The Registration

CamCat. Sept. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780744307023. $25.99. SF
DEBUT Fights over abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty led to a civil war, which left the country in tatters, until the Registration funneled the anger. Citizens are allowed to register one person in their lifetime and get 14 days to kill them with no repercussions. Most people use their Registration to end the suffering of a loved one or enact justice when the law fails them. While standing in line to register the stepfather who abused her, Lynell Mize overhears her own name being registered. What reason would this stranger have for registering her, and why does it seem like everyone in her life knows more about what’s going on than she does, including her ex-husband? As she gets closer to the answer, Lynell learns that the Registration she has put so much faith in may not be the perfect solution she thought it was. In fact, nothing is as simple as she has believed.
VERDICT Lawson delivers a compelling dystopian near-future tale with plenty of meaty subject matter and slightly inconsistent pacing. For readers who enjoy their sci-fi with a side of moral quandary.
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