Told in different perspective, I wasn’t expecting the outcome that I received in the end. This ending was original, refreshing and stunning, I truly enjoyed it. Sudasa’s viewpoint is told in verse and it was entertaining to see the author play with some of the words as she positioned them on the page. I enjoyed her attention to detail as she plucked words from the text and brought them to our attention, making this text engaging and amusing. Sudasa, along with many other seventeen year olds are choosing their husbands. Before the rings can be exchanged, there are tests which the males must pass before the females select them. Not a glamorous or romantic process, but it is the new laws of India. Sudasa knows her duty is to marry and bear a child, a female child. Inside though, she feels conflicted. On the stage with her is her cousin, a male. She knows what is expected of her, what her family expects. He is among the five contestants she is to choose from but Sudasa also knows her own feelings. Meet Contestant Five, his viewpoint is written in prose. Kiran knows his fate lies in the hands of Sudasa and as he performs the tests for her, he holds nothing back. There is something within Kiran that he holds dear to his heart, a comfort of sort that keeps him moving forward. His spirits remain high. I really couldn’t wait to see this novel ended, I was definitely all in. 4.5 stars
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House Children’s in exchange for an honest review.