Reviewed by Christen Krumm
I have been hearing a lot about the new “New Adult Fiction” genre and I was slightly curious as to what it would entail. Shannon Stocker’s debut, The Registry, was my dive into New Adult Fiction. I am a lover of Young Adult Fiction and since this was just a tiny step up I figured I’d like it. My final assessment was that it was not that bad.
The Registry was super interesting—I am always fascinated with the worlds authors create for their dystopian novels. In this world, females are held in high regard—high regard only for the price they can bring in “the registry”. The registry is an online database of women where they are rated based on their beauty and smartness (however those smart women are rated painfully low with hardly any chance of ever getting chosen). From this database, men can choose a price range and purchase their brides. Mia Morrissey is looking forward to the day that she turns eighteen and is eligible for the registry until that fateful day when her sister storms through her door in a panic, badly beaten, and hints of Mia’s life to come—that it is not what she thinks.
Thus begins Mia’s dangerous journey to freedom. Leaving her home in a hurry and with hardly anything to her name, Mia, with the “help” of a farm hand and her best friend, starts the terrifying journey to Mexico with her with her new “husband” hot on her heels (and this game of cat and mouse will have you on the very edge of your seat).
This book sucked me in from the first page. Stoker’s easy writing and gripping story did not let me go. There were a few spots that were a little awkward, but that is simply personal preference. I love the world that Stoker created and I am excited to get to visit a second and third time. Of course it being the first in a trilogy you get to the end and realize it is the first and, if only for a few seconds, you panic because you are not going to get to finish the full story—and let me tell you, Stoker leaves you on a pretty dire note. Bravo for a debut well done. I am anxiously awaiting the release of book two (with is not until fall 2014!)
Christen is an aspiring author, book lover, and coffee drinker. She lives in Arkansas with her superhero husband and 2 mini people. Connect with her at her blog: ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @christenkrumm
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.