ARC Review: 5 to 1 by: Holly Dodger


5 to 1

Author: Holly Dodger

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers 

Format: E-ARC

Rating: 4 Stars


Part Homeless Bird and part Matched, this is a dark look at the near future told through the alternating perspectives of two teens who dare to challenge the system.

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.

~My Thoughts~

Boy, what a quick but fun read this was. I enjoyed this book so much. So much in fact that I have no idea how to start this…. hmmm….. I guess first thing first.

Sudasa, I love her POV and the way it is written. It adds to this book so much and makes it even more fun to read. Holly Dodger did a magnificent job.! The way she shadowed words and for example so you understand more one of the words is melt but instead of writing it just like I did she writes m




Like that helps you see it in your head or something. It definitely gave the book that something else, that something special that makes the book stand out even more. It really worked for this book.

I love how Dodger writes about this dystopia world. She really goes into some detail and beliefs that help make it seem more real. For instances, where we don’t pay all that close attention to our food, meaning if we like it we eat it. In Sudasa’s world Bananas were the food in which was believed to produce boys, which is not wanted. All the girls getting married are suppose to have girls. Cheese is suppose to produce girls. There are a couple of other things involving food and the belief of making a boy or girl which is different. I mean I have read and heard of other things maybe contributing to which one it would be and then there is all the ways to figure out what you are having all these guessing games but never have I heard anything about food. Until now that is.

My favorite boy in this one was Kiran. I really enjoyed his POV too and it rounded out the story too. I was rooting for him. I hated Sudasa’s cousin. I was hoping maybe Kiran would fight him or something but that wasn’t part of the plan and he had a good plan.

The ending was not what I expected. I want more!!!!!!!!!! I want to know what else happens. I don’t like for things to be left up to my imagination, I want to know whether……..oops almost said too much. But I WANT MORE!!!! I did find a lo of quotes in this book that I really enjoyed too. In fact, I had to write some down and stick them to a wall so I could read them and remind myself sometimes.

To me, this was a great read. Anyone who likesDystopia novels should definitely read this one. If you are in a slump or if you need a quick read to refresh between long ones or whatever the case may be this us definitely the way to go. READ THIS AWESOMENESS CALLED 5 TO 1.

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