5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
DNF @ 15% (2 stars)
2054 India, the ratio of boys to girls is 5 to 1 and the rulers of
Koyanagar have decided that marrying daughters off to the highest bidder
is the best way to ensure survival and provide more daughters. I was
interested in the premise, but this book just didn't live up to what I
expected. This novel is told in alternating perspectives of Sudasa, a
reluctant bride, and Contestant Five. My problem is that Sudasa's is
told if verse form and Contestant Five is told in prose. I personally
love verse novels, but this doesn't not translate well between formats
and this is not the type of genre that is meant to be told in verse. The
reason why Ellen Hopkins does it well is because she writes about real
situations that are easy to understand and already laid out in society-
drug addiction, prostitution, etc.- but a dystopian novel is not meant
for verse. Prose is important to the dystopian genre because it steps up
the society that is being introduced, but I was confused and frustrated
pushing through Sudasa's odd POV. Bodger does try to redeem herself
with prose from the male counterpart, but it is not worth slogging
through uncomfortable attempts at free verse to get into the meat of
this story. This is just a book that is not for me.
Whimsical Writing Scale: 1
Character Scale: 2
Plotastic Scale: 2
Cover Thoughts: This cover is absolutely gorgeous and I love how intricate the designs are.
you, Netgalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers for providing me with a
copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Have you read 5 to 1? What did you think of it? What book has a beautiful cover, but not so beautiful writing (to you)? Let me know down below in the comments!