Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Published by: William Morrow
Source: Digital ARC, Edelweiss
How far would you go to control your own destiny?
Mia Morrissey has escaped: from America, from the Registry, from the role she was raised to play—a perfect bride auctioned to the highest bidder. She's enemy number one to the world's largest power, and there's no turning back now.
From the moment she and her friends Andrew and Carter cross the border into Mexico, it's clear their troubles are only beginning. Mexico may have laws to protect runaway brides, but as U.S. Army deserters, Andrew and Carter face deportation or worse. The young men are immediately picked up by a violent and omnipotent militia—the Collection—and it's Mia's turn to rescue them.
With time running out, her ex-fiancé's henchman on her trail, and a dangerous tide shifting back in America, Mia will do whatever she has to. Even if that means risking everything and putting herself back on an auction block. The price of freedom is never too high . . . but what if the cost is her life?
I really enjoyed Stoker's debut in the Registry series. The main character had many flaws, but she grew on me as the story progressed. She was on the run, constantly being chased, and the threat of danger was always looming over her head. It wasn't by any means the best dystopian novel I've read, but it was interesting and held my attention. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for The Collection.
The story immediately picks up from where The Registry left off and from the very beginning Mia is separated from Andrew and Carter. Andrew has been taken hostage and forced to join the militia in Mexico. Mia was taken in by a woman who is working to find her missing husband who is rumored to be in the same place as Mia's friends. The point of views frequently alternate between these two.
The process of Mia conditioning herself so that she could be prepared to rescue her friends was incredibly boring. Andrew's time spent with the militia was slightly more entertaining. Even Grant, whose evil and cunning I found entertaining in the debut, just didn't do it for me this time around.
I just couldn't get into this storyline or where it was headed and eventually decided to add this to the DNF pile. If you haven't read The Registry, I would suggest giving it a try. It has a lot of mixed reviews, but I thought it was a good debut. You may even enjoy The Collection more than I did =)