The Registry - Shannon Stoker *Genre* New Adult? Young Adult? Dystopian, Twisted Evil 3 way Love triangle and Insta-love.*Rating* 2.0*Thoughts*The Registry is set 100 years into the future where the US government has decided that women should be considered cattle and baby makers and nothing more after creating a virus that nearly wiped out the entire population and left the country with more men than women. With no education allowed them, and no professional options, American females are helpless and unaware of their plight because information is the tool of the rebellious.When girls reach the age of 18, they have no choice but to enter the Registry where they are tested, and bid on for all the world to see. There is no conversations between the sexes unless the male pays a fee to court her as his wife. It doesn't matter that you are smart. If you are, you are considered less than desirable and your bids are extremely low. If you are like Mia Morrissey, the stories protagonist, you believe what your family tells you in that you are the most beautiful girl in all the land and you will be appraised in the 6 figure range.The Registry was an agonizing read for me to finish after an interesting start and I found myself not actually caring about what happened to any of the characters, especially not Mia. I understand that Mia has led a sheltered life being the youngest of 4 daughters. Because of her families greed and uncaring feelings towards their daughters, they really didn't care if any of them found themselves at the mercy of their husbands, or abused or killed which sets into motion Mia's desire to escape to Mexico which she knows absolutely nothing about except what her friend Whitney tells her. Mia's parents are the worse sort of loathsome and I was really hoping that the villain would have laid waste to them both instead of just blackmailing them into releasing Mia into his custody and therefore a state of immediate marriage existed. If you think being a female in this society is bad, if you are born male, you are immediately taken away from your family and later required to serve your country for 4 years minimum before being allowed to find your own wife. Basically, males aren't worth the dirt under their feet.This is a story filled with darkness and an villain named Grant Marsden who was all he could be and then some and who I found myself actually routing for at one point. Grant is the only character in the entire story who remained true to his calling and never wavered or changed his desire to make Mia his wife, or worse. Yes, he is sick and demented and goal driven and drives everyone around him into panic mode for fear that they will be the next person killed. The Registry is yet another novel that crosses into land of "Oh Hell No!" with a pitiful excuse for a 3 way love triangle and an Insta-love with a character that Mia barely knew but somehow managed to nearly sleep with because she couldn't find any reason whatsoever to be with the one person who gave up HIS FREEDOM for her so that she could escape to Mexico. Wow, that totally sounded like a soap opera. The Registry is also told in the POV of Andrew, and Grant Marsden. Andrew, for the most part, isn't a very likable character most of the time but he's better than the alternative that appears at the end of the book. He's under no obligation to help Mia yet he lays his life on the line in order to ensure that she makes it to Mexico. He is an emotionless character as well who you just know will finally reveal his true feelings for Mia at the most inopportune times.If you LOVE Cliffhangers, you get one at the end of The Registry. The debate of whether or not it would be worth my time and effort to read the sequel shall continue until 2014 when the next book is released. *Recvd via Edelweiss 02/22/2013* Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by William Morrow & Company