5 to 1

By: Holly badger
Location: FIC BAD
Genre: Indian  Feminism Dystopia

This is an amazing amazing cover!! Thats two amazings!

I am going to India in three weeks- India = curry and vehicular carnage and horns and masses of people and colour and fabrics and street food and auto's and markets and dahl and chai and stuff that makes all your senses all go at once- hard out!

“Nani’s allegiance is to her anger
runs deeper than blood and skin.
It’s set in bone
and bone, once broken,
heals the same.”

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 doesn’t want to be a wife, and Contestant Five, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Five’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Five thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

Told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Contestant Five’s in prose—allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

“A man is measured
not by the answers he finds
but the questions he asks.
Find an answer
and you stand still.
Stop asking questions
and you die.”


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