13 08, 2015

5 TO 1 by Holly Bodger

By | Thursday, August 13, 2015|6 Comments

5 TO 1 by Holly Bodger5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 12th 2015
Pages: 224
Genres: Young Adult, Girls & Women, Family, General, People & Places, Asia
Hardcover provided by The Library

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.

This was a delightful, albeit quick, read. 5 to 1 was a dystopian tale about a place so unbalanced there are five boys for every one girl. Told in a really unique voice and writing style I devoured this book. It is the year 2054 we are a generation past a time when […]

27 10, 2014

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

By | Monday, October 27, 2014|8 Comments

The Walled City by Ryan GraudinThe Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on November 4th 2014
Pages: 448
Genres: Action & Adventure, Asia, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Family, General, Love & Romance, People & Places, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult
eARC

There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run. Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there traffic drugs or work in brothels--or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.

The Walled City was an interesting read, at first. It lost my interest to the point were I couldn’t finish it. I got to about the 70% point in my kindle and I could not force myself to continue. The premise of the books looked so good. It is labeled as YA dystopia […]

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