Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: The Registry

Source: TLC Book Tours

The Registry by Shannon Stoker
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Pages: 321 (paperback)
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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 Rating:

My Review:
The Registry features a future that America has moved backwards and women are oppressed.  They are groomed to marry and have no decisions about their lives and their futures.  Women are scored based on their cooking skills and rewarded for lacking intelligence.  These scores decide the price that these women are auctioned for.  In this world, men earn the right to buy women after serving their time in the military.  Mia discovers banned information and becomes determined to escape her fate as a wife.  She knows she can't accomplish this feat alone, but hopes her best-friend Whitney and her partnership with a young man named Andrew will help her accomplish her goals.

This premise had potential but it really didn't hit the spot for me.  There were some real thoughtful moments that I enjoyed and a few sections that had me sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what would come next.  But ultimately this story needs to be fleshed out more.  More/better descriptions could help bring this story to life.  The author settles for telling the reader everything rather than allowing the reader to come to her own conclusions, analyze characters, or consider the themes.  Everything felt very simple, including the writing.  The story was very straight forward from beginning to the end without anything to set it apart.  The characters felt flat and predictable.  There is no depth or complexity and the writing seemed to need more style.    It didn't feel like a smooth read.  It's sad because the potential is here.  If this were a draft, it would be great.  But it isn't.  There are holes in the plot and characterization that's hard to ignore.

Overall, the writing failed to draw me into this story.

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  1. Wow, two MEH's in a row! That's not good.

  2. I felt pretty much the same way when I read the book.
    There was very little development and it was never explained why things happened, no one knew how this whole thing started (one of the few things I liked was that Mia kept asking different people about it, but still no one knew) or why only in the US.

    Like you said, it had it's moments but over all it wasn't good.

    1. Something just felt off. I felt very distant from the story and I think the writing just failed to include those details that make the reader feel like they are right there with the characters.

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.

  4. The book has good idea but sadly it didn't live up to it. But thanks for your thoughts!

  5. Oh sounds like this one suffers from a lack of world building and character development. Too bad it didn't live up to its potential.

  6. I didn't care for the story either.


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