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Length: 339 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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“Beautifully written…a chilling and shocking look at a futuristic America that will stay with you long after you close the book.” (Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Wait for You)

About 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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  • File Size: 1256 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9V6NV0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shannon Stoker is a licensed attorney who works for Northern Illinois University, training more than 30,000 students and staff in the finer points of ethical research. As a volunteer for the award-winning Gail Borden Public Library, the third largest library in Illinois, Shannon works with readers of all ages and helps run the Kids Fun Fair. A happy newlywed, Shannon was a featured bride on the reality TV show Four Weddings. The Registry is her first novel. Shannon now lives in DeKalb, Illinois, with her husband and small dog.

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Format: Paperback
Well, I had high hopes for The Registry, as I'm always on the lookout for another good YA dystopian with a strong heroine who rebels against the system, but I was disappointed. This book has some pretty big issues that kept me from enjoying the story.

The Registry features another dystopian American future where women have been oppressed again, along the lines of similar books like Eve and Article 5. Here's the thing that bothers me with these types of stories: none of them tell me how society got to be so warped that tough, independent, intelligent American women allow themselves to be subjugated, owned, and distributed as if the women's liberation movement never happened. In this story the main character actually wants to know how the country came to be the way it is and her companion tells her, "The origin doesn't matter." It is what it is and it's what we have to live with. Then later on, she asks a new companion only to be told, "Something happened. I don't know what." Then at the end someone finally claims to know what happened, but the explanation is rudimentary, lacking any supporting details, and doesn't connect any dots. I'm sorry, but if you can't tell me how we got that way, I can't believe that we would allow it to happen. And if I can't believe it could happen, I can't lose myself in the story.

The other overarching problem is the writing. It lacks any sense of style or sophistication. Every little thing is spelled out for the reader; everything is told; everything is obvious; there's nothing to read between the lines, nothing to wonder over and discover. The characters are juvenile and uninspiring. Dialogue and inner thoughts are blunt and stilted. The Registry could have been a pretty intense story, but to me it reads more like a draft version.
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In the future, men outnumber women, and so when a woman turns 18, they go on The Reigstry. Men can view their profiles, and make a bid for their hand in marriage. Top bidder gets the woman. Mia Morrissey has been groomed from birth to be the perfect bride: pretty, graceful, and obedient. But when her older sister unexpectedly comes home, trying to escape her husband, Mia's perfect world is shaken. Now, instead of marrying a rich man, Mia wants to escape to Mexico, and she can't do it alone.
The premise of the book had me really wanting to like it. I like dystopian fiction, and this seemed to be right up my alley. Turns out the book didn't live up to the idea. Like, at all. And that disappointed me.
The biggest disappointment to me were the characters. They're all cartoons, or they have a personality switch. Mia starts the book pretty and dumb, waiting to get married. Then once she decides she doesn't want to follow the system, she attempts to be clever. She does everything wrong at dinner the first night she's meeting a potential suitor, expecting it to put him off her. Doesn't work. Within 50 pages of the novel starting (of a 300 page novel) she's run away, roping a smarter friend into coming along. She has no plan, but suddenly she has these insights and thoughts that a silly girl who solve basic math problems shouldn’t have. She's more confident, she knows what she wants. It all comes out of nowhere.
Whitney is Mia's best friend, and we get a lot of informed attributes about her. Her father wanted her to know things, so she could survive in case she didn't get a husband, so she learned a lof things. However, we never see any of her knowledge. Once they run away, Whitney becomes a whiny, cranky, shallow idiot.
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If the author had spent as much time on world building and character development as she did on describing the various outfits, it would have been a decent read. As it is, the characters felt flimsy and I knew more about the clothes than I did about the plot. I do not plan on reading the sequel.
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By sydney on September 30, 2013
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I didn't like this story at all. I didn't connect with the characters and, in fact, could barely stand them. I couldn't have cared less what happened to any of these people. I didn't like the world or the back story. The main character was annoying and whiney.
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By K Foster on January 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
I just tried to read this and couldn't force myself past a dozen pages.
Reminded me of something I tried to write in elementary school.
I agree with Jenny Q, she said it well , describing what is wrong with the writing style.
I will condense it to one word; horrible.
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This book's main issue is its characters. It did not matter what kind of situation these people were thrown into, they were like robots. I might have been able to tolerate the lack of emotion if it wasn't paired with complete stupidity. Bad decision after bad decision, Mia in particular lacks the ability to think her way through any situation. You could argue this is due to her lack of education, but there are some things that happen in this book that are just too obvious to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Aside from the horrible characters, there are entirely too many cliches in this book. The dialogue, the villains, and the plot are all so stereotypical and fake it makes it very hard to lose yourself in the story and believe any of it.

I wish I had more to say about this, or at least something positive, but it really was just not very good. If you are looking for a YA dystopian novel dealing with women's rights, look at Wither by Lauren DeStefano. It is mostly the same idea as The Registry, but the characters are much better and the plot offers additional details and side plots which make the overall book significantly more interesting.
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