by Ilima Todd
A future without family.
Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.
But Nine isn't like every other batcher. She harbors indecision and worries about her upcoming Remake Day — her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose and what they'll be.
When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will decide to be?
Unabridged audio book
By Makayla, Submitted on 2016-05-26
This book is really good, I was not so sure when ti was referred to me but once I started I was hooked. I cannot wait for the second one to come out,
By Lauren, Submitted on 2016-04-16
The concept of the book was unique and fascinating. Gender identity and no family units. It reminded me very much of Ayn Rand's 'Anthem.' What could have been a different and fun read was sadly turned into a dystopian love triangle. The relationships after the fifth chapter were actually well developed, with the exceptions of the romance. Why did Nine need to fall in love with two people? Why not just focus on the family she became a part of? The writing itself is well done, but feels like a podium from which the author expounds her view of what the family should be. An enjoyable book overall, but it had some flaws that left me slightly confused.
By Victoria , Submitted on 2015-08-26
Nine happens to be a number that resonates with me, and it so happens that it is the name of the main character that I feel in love with. I felt like it was a very fluid, well-written, thought out, and organized book. I read it in three days. I absorbed each chapter. I was quite enthralled with each character and the plot line. It wasn't until the climax that I truly understood the Gender is Eternal thesis. I am a fan. I recommend this book and possible series to my friend Brenna Cragun. I find it a great starter series for any Young Adult and any one older that loves series. Best book ever!
By Stephanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The UGLIES meet THE GIVER meet PARTIALS meet... Okay. You get my point. A dystopian story about choices and how the government has decided it knows better than you and takes away your right to choose while telling you you have freedom.
REMAKE shows us two very different and interesting societies. The main character, Nine, is raised in a society where she is raised as an androgynous person until she turns seventeen, then she can choose her name, trade and gender. On her way to being Remade, Nine and her best friend crash. Nine is washed up on shore and rescued by a man and his son. Nine doesn't understand the meaning of the words they speak, like family, sister, mother. Nine has never heard these words before.
Knowing they are placing their lives in danger, the family takes Nine in and takes care of her. She learns new words and new emotions. She learns about love and family and how precious a new baby is. And Nine finds herself falling in love.
Of course, the "bad guy" closes in. Nine has to make a decision to save herself or others. I am happy to say there are no major cliffhangers even though from the ending I could tell there is another book coming.
Ms. Todd is a great storyteller and wordsmith.
This is a good, clean book that made me think about choices and freedoms. I can't wait to read more from Ms. Todd. Unfortunately, I have to wait for the next book!
By James and Rachel, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really like the message of this book and story behind it. It's a great way to shed light on the importance on families and also on our individual bodies. The author was able to incorporate many things from the real world to make the story come alive more. It was very thought provoking. The reason I personally gave it 4 starts was just because of the writing style, but that is because I am picky since I am a writer myself. Still, a great concept.
By Betty, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This isn't your average dystopian book. Real issues for our day. If it startles you - keep reading. It is pro-family. So good!
By Rebecca, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I go into every book I get for review expecting greatness. I was certainly not let down!
Well, this book definitely had greatness and more:)! It was exciting, different, and compelling to me. I think I got a few messages out of this book, whether it was intended or not. I love it when a book does that to me.
Nine lives in a world where people are born in batches. 10 men, 10 females. Nine, and Theron were born from the same batch and are best friends. Where they live everyone is the same. Except Nine. Everyone has shaved head and fair skin. Nine has a shaved head but when her hair grows she has red hair. She also has freckles. She is different and stands out. Every person is born with a gender, but can decide to change everything about themselves, or nothing on the day of their REMAKE. They can decided to change their hair color, eye color, remove freckles (in Nines case), and they can decided if they want to change their gender.
There is no real conflict. Every person knows their place, and does their job, and when they reach the age of their REMAKE that is when their life begins. They get to choose a trade they want to be in after they are remade and live their lives separate from the batches.
Something happens on Nine, and Theron's REMAKE day that changes everything Nine has ever known. This is when the book gets so exciting. It's a great ride to go on. Nine must figure out if living the life she has always led is really what she wants or if she wants "freedom".
Okay, this book made me just smile at the beginning. Nine and her best friend Theron do everything together. Nine doesn't like being different and Theron always reminds her that she is beautiful just the way she is. He tell her she can be anything she wants to be. I know this may sound silly but it kind of reminded me about the book "The Sneetches" by Dr. Seuss. Some of the Sneetches get stars on their bellies and think they are better than everyone who doesn't have a star. She felt as though she didn't have star. Then when they all have stars, no one can tell who is who. Why would anyone want to be anything other that what they were born to be? Nine apparently. That is until she gets her first real taste of "freedom".
Nine finds out what it would be like to live a life outside of Freedom Province. I love the view of the "real" world in this book. It takes you back to the basics. With people tracking Nine she knows that the people she is surrounded by could be in danger. Nine has to decide if she wants to go back to her life or stay in her new surroundings, where she has found something unique and wonderful.
This is such a great story, about love, family, being different, and finding out who you really are. It has some great twists and turns in it, and romance as well :). I always like that. This book made me think about the "what ifs" of the world. How there are so many people out there not satisfied with the life they have been given. BUT, it also made me think about all those out there who ARE happy to be who they are and how one person can make a difference.
Source: I was given this book as part of a tour, in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in anyway for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book. Thanks goes to iRead Book Tours, and Shadow Mountain publishing for allowing me to enjoy this book.
