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Unregistered (Volume 1) Paperback – September 11, 2017
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People are allowed to live to exactly 75 years old. They get married at 25 years old, after having their spouse chosen for them. Their jobs are chosen for them. The food they're allowed to eat is chosen for them.
AND more and more jobs and functions are being handled by technology.
Oh, and guess what? If you have more than the one allotted child, the "extra" child is Unregistered - not assigned a Tier level, given the jobs no one else wants, not allowed to marry.
Bristol is Unregistered. He works doing scut work in a restaurant kitchen when he really wants to be an artist, a desire he fulfills by painting controversial graffiti around the town he lives in.
This dystopian world created by author Lynch is a darn scary place because it sounds possible. Far out there but possible.
In-depth world building, engaging characters and some thought-provoking concepts are brought forward in this first book in a new series. AND it didn't end at a terrible cliffhanger. Big plus.
I received this book from City Owl Press through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
Now, imagine Bristol…a non-entity in this ‘perfect’ world. Bristol is a person without an identity; an “unregistered”, meaning that his birth was illegal so he must live completely outside the prescribed social order. However, Bristol has a talent for art and his graphiti art inspires secret admirers.
Now, enters Jude…a boy framed by the police for Bristol’s artwork and sent to prison. He is a boy who never loses faith despite the abuse. A boy the prison warden plans to kill to effect population control in the prison.
Then, then is Samara, Jude’s prison teacher who sees his abuse and the fallacies of her boss, the warden. Samara, inspired by Bristol’s art begins to question society and her place within it.
Denver, Bristol’s sister, never considers disobedience and is fearful Bristol will be caught and executed. She is assigned to a loveless marriage; a marriage with a fateful twist.
This handful of characters come together in an unexpected way that rocks their world, shows them there is more than they’ve been told and gives them hope for the future.
The Unregistered is much more than I hoped for when I began reading it. I found myself engrossed and really emphatic to the characters. This is a fascinating read with potentially serious social implications and a couple of major twists that keeps readers guessing. It should be enjoyed by those who enjoy dystopia and anyone who is into reading about strange overbearing social systems.
This book was surprisingly good. There is a bit of Christianity in it, but it doesn't beat you over the head with it. The world-building could be improved upon, but overall it was a decent Dystopian. Of course there is a sequel soon. I will be looking forward to reading it.