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Preview — 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
5 to 1
But I didn't expect it to affect me this much.
When I was about to turn fifteen, I got up extra early so I could finish my chores and then listen to every minute of the tests. But after a few months, they all sounded the same. Different girl, different boys, but the rest: same same same. And still, the people here today have swarmed like flies to a rotting corpse. Someone should tell them they’re a bit early. The corpses come after the tes ...more
Why you should read 5 to 1
- It's a unique dystopian that touches up on feminism.
- Both the parts written in verse and in prose were absolutely gorgeous.
- You're going to love Sudasa and how she begins to realize what she wants for herself, and not what her family or what the government want for her.
- Kiran also strongly believes in what he thinks will be good for him, and I really adored that about him.
- DIVERSITY ALL THE WAY, Y'ALL!
I only had two minor gripes:
- We weren't immersed in Kiran's ...more
Faye : So, Aimee, when was the last time you read an original and ACTUALLY good dystopia? Have you ever come to that point?!
Confession time. I have never been a fan of poetry. But Sudasa's POV in verse impressed me big time. It wasn't abstract or philosophical as poems usually are. It had real plot. And whole "w ...more
When you're reading this book, you need to forget about every other book you've ever read. You need have no expectations of how a book should be because this is not a typical book, at all. This book is more so a myth, I suppose. Even though it does take place in the future, it read as if it were a legend that had been passed down for some time, if that makes sense. This is going to be one of those books that people either love it, or ...more
So in this country the women are in power. The country of Koyanagar is surrounded by a guarded wall so that no one can leave. Girls get everything and the men are slaves. The main character Sudasa is forced into a competition where 5 boys compete for her marriage. This system was built against the men that used to be in power, but it didn't fix society, it just took freedom away from everybody.
Five's side of the s ...more
Book 1 for the #Diverseathon completed!
This was different from anything I've ever read. There were things I wasn't expecting, like for example the writing style. This story flew by. I did feel like this story ran on the characters action's a lot so I wished there was a little more too the book like maybe more world development. Overall, I'm happy I picked this up and would recommend if you enjoy Dystopian novels because yet again one of the most unique books I've ever read.
The diversity and unique premise of this dystopian immediately got me excited to read this book. The contrast of the verse and the prose worked well, and I finished this short book way too fast. In the book girls are held as the most valuable and powerful in a small community that has rejected the rest of the country. It shows how arranged marriage and treating one gender as less has negative consequences, whether it's the girls or the boys. Sudasa and K ...more
Still LOVE the world and the story but there just wasn't enough of any of it! It had potential but it was just too short. Still a really nice short read
I gave this 3.75 stars but I wanted so badly to give it 4 or even 4.5. The truth is, there just wasn't enough content to give it anything higher.
I LOVED the story. It wasn't anything super new, I mean there are tons of plots like it. But it was still unique ...more
5 to 1 was one of those books I wanted to read at first because of the stunning cover, but when I read the summary and found out that it was going to be set in India, I felt a powerful need for this book. When I requested this title, I was unaware that half of the book was written in verse. I have never read a verse book in my life before. Admittedly, I was a little nervous going into 5 to 1, but wow! This book was sensational and has solidified my desire to check out more verse books.
The book i ...more
Holly Bodger has written a lovely debut novel. In fact, the more I think about it, the more my fondness grows.
It's set decades into the future, in an India that sees the ratio between boys and girls as "5 to 1". Tired of marrying their daughters to the highest bidder, a group of women formed the country of Koyanagar, walling off their people from the rest of India. Within their world, women are now in charge, and, through a series of tests, one boy out of every five must win the hand ...more
This story is told in two alternating points of view: Five, whose points of view are in prose, and Sudasa, whose points of view are in verse. I've read many of Ellen Hopkins book, which if you are unfamiliar, are written entirely in verse. And even though her works were my experience with books written in verse, I loved them, and when I started the book and saw that it was written half in verse, I was so excited. And it was beautiful, not only was the form that Sudasa's POV was writte ...more
Well-edited half-verse, half-prose novel with a lot to say about gender selection, equality, and hard choices. The writing is tight, but I never fell in love with the characters or the concept. A fast read and strong debut.
What this book does is reverse the gender roles and their treatment. Men in Koyanagar exist to father daughters, they are deemed unfit for politics, law, medicine, teaching and treated as secondary material. Their status is secured through their sisters and wives and d ...more
The story is told from two perspectives: Sudasa, our main female lead and Contestant 5, our main male lead and whose true name we don't learn until the end of the book. Sudasa's ...more
Such an interesting and fast-paced debut novel! 5 to 1 delivers a new take on the same old dystopic future, giving us an India-like country run by women where some boys must endure Tests in order to become suitable husbands for the girls who judge them from their high social places. Told from two different POVs - one in free verse and the other in prose -, Holly Bodger's novel present us with Sudasa and Contestant 5, two rebellious teens with different views and wishes from those of the syste ...more
"No, we cannot change
the mistakes we’ve left behind.
But there’s one thing we can do—
one thing I must do—
we can choose not
to repeat them."
This was so unique and interesting.The writing is beautiful and refreshing.The characters are well portrayed,even though I wish we knew more about Five's past.The whole book is mostly plot-driven and I loved that.I had a few problems with the story itself,tho.I don't think that it's explained,and it should be,why the boys aren't trusted or how the hell did th ...more
I admit I found the writing style jarring at the beginning. However, as I read on I realized it emphasized how the women are perceived in the story. Every thing about this book was not what I had in mind and I was pleasantly surprised by how I liked it. It's a very nice coming of age story told in a setting that is still relevant in some places. My only g ...more
“…he told his citizens they must limit their families to one child. He said he would fine anyone who didn’t obey and jail anyone who didn’t pay the fines. His citizens obeyed, but not in the way he expected. The citizens didn’t want any one child. They wanted a child who could help support the family, especially when the elders were too weak to do so themselves. They wanted a child who could carry the family name, inherit the family land. They wanted a child could attend their funeral pyres and...more
*eARC kindly provided by Random House Children’s via NetGalley*
*Review can be found on The Fox's Hideaway.
5 to 1 was a brill ...more
I am really big on diversity in the ya genre, especially when it comes to stories that are not contemporary. So I'll go ahead and make this clear--I loved this book. Not because it was perfect, but because it did something original and it did it well.
5 to 1 tells a story of two people, Sudasa and Kiran, who come from opposite ends of the social spectrum. Sudasa lives a life of luxury because she was born a girl and Kiran lives a life ...more
I was beyond lucky to get an eARC thanks to the author and I ordered Indian food and started reading right away! I was extremely captivated by the narrative and I was once again surprised by how easy it is to read verse.
Having d ...more
Wow that went fast! Unfortunately the characters felt a little flat and weren't really fleshed out enough for me - perhaps because it was so short? However, this was definitely a plot-driven book for me, the world was wonderfully built, unique and incredibly interesting to read about. Definitely appreciated the messages and issues portrayed in this book. And I LOVED the alternate POVs and how it was partly in verse - I thought it actually worked really well. Would definitely recommend ...more
Edit 4/14/15: 3.5 actual rating. Awesome concept, I just needed a bit more.
However, I do recommend this one - the culture and the story is highly fascinating, and it makes for a good gender study novel.
PLUS THAT COVER.
Edit 11/15/2015 - last book I will read by this author - backing a certain atheist white male author on Twitter.
For 5 TO 1 extras including her free novella (The Other One) as well as an Educator's Guides, glossary, coloring pages, glossary, and interviews, see Holly's Web ...more