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The Registry was a very hard book to read, but VERY enjoyable!
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.
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 bestfriend Whintey to travel with her. Whintey'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 contuine 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.
posted by Vannah1028 on June 19, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
When I first read the idea of this and then saw it was available
However, I felt the pacing went quite well. I flew through the book to find out if Mia would get her freedom, if romance was in the cards, and what the repercussions of her escape would be.
Again, I liked the plot well enough, but I felt like there were a lot of things lacking for me. I don't feel like I got enough characterization. I liked Mia, the main character, well enough but I wasn't overly attached to her. Sure, I wanted her to be able to live her life free of oppression and I definitely didn't want to see her get caught by her horrible, psychotic 'husband'. Stoker explains to us that Mia used to dream of finding a husband in the Registry and she couldn't wait to be entered- she was one of those frivolous girls. But after an incident with her sister, Mia comes to the realization that maybe the Registry is not all it seems. Now, the girl that used to dream of her wedding, can't stomach the thought of one and wants to run away. However, her father has already found a suitor for her, by the name of Grant Marsden. (I love Grants, so I hate this one was a bad one!) He is a billionaire, but is cocky, self-assured, and an arrogant ass. Your hatred for him really grows throughout the book, as you see the lengths he will go to to find Mia and bring her back. It's all a game to him, he is thrilled by the chase of finding Mia. Which is crazy, because he doesn't want anything to do with her. He simply does not want to be shamed and he wants her just because he can.
Which brings us to Andrew. He is a worker for Mia's family, who has a few months before he can enter the service. He gets swept up in Mia's escape plan, and together, they and her best friend Whitney, who has no marriageable prospects, attempt to flee to Mexico. I can't really say I liked Andrew. He was irritable, cold, distant and made it very clear on multiple occasions he didn't want to be helping them. Yet, after several opportunities to abandon them, he doesn't. He intends to see it through and while he is slightly attracted to Mia, he will not allow himself to get close to her. I don't know how to really explain this, but the romance just felt so forced between them. It didn't flow naturally. I've read a lot of stories about cold, distant guys who refuse to acknowledge feelings to the female lead. But slowly over time, their tough exterior chips away and they find themselves falling. I didn't really get that with Andrew. It was like "I don't like you, I can't stand you" to "Ok, I love you. Let me tell you now that you're having other feelings and get all pissed off over it."
Yes, I said other feelings, as in another guy. Sigh. I only like love triangles when they're done right. This was just thrown in for added measure. Towards the end of their journey, they meet Rod and his son, Carter. They are the last leg of the escape, if you will, and hides them in their house until it is time to cross the border. Carter is the complete opposite of Andrew. He is open, flirty, and makes no attempt to hide his interest in Mia. There is kissing involved between the two, but really Mia wants Andrew. To the point where she'll kiss Carter and pretend it's him. Yeah.
Then, there's Whitney, Mia's best friend. Mia begs her to run away with her and although she has some reservations, she agrees. She knows she doesn't have any marriage prospects in America, so why not see what's available for her in Mexico? I don't really know how I feel about Whitney's character. She was a good friend to Mia, but at times, she really got on my nerves. I thought she would be the tough one, but after an unavoidable incident occurring Andrew, she gets worked up and distrustful.
As I said, I felt the pacing went well, but I still felt like there were some events that happened for shock value, but it was really to add some action into the story. I'm more of a fan of buildup, but a lot of events were kind of rapid-fire. And then the ending, just kind of ends. It's not a cliff-hanger, but it does leave us going, 'Well, now what?'
Overall, I certainly didn't mind reading this book and it did hold my attention, but it just didn't have the wow factor I was hoping for.
*Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
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I really enjoyed reading this book, I could NOT put it down unti
I really enjoyed reading this book, I could NOT put it down until I was through. I believe it is the author's first novel, and while that does show in some awkward writing it also shows in the rampant enthusiasm through the whole book. The plot is engaging from the start, and while I sometimes wanted to wring characters' necks out of frustration, it made them all the more human and three-dimensional. The heroine is especially engrossing, as she struggles to overcome the limitations that were literally instilled in her from birth. As a woman, she was taught to believe that the most important thing she will ever do is become a wife. When she begins to doubt this, she has to slowly discover all those parts of herself that were trained into her, and try to separate them out from what is real and establish her own personality and identity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The number one indicator of whether a book is good or not is how easy it is to walk away from; I tore through The Registry in two days and then nearly lost it when I realized it is a part of a trilogy and the next won't be out until 2014! Overall, very enjoyable book as both an escape from the world we live in and a warning to watch out for some of the darker elements of our world.
Posted June 11, 2013
In this futuristic America, Shannon Stoker vividly portrays a dy
In this futuristic America, Shannon Stoker vividly portrays a dystopian society that at first sight might seem extreme and farfetched but on second thought echoes values chillingly close to many realities of today. As the story unfolds, the reader sees Mia transform from a young woman following the status quo to an outlaw on the run simply because she seeks to secure a future of her own making. This book leaves you thinking about the very values that shape your own life perspective and makes you wonder how much this futuristic society is based on fantasy...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Registry is a fun read and I encourage anyone looking for a book to read by the pool or on the beach this summer to pick this one up. It is a quick read and leaves you eagerly awaiting the release of the sequels.
Posted August 10, 2013
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