Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Registry” as Want to Read:
The Registry
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Registry (The Registry #1)

3.2  ·  Rating Details ·  1,690 Ratings  ·  296 Reviews
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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published May 28th 2013)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Registry, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Registry

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Khanh (the Grinch)
"'Please'---Corinna sounded so weak---'I can't go back there. He hurts me.'
'Well, give him a daughter and then he won't anymore."
Since a very young age, I was weaned on a mixture of fantasy, fairy tales, and history. In my native country, a well-known tale based on actual history concerns two sisters who rebel against their upbringing and fought against the Chinese for freedom against imperial rule. I was raised on these tales. I grew up reading about girls who just want more than what socie
Mar 27, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
THE REGISTRY piqued my attention for a number of reasons, mostly because it’s being published by William Morrow – an adult imprint of Harper Collins that also has gotten into the New Adult Market – and because it seemed like the perfect blend of THE HANDMAID’S TALE, MATCHED without the focus on romance, and even some of WITHER when it comes to male-dominated society. I thought that there would be something more adult about it, or at least something to set it aside from the young adult fiction en ...more
This is probably one of the few books I'm not going to meditate over my rating for the book because I have a general idea of what I'm going to say about it, and it's brief. "Heart-stopping" my foot - "The Registry" was not worth the time taken to read. It was a juvenile novel - had flat characterizations, misrepresented histories that had no sensible or palpable context, misogynistic and racist portrayals, formulaic instalove and a pointless love triangle debate, long stretches of boring narrati ...more
Jennifer Armentrout
Wow. Haunting. Beautifully written, chilling and yet still so full of hope. Loved this. Meep!
*Genre* New Adult? Young Adult? Dystopian, Twisted Evil 3 way Love triangle and Insta-love.
*Rating* 2.0


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
Feb 22, 2013 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 17, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a weird case of a book I really enjoyed, despite the fact it contradicts everything I usually look for in a book. It's the skill of the author and the subject of the book that win me over.

I love The Registry for what it represents. I'm have to admit that I'm not usually a fan of what I think is such a blatantly political statement.

However, this book is timely. Given the Tea Party's existence in the US and the subjugation of women in many societies around the globe, this is an incredibly
Aug 01, 2013 Vonia rated it did not like it
The concept for this dystopian world has a lot of potential, has merit, and could be deemed ingenious. Unfortunately, Stoker writes like a middle school student. A not so creative middle school student. In other words, The Hunger Games, but in the style of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

One hundred years from now, this country has become a land bearing almost no resemblance to how it is today. It has reverted back to the early 1900s. Following what Stoker calls "The Great War", women are now being sold a
Aug 06, 2013 Rachael rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-books, arcs
ARC received at ALA.

Things wrong with the book in a nutshell:
-Main character is raised to not have intelligence. Example: She has to take a standardized test that figures into her marriage value and she can't figure out 20% of $8 (or something like that). But a few pages later when she reveals something to Andrew she can "see the synapses firing in his brain." Yea...if you've been raised to be an ignorant person with no education in science, math, or anything "not womanly" you have never heard
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
THE REGISTRY is a very complicated book, which, while very good in some aspects, fell just sort of the mark in others. There's no disputing that the world presented by Stoker is a very interesting, and frightening, one. As many have done before her, Stoker took a very heated subject - sexism pertaining to women - and amplified the situation.

The world of THE REGISTRY is frightening with the blatant brainwashing that affects every character, no matter how strong and open-minded they are. Even our
Apr 09, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well now...this book is right up there as one of the best of the year, so far for me. We are only in April and I am putting that out there. Yes, this is a must read. Completely different, fast, and like nothing I have ever read before.

Here is my description of this book. It starts out like this.. Mia is beyond beautiful and about to turn 18, something she has been looking forward to her whole life (contrary to what the synopsis above says). She has heard that her auction price is higher than any
Sandra "Jeanz"
Mar 25, 2013 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this e-arc from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
I'll start with the cover, it's a close up of, who I presume is Mia. I do like the cover, though my pet hate of someone quote on the cover is here again. I think review quotes, no matter who they are by should be on the inside or back of the cover or perhaps on a page at the start or end of the book. Personally these types of quote really do not influence me so much that I would buy a book just on the strength of them
Feb 20, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick one day read for me! Started off a bit similar to many dystopians. Has an entry at the beginning of every chapter from The Registry Guide for Girls or The Boy's Guide To Service depending on the POV which gave it a kind of Delirium feel. World building was good. Boys are sent off as soon as they are born to orphanages, then at 13 they work till 19 when they must serve a mandatory 4 years in the military. Then they can purchase a wife from The Registry. Women are just sold off and their pur ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Morris rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reviews
I am being somewhat generous with the three stars, but do hold out some hope for the series. The idea is a good one, with there being handbooks and guides to marriage and military service that are controlled by the government. Women are bought, and while men ultimately end up in control, as boys they are all but abandoned due to not having a monetary value to their fathers.

The world is interesting, but there is a problem with how it is presented. The problem being that we have very little explan
Mar 31, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting new voice in YA debuts with this compelling first novel set in a dystopian future where girls are raised to be obedient brides and boys serve as American soldiers before purchasing their brides. Engaging characters and fast-paced plotting will make this compelling story the next must-read crossover novel.
Mar 14, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the plot! Will be recommending this to all my friends.
Julie robbins
Mar 13, 2013 Julie robbins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book by a new author!
Ashley Williams
Feb 26, 2013 Ashley Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will review closer to publication date...
Feb 22, 2013 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
This is marketed as an adult book, but it is totally YA.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Very unique dystopian that had some major flaws, but overall was a good read.

