Review & Giveaway: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

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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.


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One word comes to mind once completing this book…unique. This book is something completely different from any other book I have read in my blogger life and that is well over 300 books at this point. This isn’t a love story, its more of a story of freedom, self-discovery, and saving yourself when things seem to be crashing in around you. Its about taking chances, much like the author did when she chose the writing style of this book. The entire book was reminiscent of a long-beautiful poem.

The book also reminded me of The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock because the ending is left to your own imagination, unless there is a sequel?? This is an extremely unique dystopian that ventures into the hidden cultures of different societies and really the value of a life. This book is definitely one to pick up and this author is definitely one to keep an eye on, I see big things in her future and I believe I 5 to 1 is only a tiny glimpse into the creativity of Holly Bodger.


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