Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

 

Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: FMPL
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9780385391535

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I originally heard about this book when attending ALC earlier this year, and although I couldn’t get an ARC of it my volunteer had commented on it the other day and thus resulted in me reading it the night before I handed it over to her – it’s only fair, right? ;)

This dystopian-style novel based takes place in 2054, an Indian country decides to rebuild itself with a newer laws and practices. Where once men controlled all the decision and a one-child law had taken place was now a woman controlled state where honor and “fairness” is prided upon, where baby girls are prided over baby boys – whom are abandoned or aborted illegally (if you had enough money). After twelve years, where once few men were sent to The Wall to keep riffraff from getting in are now making sure nobody gets out.

5 to 1 is the story of a girl forced, along with 7 other girls, to choose a man to wed based on the State’s tests which follow certain criteria but in the end is entirely up to the girl. 40 boys are “randomly” chosen from The Registry and 5 of these boys are presented to one of the 5 girls anonymously on a stage. Every round the girl hands out a certain number of rocks to 3 boys whom she believes are better qualified than all the rest to become her husband slave and are most able to ensure she bares daughters.

Sudasa does not agree with these tests and wants nothing more to get away from it all. From carrying the burden her grandmother has forced upon her. From her disgusting cousin who just ‘happened’ to be of the five chosen to be a suitor.  Kiran is a farmboy who wants to get out. These two characters are connected by a story about a famous cricket player before the walls were built.

This is a great story! I have one issue with it all, although it’s dystopic and I appreciate the uniqueness in the story, although it kind of reminds me of Matched (kinda), my problem is it’s about Indian cultures – phrases, clothing, etc. – it’s written by a white author. Although I typically don’t raise much fuss, I guess I just thought this book was going to written by a person of color.

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Weekly Round Up (#32)

My top 10 or so links that I believe will also keep you interested…

  1. Joanna’s list of 15 inspiring career books
  2. Shades of YA
  3. According to this interview: LIS education is a bad joke
  4. Beautiful bookish cakes
  5. Clear the way Dystopia and Fantasy fiction, there’s a “new” genre in the spotlight
  6. I became frustrated over an article on Library Journal
  7. Adult titles that reasonate with teens
  8. Do you commit to book monogamy or polygamy?
  9. What are your travel essentials?
  10. Paste Mag.: Are you excited for any of these new comics?

I’m trying to change up my presentation, unfortunately I’m either not subscribing to the right things or there just is not a whole heckuva lot being published worth sharing. But I hope you like these, let me know in the comments if I’m missing anything, and stay tuned for my upcoming back to school post next week.

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Also, I just finished watching the first season of that show I quickly reviewed last week. Well, I’m in love and as I mentioned in a tweeted posted earlier – it’ll be sad when I have to let it go…

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Review: HBO: The News Room

Source: Via HBO Watch

While browsing Facebook sometime in August, I came upon a shared video from a show I had completely forgot:

Which “forced” me to start looking into the source of this video and why it was so intriguing. Once I found it, I realized that this is part of show that I may have only watched 2 halves of different episodes once-upon-a-time when it first started airing.

Then:

Not so interesting. I’m familiar with some of the actors. Blah. Blah. Blah…

Now:

I recognize the actors, but that video has compelled my Political Science-y person to start watching it. Cue binge-watching

Source: Via Salon

 Results:

The Political Science student in me approves this show. The beginning of this whole show is that video I offered up as sacrifice for your entertainment, and Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is just the bait I needed to bring you in. The News Room starts with a washed up news anchor, some romantic history between his new Executive Producer, and how they turn a mediocre news room who only cared about ratings into a news room that cared about getting the right information to The People.

The first episode bonds the whole team together with the BP Oil Spill of 2010 off the Coast of Mexico. You remember that, right?

Yea, that one. What could’ve been a report on the missing crew members turned into a one-hour report on more than just the crew, but also the companies involved that should’ve fixed the issue and how they never prevented the situation. If you’re anything like me, you may have the tendency of feeling stressed or stricken just as much as the characters, I believe this is called “emotionally involved”? As the members of the news team are gathering information, and getting quotes and interviews, I was feeling it. But by the time Will was dressing to go on the air you see his hands shake, that’s when I knew I would love this show. I felt the intensity in the speeches, in the script, and this is only after one episode!

I’m going to continue watching this show. I may do a follow-up on my thoughts after watching all 3 seasons (25 episodes) before I start my Sociology course in September. But I’m really looking forward to what else this show has to offer.

Have you seen this show? What are your thoughts?

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