Opening Sentence: Pretty. Beautiful. Stunning.

The Review:

Mia Morrissey is a beautiful young women that can’t wait for the day when she will be married to the man of her dreams. Mia lives in a society where girls are born and raised to be good wives. When they turn eighteen they are tested and given a ranking depending on how beautiful and smart they are. Once they h
Sep 09, 2014 Milena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Докато четях „Регистърът“ от Шанън Стокър (изд. „Екслибрис“), си мислех разни неща за книгите и реших, че докато пиша ревю, е най-добрият момент да ги систематизирам. Истинското ревю ще започне след едно кратко (нелирично) отклонение.
Пазарът на young adult литература (или книги за млади читатели, както предпочитам да ги наричaм), е един от най-бързо развиващите се в иначе „трудния“ книжен пазар в България. В световно отношение също е непредвидим – през април самопубликуващата се Лорелин Пейдж де
Fangs for the Fantasy
The Registry is set in a dystopian America. The internet is filled with American propaganda. The boys are largely thrown out by their parents and forced to fend on their own. Girls are raised by their parents and are little more than commodities. On their 18th birthday, girls are placed on something called the registry and they are sold to the highest bidder. Boys and girls are raised to believe that this system is for their own benefit and will lead to the best versions of themselves. Girls in ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I couldn't stop reading the Registry while Mia is rising above the oppression of women, and her travelign companion Andrew is making the of himself where boys are forced into military service, and love isn't a factor in marriage.
The Registry started with a bang and automatically got me on Mia's side as well as her sister Corrina's side. I was wondering what her sister could tell her that would break her away from a promising (in this world's context) future, and it was def a good reason.
I r
Shannon Stoker
May 15, 2014 Shannon Stoker rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, so I'm probably a LOT biased :)
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars!

Do you ever have those reads that while it isn't perfect with either discrepancies, unbelievability or the simple fact that some of it just doesn’t seem 'right” you still can't help but love it because the author's writing manages to suck you into the story and you find yourself eagerly turning the pages to see what happens next? And somehow, because the writing draws you in so much, the little things just stop mattering after awhile and you are
Tara Chevrestt
First of all, major thumbs up for uniqueness. I've never read anything like this and I've read a lot of books. It's American in the future...I mean, seriously, imagine for a moment women continue this current downward spiral of yielding to men, of being submissives, and worrying about only their dang appearance...

The government has taken over. American is great, the rest of the world is wrong. Women are to be raised, appraised, and sold. Dumb, beautiful women are desired. Submissive women who do
Paula  Phillips
Aug 09, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
In a world where girls are sold to the highest bidder once they are of age and sons are deemed useless and are sent to do a service to their country. Love is a monetry value and women have been taught to obey. For Mia Morrissey, she had believed that this was the right thing to do until she was faced with the hard truth when her older sister Corrine run home to expose to Mia the awful truth behind what the girls are put through with their chosen partners. When tragedy strikes close to Mia's hea ...more
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Jun 28, 2013 Beth (YA Books Central) rated it really liked it
Another great book about a Post World War 3/Dystopian America! A world where young parents have to hand over their sons to the government and raise their daughters to be sold to the highest bidder at age 18.

I could not image wanting to have children in the world that is portrayed in this book. This amazing story gives the reader a glimpse into the life of Mia, a beautiful 18 year girl that is the youngest of 4 daughters. Mia has been raised to believe the registry is wonderful! She has watched

One of the most poorly-written and poorly plotted things I've ever read. I just can't even begin to describe how lackluster this was. I also don't understand why this was being marketed as "new adult" when it would be better suited as a young adult title; there was nothing about it, content- or maturity-wise, that would push it into the New Adult category versus YA.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Madison Mega-Mara...: #34 The Registry by Shannon Stoker 1 2 Feb 01, 2015 04:16AM  
  • Flesh Code: Vol. I
  • Jordan's Brains: A Zombie Evolution
  • The Fridgularity
  • Aberrant (Aberrant, #1)
  • Sins of the Father
  • No Angel
  • Renhala (Renhala, #1)
  • Wisteria (Wisteria, #1)
  • Gettysburg: The Graphic History of America's Most Famous Battle and the Turning Point of The Civil War
  • The Road to Hell is Paved With Zombies (Zombie Fighter Jango, #1)
  • Wanderers (Wasteland, #2)
  • The Uprising (The Forsaken, #2)
  • Contaminated (Contaminated, #1)
  • After The Virus
  • An Empty Land of Plenty
  • Imaginable (Intangible, #2)
  • Entangled (Entangled, #1)
  • Vigilante (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2.5)
Shannon Stoker lives in DeKalb, IL. She received her undergraduate and law degree from Northern Illinois University where she now works as the Research Integrity Coordinator. It's not a stretch to say she's a die hard Huskie fan!

When she's not working or writing Shannon spends the majority of her time playing with her terrier mix Nucky or her husband.

She loves watching horror movies, including th
More about Shannon Stoker...

Other Books in the Series

The Registry (3 books)
  • The Collection (The Registry, #2)
  • The Alliance (The Registry #3)

Share This Book