Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review of 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

5 to 1
By Holly Bodger
256 Pages
Publishing Date: May 12, 2015
Age Range: 12+
Grade Level: 6th Grade
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

In a not so distant India, there are 5 males for every 1 female making marriage very difficult. When women are fed up of being sold to the highest bidder, they set out to create a new country where women rule. Many years after the formation of this country, a girl is going through the process of finding a husband, but she doesn't want to find a husband this way.

The Short:
I had a very good time reading this book. It was a very quick read that really just sped by. It was written in dual POVs, and as if thats not already cool enough, one POV is in prose while the other is in verse. WHAT!? This concept is revolutionary. And it was very well done too. Props to the author for doing a great job with both ways of storytelling.

The Good:

  • I found the story of this to be very original. I haven't read or heard of anything quite like this book. I really appreciated that. I can tell the Bodger spent a HUGE amount of time writing this novel, and t really paid off.
  • The world was very realistic. Because of some of the current laws in certain Asian countries, this could be a very real future that could happen, while most dystopians have worlds that are just kind like "Really!? Do you actually think I am going to buy this?!" but this book was chilling in a way that it could very easily become reality. 
  • The writing was beautiful. It was easy to get into and even the prose flowed beautifully. And the chapters from verse to prose had such a smooth transition. It was wonderful.
  • The simplicity of the book. I am not talking about the writing style or the plot, but the author really seemed to get into the novel then very quickly and efficiently got out. It was a very clean novel, and I very much appreciated that.
  • Going off on what I said about the world, the government system actually seems like something that could happen and may have at some point happened. The government officials are all on their high horses acting like they are so much better than everyone else since it is a matriarchal society, but they are actually just as bad as everyone else. I LOVE IT!

The Bad:

  • There seemed to be a lack of characterization. I believed the characters, but I couldn't tell you anything about their physicality. I have no idea what hair color they had, and their nationality was never explicitly stated either (you kind of assume they are Indian due to the clothes and the location, but still!).

The Rating:


The Content:
Language: Not at all a problem
Sex: There is maybe one sexual reference, so unless you ave VERY sensitive. This is no big deal
Violence: Minimal. There are some fights between two boys, but nothing too graphic.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and honestly it would be more difficult to make a dishonest review than a truthful one. 

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