March 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Registry and Not a Drop to Drink

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!

My WoW picks this week are:

The Registry by Shannon Stoker

Goodreads' description:

"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 married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

This one sounds like it's a dystopian New Adult read! NA books are often straight-up contemporary romance so it's refreshing to see one in the dystopian genre. Hoping The Registry is a good mix of action/adventure and thought-provoking exploration of themes like slavery and feminism.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Goodreads' description:

"Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

I guess the theme of my WoWs this week is dystopian premises, LOL. But this one sounds more on the post-apocalyptic side of things. I love the significance placed on water (we already know in this day and age what an important commodity water is!), and it seems to me that Lynn's role as guardian of this pond almost has a slightly mythological feel to it. Really interested to see how this one plays out! Plus, that is a pretty striking cover — the light/dark contrast is employed really well.

What books are you waiting for?

1 comment:

  1. Registry sounds really interesting -- I first heard of it when I was browsing on Edelweiss and on a whim I requested it and got approved. I hope it's good!


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