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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 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.
I found the holy grail of dystopians: a stand-alone novel. And I wanted to like it, I really did. I made it all the way through, trying my very best to focus on the book's redeeming qualities. After all, the set-up is intensely interesting and particularly appealing to feminist critique. Women, literally priced by their beauty? Told to take tests to make sure they are not smart enough to pass? A patriarchal society where daughters literally belong to their fathers until marriage, and then belong to their husbands (enforced by a rather large number of agents)? I am all over deconstructing that.
Unfortunately, The Registry was just too poorly written to overlook. There was no build-up and release of tension. Instead, the book started off tense and never stopped (aside from breaks to describe what colour polos the characters were wearing). Everything felt incredibly rushed and unplanned; I felt physically and mentally exhausted while reading. I would love to see this novel better-executed.
Oh, and we all know how I feel about love triangles.
Until next time, happy reading!