The Alliance: A Registry Novel

The Alliance Book Cover The Alliance
The Registry, Book 3
Shannon Stoker
Fiction
William Morrow Paperbacks
2014-09-02
448

In this deadly endgame, the final move is hers . . . In America, the Registry weds girls to the highest bidder and raises boys for its army. Mia Morrissey escaped to make her life her own, and now that she has, she will risk everything so that everyone can be free. Going undercover as part of a diplomatic mission, Mia returns to America. But life there is more dangerous than ever as the walls grow taller, and the forgotten country faces its most ruthless leader yet, Grant Marsden . . . a shadow from Mia's past. With the help of Andrew, Carter, and other members of the subversive group Affinity, she embarks on a perilous journey to defeat Grant, bring down the government, and destroy the Registry once and for all. But when a terrible betrayal exposes the operation, Mia discovers that her enemies have used her—and so have her friends. Alone and frightened, she's uncertain of whom to trust—or whether the mission is worth the sacrifice. With the fate of her friends and the future of her country on the line, Mia knows that her next step may be the last for her . . . and America.

 

Review:

I admit that I was a little reticent to continue “The Registry” series, by Shannon Stoker, but the premise was promising enough to get me to give “The Alliance” a try, and I’m glad a did.

While the writing still lacks some polish and over-use of certain words (said being an example), the author showed a great deal of growth in how she handles character interaction and personal thoughts.  The backstories sprinkled throughout made the characters feel less like caricatures and more like humans.  I genuinely began to care about most of them, even the less than likable ones from the previous “Registry” novels.

I loved the beginning of each chapter including the history of how the society came to be using accounts from diaries of the period.  It provided answers to questions that had been nagging me from the beginning, and the explanations made perfect sense in the context of the story.  The ending was also plausible and satisfying.

I’m very impressed with Stoker’s growth and look forward to seeing what else she publishes.

 

Content Warning:

Language, Violence, Sexual Situations

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