Unregistered, Book 1

Living the ideal life is a human right, unless you’re unregistered.
Living under the watchful eye of the Metrics Worldwide Government has its perks. Citizens are assigned a life, so they don’t worry about finding schools, jobs, or spouses for themselves. They’re even allowed to have one child, enabling them to focus on raising an ideal son or daughter and experience an optimally satisfying family life.

The only people left out are the unlucky accidental second children, called the unregistered. For 20-year-old Bristol, this is the only life he knows. But he can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong with his world, and spends his nights painting controversial murals in low-profile parts of town.

Metrics doesn’t like the murals, or the frustrations of the unregistered citizens they represent.

They enact their long-debated unregistered solution: publicly, they announce the relocation of all unregistered citizens to far-off desert states. But when Bristol and his friends discover the dark truth behind the plan, they must work together to escape the clutches of their motherland, and survive long enough to discover an unknown world.







"In debut author Lynch’s exceptional near-future totalitarian nightmare of obedience and forced sterilization, all major individual decisions are removed. Four central characters in an unnamed city resent their repressive lives...Their lives intertwine in Lynch’s scant but complex book, which packs in scathing commentaries on police brutality, crime prevention, population control, classism, and state-sponsored murder."

"Where many novels are quick to establish the negative aspects of totalitarianism, much of the Metrics government’s laws appear logical at first, even beneficial. Instead of broadcasting secret societies and mass uprising as the only hope for an oppressed people, Unregistered focuses on a more personal quest to aid a child convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. The elements of public resistance in M. Lynch’s novel are quieter and less certain and this approach presents the reader with plenty of grey areas to ponder as the story unfolds. The characters are well rounded and possessed of a maturity that makes them so much more interesting than the gung-ho vigilantes that normally take centre stage in YA. Unregistered is one of the more innovative and gratifying novels to enter the dystopian genre."