06 April 2015

5 to 1; Holly Bodger

5 to 15 to 1 by Holly Bodger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, if you're going to differentiate between two voices, making one poetry and the other prose is as good a way as any to accomplish that. It's unclear why one worked better as one, not the other, but that's the author's choice.

I'm actually rounding up here because there are some interesting issues that are raised, just not dealt with as deeply as they might have been. We're in a future Indian subcontinent, where the ratio of boys to girls is incredibly high; a break-away country, one fiercely dedicated to women's/girl's rights, has been established. But - and this is the crux - does this new country do things better than India? or do they remake the mistakes, only in reverse? That could lead to some really interesting exposition and discussion, but perhaps those ideas aren't supposed to be considered by the target readers? Hence the four, really 3.5, stars.

ARC provided by publisher.

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