Published By: St. Martin’s Griffin
Year of Publication: 2010
Summary (from goodreads.com): Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.
Review: This has to be one of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year, if not in a long time. It was just so heartbreaking.
I first chose this book because I love hearing about other cultures. I find it so interesting to see how other people do things and see the world. Kyra, the main character, is a thirteen year old girl who lives in a polygamous community. I liked her right from the beginning. Although having lived there her whole life, she questions what she sees going on around her, from the book burnings to men having more than one wife. I found Kyra to be very smart and brave. She’s willing to stand up for what she wants.
Every week she meets Patrick, the guy who drives the Mobile Library by her community. She picks a book, hides it in her dress, and takes it home to read. I loved hearing about the books Patrick recommends (everything from Bridge to Terebithia to Harry Potter). It was also interesting to see how the world opened up before her eyes by reading newspapers and fiction.
Williams did a great job at creating the characters of the Prophet (the leader of their community) and Uncle Hyrum (the man who will be marrying Kyra as his seventh wife). They were definitely both creepy and cold hearted.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the ending is unbelievably heartbreaking. I was absolutely shocked when all was said and done, I never saw it coming. If you only read three books this year, this one has to be one.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.