Daily Archives: February 15, 2015

[WTRO2] 5 To 1 by Holly Bodger

WTRO2 is short for Want To Read Or Own, a feature I host here on Reckless Indulgence, where I showcase a book that has captured my interest recently. If I can swing it and get myself a copy, the book will again be featured among an upcoming book haul post.

Annnnd, for books that are part of a series, see SIWTGI.


Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pub Date   May 12 2015
Genres     Fiction (Young Adult), Science Fiction, Dystopian,
Romance, Feminism, Cultural (India)
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In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa, though, doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Kiran’s in prose—allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

This easily sounds like a fantastic read, but I’ve been led astray before. I’ll keep a lookout for this title and hopefully I’ll get the chance to get my hands on it before the next century…