for a wife would be. Whitney was almost wallpaper, but I did find myself upset when she died. Frank, Alex and Rod, the people who helped them, were my favorites. The author made these characters incredibly easy to like. And lastly, Carter. Carter, Carter. Carter. I could have done without Carter and without any sort of love triangle. Carter just seemed to me like that high school jock who thought he owned the world because he wore a varsity jacket. I didn’t approve of Mia liking Carter, but I almost felt for him when he had to leave his father to die. Almost. All in all, the characters felt real, and they made a lot of sense in the world they lived in.

The Plot : I only got bored a few times, which seems like a lot, but It takes A LOT for me to stay hooked for that long. I thought the author came up with an interesting concept, that I had yet to see in any YA dystopia thus far. The idea of forcing men into the army, and auctioning off women to the highest bidder seemed real, like it could actually happen one day. There was no impending rebellion to keep things “interesting,” because no one in this world knew they needed to rebel. Maybe there will be more of that in the next book, but who knows. The author did a great job of keeping the reader as in the dark about why “the registry” and the mandatory service were in effect, and giving us multiple theories to go on, so we felt like we were in the world with the characters. I loved how it ended on a literal cliff-hanger, but, after reading the excerpt, the next book in the series picks up exactly where the first leaves off, which I love, because I hate feeling like I missed the characters whole lives.

The Overall: Overall, this book was a three star book. It was certainly not the best book I’ve ever read, but I would definitely recommend it. I had never heard of this book when I saw it on the shelf, but I am very glad that I gave it a chance. I would definitely recommend this book for lovers of The Hunger Games trilogy, and the Matched, Crossed, Reached trilogy.

Kelsey Maureen.

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