The Registry (Registry Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Welcome to a safe and secure new world, where beauty is bought and sold, and freedom is the ultimate crime

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 to fight and never question orders.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her ...

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The Registry (Registry Series #1)

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Overview

Welcome to a safe and secure new world, where beauty is bought and sold, and freedom is the ultimate crime

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 to fight and never question orders.

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

Publishers Weekly
Mia Morrissey believed that her greatest achievement in life would be a top ranking in the Registry of marriage-eligible 18-year-old girls: “Since she’d been old enough to understand her duty and her role, Mia knew she would marry a very wealthy man.” Her illusions collapse when her sister, Corinna, flees an abusive husband and mysteriously dies shortly afterward. Mia discovers that the Registry is an oppressive system where women are commodities, created in the wake of a wartime disaster. Just before her wedding to arms dealer and likely psychopath Grant Marsden, Mia runs for Mexico, aided by her friend Whitney and—unwillingly—by her father’s farmhand Andrew. In this poorly-written, clichéd attempt to emulate popular tropes of dystopian fiction, it’s difficult to care whether Mia and her friends will make it to Mexico before Grant catches them, thanks to Stoker’s leaden prose, flimsy characters, sketchy world-building, and heavy-handed attempts at sociopolitical commentary. (June)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Beautifully written…a chilling and shocking look at a futuristic America that will stay with you long after you close the book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062271730
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Series: Registry Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,168
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Shannon Stoker is the author of The Registry and The Collection, the first two books in the Registry trilogy. She is a licensed attorney who works for Northern Illinois University, assisting students and staff with research integrity. She lives in DeKalb, Illinois, with her husband and small dog.

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  • Anonymous

    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...

    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.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Really enjoyed!

    Very entertaining and surprisingly thrilling

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

    The Registry was a very hard book to read, but VERY enjoyable!

    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 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.

    9 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    I really liked this book. I love the Dystopian theme, I love the

    I really liked this book. I love the Dystopian theme, I love the premise. All around I think it was well written.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    The book was decent, writing at the beginning was immature and s

    The book was decent, writing at the beginning was immature and should have been taken care of in the editing process.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    When I first read the idea of this and then saw it was available

    When I first read the idea of this and then saw it was available on Edelweiss, I knew I had to give it a try. This one has been getting a lot of mixed reviews, but I actually enjoyed it. I don't think I would re-read it, but if there is a sequel, I think I'd look into it. I loved the idea behind the Registry even if it did remind me of a mix of other dystopian books, "Matched, Delirium, Hunger Games..."

    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.*

    6 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Not so great

    The story idea was good, the actual writing of the book was not so good. I always knew what was coming.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Surprisingly good

    This was a free Friday book so i wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised and how much i enjoyed reading. Very good read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Amonymous

    A look at fictional futuristic America. A must read. I read this whenever I had free-time! :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    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.

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Awesome

    I could not put this book down. It was exciting, tension filled and well written. I can't wait to read the others in this series. The story is so great, you can almost see it happening. Scary thought.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    V

    The concept sounded interesting but the writing was poor and child-like.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    4+

    Good read. Thought provoking. P J K

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Excellent story jmm44

    Fast paced & full of action! You will have a hard time putting it down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Not really...

    I finished this in an day. It was very fast paced and very action oriented. I tend to like slower paced books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Like a comic book ....

    I can't say the book was bad, exactly - the premise was interesting and although it was too much like The Handmaid's Tale, Mia has her own voice and the other characters were memorable. But the writing is so simplistic, and not in a good way - it made Twilight look like Shakespeare. (Actually, I enjoyed Twilight more.) I read this book in two hours, and I am really glad it was free. Now, to go back to Clary and Jace, or maybe read Hunger Games ir Divergent again ....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Adding this to offset poor rating to people leaving one star rat

    Adding this to offset poor rating to people leaving one star ratings against a reviewer rather than the book. I have not read the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Adding review to offset ...Plot Spoilers bad rating, rate the bo

    Adding review to offset ...Plot Spoilers bad rating, rate the book not the reviewers

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    In a world that has changed, The Registry is what keep the world

    In a world that has changed, The Registry is what keep the world going. Boys have to learn to be soldiers and girls since there is so few of them are ranked and sold to the highest bidders for marriage. It is the way things are and Mia Morrissey is so excited to see what she rates and who she will be sold to. It is what she has lived her whole life for. Her older sister arrives home and tells her of the horror that await her causing Mia to rethink what she wants. She is sold to a very powerful man and decides she will run away with the help of her friend Whitney. The girls trick Andrew into taking them on the run. They want to get to Mexico were they hear thongs will be different for them. They have to out run Mia's husband to be and all the bounty hunters he hired to go after her. They are all in danger and don't know what to expect even if they make it to Mexico.




    I really couldn't get into liking Mia much. She seems like what she is a lot of the time a spoiled girl used to getting her own way no matter what happens to those around her. She is beautiful and of course everyone wants her. She doesn't see what is right in front of her a lot of time because of her own selfish reasons. Whitney is actual the one I connected with more. She is a poor girl but isn't blind to what is going on around her. Andrew at first may seem rude but he has a goal in his life and Mia messes up everything he had planned to do. He wanted a normal life or what is called normal in these times. He saves the girls numerous times and is one who tries his best to hide his feelings. He is strong and smart.




    I love dystopian books and this one just kinda fell in the middle for me. I liked the idea of the story and it is very well written. The author does a wonderful job in the place setting and with the action scenes. You really get into those. There is the evil guy to hate Grant but I also didn't care for Mia's dad and mom they are only after their own gain. I think I would have liked the story better if Mia had been different but it is just the way she is brought up. All the characters are really well written it's just I didn't feel that connection to her. It is still a good book despite me not liking Mia. It has twist and turns and you never really know what to expect.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

    Never again

    I have been reader my entire life. I love to reread old favorites. It's like visiting with friends. But I would never read this one again. Truthfully, I am sorry I read it the first time.

    I won't bore anyone with details, but there is plenty of bone and no meat. Unless you count the pyschopath husband, and he was just plain laughable.

    Enough breath and thought wasted.

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