Review of Shannon Stoker’s The Registry

The Registry – Shannon Stoker

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.

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January Reading Log

In January I managed 8 books and 2 short stories. Goodreads counts it as 10 books, because it doesn’t differentiate between short stories and actual books. This puts me ahead in my goal of 60 books this year. I don’t expect most of my other months this year to be as fruitful.

Glitches – Marissa Meyer
This is a prequel to Cinder, and since I read it before reading Cinder, I didn’t really get it. I knew a little of what Cinder was about, but not enough to quite understand what all was going on. Now that I’ve read more of the books, it makes more sense. It’s pretty much the events from when Cinder first goes to her new family, to an event that happens a few months after she’s there. It introduces Cinder, the family she lives with, and Iko, the robot that ends up becoming Cinder’s friend.

Cinder – Marissa Meyer
I’d seen this book on shelves for years, but I’d always passed it by. Then I saw many people online reading it, and so I decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I did, and honestly kind of glad I didn’t pick it up until this year. Cress, the third book, just came out, so I didn’t have to wait as long as many to get it.
Cinder’s an interesting character, and despite the fact she’s a cyborg, I could relate to her. She’s not a girly girl, or girly cyborg, but instead a mechanic by trade, without a lot of patience for girly things. She wants to restore an old car, or get a new foot, not get a lovely new dress for the ball, like her sisters Pearl and Peony. She meets the handsome Prince Kai, and while she’s not immune to his good looks, she’s also aware that he probably wouldn’t want to know her if he knew what she was. Ican kind of relate to that.
The only thing I really didn’t like about the book is that Cinder has a secret identity that she’s oblivious to. The reader however, is probably going to figure out what it is the first time it’s mentioned, because it’s a pretty transparent plot. Cinder, for all her memory banks and mechanical skills, is really obtuse, and it distracted me from the story.

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