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.
Mia Morrissey believed that her greatest achievement in life would be a top ranking in the Registry of marriage-eligible 18-year-old girls: "Since she'd been old enough to understand her duty and her role, Mia knew she would marry a very wealthy man." Her illusions collapse when her sister, Corinna, flees an abusive husband and mysteriously dies shortly afterward. Mia discovers that the Registry is an oppressive system where women are commodities, created in the wake of a wartime disaster. Just before her wedding to arms dealer and likely psychopath Grant Marsden, Mia runs for Mexico, aided by her friend Whitney and unwillingly by her father's farmhand Andrew. In this poorly-written, clich d attempt to emulate popular tropes of dystopian fiction, it's difficult to care whether Mia and her friends will make it to Mexico before Grant catches them, thanks to Stoker's leaden prose, flimsy characters, sketchy world-building, and heavy-handed attempts at sociopolitical commentary.
Looking forward to the next one
I read a sample of this book and waited and waited for the book to finally be released. Now I've finished it, and I wish it wasn't over. It's difficult to find a new author you like with so many out there. This author is the real deal.
The word choices of the author and the cadence of this book made me wonder if English is her second language, There were no surprises in this book, you will see every plot twist coming a mile away,