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Coming Soon: 5 TO 1 by Holly Bodger

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger will be out in May, and it sounds amazing. Also, get a load of that cover!

Here’s the synopsis (large cover follows):

Part Homeless Bird and part Matched, this is a dark look at the near future told through the alternating perspectives of two teens who dare to challenge the system.

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.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0385391536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345533487


About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

1 Comment on Coming Soon: 5 TO 1 by Holly Bodger

  1. I’d buy that based just on the cover art.

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