Title: 5 to 1
Author: Holly Bodger
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Excerpt from Goodreads:
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.
I was given a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
This story is told from two point of views. Sudasa’s and Kiran. Sudasa’s story is told in verse while Kiran’s story is told in prose.
In a world where the gender of men to women is 5 to 1, young men must compete in a series of tests to win a wife. Those who do not win a wife are sent to work or commit suicide. Kiran is one of the five young men competing for Sudasa’s hand in marriage. Only Kiran does not want to be with Sudasa, he wants to be free. Kiran plans to flee to country after the Tests are over, but Sudasa’s has plans of her own.
This novel was a quick and interesting read. The alternating styles between the two points of views was a first for me. I have never read a novel that was told in verse and I throughly enjoyed it. This novel will definitely get you thinking about a dystopia in which women rule. Such a neat concept. The only issue I had with this novel was its open ending. I believe it was written to be that way, but I want more! The author would have plenty of leeway if she decided to write a sequel. All and all it was a quick and thought provoking read.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Meet the Author
A long-time resident of Ottawa, Canada, Holly has been working in publishing since she graduated with an English degree from the University of Ottawa.
She is represented by Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency, LLC. Her debut novel, 5 TO 1, will be coming out May 12, 2015 from Knopf (Penguin Random House). You can check her out on Goodreads or at her website!