Friday, May 15, 2015

Book review - 5 to 1

Title: 5 to 1
Author: Holly Bodger
Genre: dystopian fiction
Similar books: Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
                     The Giver by Lois Lowry
a literary delight

Summary: Fed up with a system that only values males, women banded together to form the nation of Koyanagar where women hold the power and boys must compete in a series of tests for the opportunity to marry. Sudasa is now eligible for marriage - a marriage she's not sure she wants but which she's told she must make for the good of the country. Among the competitors for her hand is Kiran, a boy with a secret agenda. As the tests progress Sudasa and Kiran first clash and then discover they may be working towards the same goal.

My opinion: This novel is written not only in alternating perspectives but alternating formats. Sudasa's sections are written in verse. Artfully sparse, each word and space is packed with meaning. Kiran's sections, while prose, make use of very careful word selection. The novel as a whole is delightfully artistic. While dystopian it focuses more on emotion than action, introspection rather than revolution.

Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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