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5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 12th 2015
by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars
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.
Thank you Random House Young Readers for providing an ARC for review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.
Sudasa is born into a world where walls surround her and women have all the power. This was not always the case. Once the world use to be dominated by men. Fed up and sick of this they built a wall and segregated themselves from the outside world. Now Sudasa is at the age where she must choose a mate from men who will compete for her.
Kiran is one of the men who must fight for Sudasa's hand. This would mean a life of privilege. Kiran has other plans. He is sick of the way women treat men. They meant to change the world but they just swapped positions in life. He is determined to find his mother who left before the walls closed. He soon notices that Sudasa is not like the other women. He finds something alluring about Sudasa but is that enough to stay?
Holly wrote Sudasa POV in such an emotional and lyrical way. I loved the difference in writing styles from the two POV's. Sudasa gives us a glimpse into what it really means to just be a human and show a greater compassion than what you have been shown your entire life.
Kiran gave us a glimpse into what it is like for a person who is undergoing discrimination whether for gender or for nationality. He is raised in a society where he is the lower gender and life is harder for men. He may be meek and compliable on the outside but he is not defeated on the inside.
Holly delivered such a moving story. This was lyrical and touching throughout. Get swept up in this exotic tale. I really hope Holly continues Kiran and Sudasa's journey. If you are looking for a fast dystopian read unlike any other then you have to pick up 5 to 1. This is a must read.
Interview with Holly Bodger
I feel very strongly about gender equality. Women should not have more power and neither should men. The reason I reversed the roles in 5 to 1 was twofold: 1) if gender selection in India were to continue at an alarming rate, it would make women rarer and could actually increase their influence, and 2) there are already enough people shouting from the rooftops about how gender selection is hurting women, but I wanted to show how it is also hurting (and will continue to hurt) men.
2. You graduated with an English major, so did you see writing as your future?
Yes, absolutely. I wrote my first book when I was six and then went on to write poems and short stories. I knew I wanted to do an English degree, although I did spend several years trying to convince myself to do something more practical because I could not figure out how to be a writer and get paid. Luckily, I did the degree anyway, and then the technology boom hit and I started my career as a technical writer. I have been working in technical and scientific publishing ever since. This did not stop me from also wanting to write fiction, so now I do both.
3. Did any music inspire 5 to 1?
With my other books, I would normally be able to rhyme off a list of songs that I listened to while thinking about (never writing) the book, but 5 to 1 was different. Part of this was because of the mood of the novel. Music makes me happy, and nothing about this book is happy.
4. Do you have a food or drink you have to have while writing?
Unless I am asleep, working, or with my kids, I am always writing. Even at those times, I am often thinking about writing or talking about writing. If it’s a regular morning, I probably have Coke Zero or tea. If it’s after noon, I might have herbal tea or water. Or wine . . .
5. What is the best advice you have received on writing?
With every word you write, you need to keep telling yourself: I AM THE MAIN CHARACTER. I am not watching the main character from above or sitting on their shoulder. I AM HER (or HIM). If you can pull this off, all you need is a good story and the rest is gravy.
ABOUT HOLLY BODGER
HOLLY BODGER has a BA in English Literature and has spent her entire career in publishing. She is an active member of RWA and is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist in the Young Adult category. She lives in Ottawa, Canada.
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