Waiting on Wednesday – Week 120

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It’s to spotlight upcoming books that I’m DYING to get my hands on!

This week’s WoW is:
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

In the year 2052, 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.

May 12, 2015 ● Goodreads

I’m excited for this book for SO many reasons. Firstly, in YA, there isn’t a lot of Indian culture presented. Being Indian, this is really sad, and so far the only one that comes to mind is City of a Thousand Dolls. YAY FOR DIVERSE YA! Secondly, that cover is gorgeous. Love the mehndi (or henna) design – it reminds me so much of weddings, which is probably why it’s well-suited for the cover of this book. Thirdly, we’ve studied about this in geography. Population growth and how newly industrialised countries such as India still have a preference for boys over girls despite the growing economy and changing ways of the country. It’ll be cool to see this depicted as a dystopian novel. And FINALLY– the narrative structure. Verse vs. prose – a cool concept that hasn’t been explored much. I’m intrigued now and desperate to get my hands on this book. Why is May so far away...

What are you waiting on?

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