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 by the state to fight to their death.
Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. 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.
This was a very interesting book. I thought that the world-building was done incredibly well, everything felt real and as a dystopian book it had a unique feel as well. It wasn't one of the more gory dystopian books...or perhaps not as apocalyptic. This possibly future was more focused upon government and saving the human race from dying out. And that brings in the girls to be sold off as cattle basically :( Which is very sad and not very unlike human trafficking. But anyway, it was just the right amounts of horrid to see Mia's "husband" hunt her throughout the country as she tries to find her freedom. So even though it isn't very apocalyptic Mia is still on the run and it's still pretty exciting. And Mia has a nice fire in her personality. And it's always nice to see a proud and spoiled character brought down a few pegs by real life.
The romance was alright. I wasn't a huge fan of the last several chapters and I felt that they didn't seem to match the rest of the book as well. The first half I really enjoyed but then it started to go a little bit downhill from there. I did like the love interest and when a bit of a love triangle came up I was rooting for him but it still wasn't necessarily spectacular. I think that what really made me interested in the story and the book and what will bring me back to read the sequel was the world building. And the mystery of exactly 100% why the Registry was made and how Mia will be able to help others escape it. So all in all, it is a nice book and although there a few things I wasn't as crazy about the world building was really nice and...the book really makes you think to be honest. It really does.
If you like this type of genre mixed with some deeper thought (rather like The Hunger Games but with a lot less violence) and romance then I would recommend for you to check it out, I did enjoy reading it and I believe I read it in less than a day too! So I'm giving this book 3 and a half flowers :)
Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way. A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.