BOOK REVIEW - The Registration by Madison Lawson
Book Title: The Registration (a Novel) by Madison Lawson
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 320 pages
Publisher: CamCat Books
Release date: September 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. There is violence, including a torture scene, and some language, as well as mention of domestic violence, abuse, murder, and abortions.
I’m not going to lie, the premise of this one had me hooked! Imagine it’s legal to commit one murder in your lifetime if you register the victim and accomplish the kill within fourteen days. When Lynell Mize stands in line to Register the man who abused her as a child, she’s shocked to hear a stranger Register her to be killed. With her mind blown, Lynell wants to know who wants to kill her and why. Desperate to survive the next two weeks, she finds out multiple people have Registered her.
The book is interesting. Set in the US and a dystopia future in which the justice system has changed and replaced with ‘The Registration” which citizens are allowed to register one person to legally kill without ramifications.
The book is captivating, powerful, and full of suspense. As Lynell goes on the run, she’s captured by people who think she has the information they need. They’ll use torture if necessary. Coincidentally her ex-husband enters to save the day but leaves Lynell wondering who she can trust.
The book is also well written, full of adventure, and realistic. I could see this type of future happening. Maybe not in the US but somewhere. I highly recommend this book; it’ll keep you engaged from start to finish while wanting more!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
You can’t outrun the Registration.
Imagine it’s legal to commit one murder in your lifetime⎯if you Register the victim and accomplish the kill within fourteen days. So when Lynell Mize stands in line to Register the man who abused her as a child, she’s shocked to hear a stranger Register her to be killed. Why would anyone who doesn't know her squander his one legal murder on her? Desperate to survive the next two weeks, she must find out who wants to kill her⎯and why.
Easier said than done as Lynell soon discovers that multiple strangers have used their Registration on her. Along the way, she reunites with her estranged husband who is determined to dig up a past Lynell prefers to keep buried. With only days left to live, Lynell fights to uncover the truth and survive a destiny not of her choosing.
Author Madison Lawson writes speculative fiction novels full of suspense, social commentary, and complex relationships. She has published a dozen short stories, many of which won awards such as the Koresh Award and the Gordone Award. She received her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University and is currently earning her M.A. in English at North Carolina State University. Born and raised in a small Texas town, Madison began escaping through reading and writing as soon as she could.
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