By Roberta, Submitted on 2015-02-25
It was a slow start for me, took a couple of chapters to pull me in, but once I hit "that" chapter, I was hooked. It's an interesting look at utopia except it's not utopia but the complete opposite...control in every aspect of life...no parents, no parental guidance or any of those influences we get normally to shape our characters. Just impersonal caregivers, fosterers, healers...imagine growing up with only a number to identify yourself and no other, no idea of real life because real life to you consists of just "being in the present", no responsibility, no goals, just being. When you turn 17, you are given an opportunity to be "remade" to whatever you want to be. You are given a list of suggestions which are presented, without any real information, and you are so uninformed you don't question the list. You may become a male or female, select to become a foster, a healer or something else on the list. Such is the condition of the Batchers, the group of 10 people who have been given numbers instead of names.
The Batchers, as they are called, know nothing of their origin, only that they are. They are happy to just be. Happy to conduct their lives as directed by the Maker without having to make any real choices of their own to determine their futures. They are insulated from all that might cause real emotion...no fear, no disease, no possibilities other than presented, no hope, no love...
As this Batch turns 17 years old, and time grows closer to the "remake", the main character, Nine, realizes there is something different about her and her appearance. Everyone else is almost without physical distinction, with shaven heads, and no particular skin colors or other non-uniformed physical traits. they are dressed the same and conduct themselves the same with little differences. But she is different. She is the only one with freckles as no one else, red hair, when it grows even a little, as no one else and she doesn't want to be different. It brings attention she doesn't want. She struggles with her differences that make her stand out, make her a target of bullying, and she must select from the list, what she will be remade into. In the course of her confusion while she contemplates her future, certain bits of information are revealed making for questions but answers are not immediately forthcoming. Things happen, events occur, new, strange and major changes come about and life for the Nine changes drastically, bringing more questions, some answers but not all, creating some mystery and intrigue, fear and hope, and finally answers, but again not all...
Nine has enjoyed life thus far as she knows it, dealing with her different self and confusion. trying to cope, and beginning to need or answers. Suddenly she is thrown into a new situation, so different than her own and she must learn to understand a new way, somewhat like her own but not quite. Her experience leads her to see a different way of living, of interaction or understanding life and relationships, of her own possibilities. Her education and adventure begins...
This story is a study of life and how it might be, totally under the control of another, without a knowledge or thought of anything else but this that seems good, we follow obediently and have no reason to question. Until, we get a glimpse of what might be, could be...something that isn't just different but maybe better, with actual purpose, with satisfaction and fulfillment. It also is a lesson about appreciation for the people in our lives, of life's various circumstances, situations, opportunities, and yes, possibilities.
I did enjoy this story. It was certainly interesting and thought provoking. I am hoping there is a sequel as I know there is more to be revealed and I still have questions that need answers.
By Rebekah, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Dystopias are, in my mind, way overdone. And REMAKE is no exception. I had the "plot" figured out within four chapters and was not thrilled or intrigued whatsoever. The characters lacked depth, the imagery was transparent, and the whole dystopia thing is just getting old.
Needless to say, I'm very grateful for the hour reading it killed while my bread was rising.
By Karan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book. Started reading Saturday and finished Sunday. the story did not go as I thought it would, but I liked it better than the way I thought it was going. I loved the questions at the end of the book. A great book for a book club. It had me thinking a lot about my own life and the choices I could and do make.
By Evelyn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love dystopian novels. That being said, I rate this one very high in the genre. It goes beyond the entertainment factor, and really makes you think about who you are and what factors and choices play in to who you become. I think that although it may make some people uncomfortable in some ways, it can be an amazing conversation starter with teenagers. I loved it! I hope there are more to come!
By Jessika, Submitted on 2015-02-25
In my eyes this book is not recommended for younger readers. It has controversial content, but is easy to read. The message of importance of families and gender is one that is extremely relevant in today's world and needs to be discussed, but again, it is EXTREMELY controversial. The beginning where the main characters ended up becoming inebriated was quite disappointing, as ultimately, it was quite unnecessary to the plot of the book as were some of the adult-themed topics. I only needed to hear it once to understand the author's purpose in writing the story. I personally liked the book, but would caution parents to review the book before their teenagers.
By Shelbie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love to read and have read many books, and this one is at the bottom of my favorites list. It's a fast and easy read, but it's dark and not up-lifting what-so-ever. It was unsettling and I would not allow my teenagers to read it. It taught true principles, but in a very dark and round-about way.
By Courtney, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Loved it! I thought it was a nice twist on how to portray the importance of family and finding out who you really are. Wish that there would be a second book to follow it!
By Aubrey, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really enjoyed reading Remake; I read it in about a day or two and couldn't put it down! This was a pleasant surprise because before picking it up, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I was a little hesitant. I came to find that I was taken on a journey to see how the author beautifully shows the importance of family, gender and identity. In a world where it seems like anything goes, Remake shows that there are things divinely appointed and for good reason. It surprised me in a powerful way and I'm glad I read it.
By Donald, Submitted on 2015-02-25
In "Freedom One" all of those from batches had the same privileges and opportunity to be whatever they wanted when they turned 17 and were Remade. People can be different but still be equal in their rights. We are all different. Nine finds out that there are a multitude of differences with each of us. In this case, the people were actually imprisoned by the system that professed to keep them safe (virus). We have been taught that we cannot have total and complete happiness without having a bit of the opposite, the sweet and the bitter.
I did not really enjoy Part One that much (a little too sci fi for me), but I still wanted to know where the author was going with this story and why it was recommended reading. Then I loved Part Two which was so enlightening for Nine. What wonderful examples Kai's family was for her. The ending was a little different from what I would have written it to be; however, I ended up liking the book and found it to be quite thought-provoking.
It was interesting that she had the questions at the back of the book. It was enlightening to write down my own thoughts about it. Recommend doing that.
By Steve, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Lacks original content. This is certainly not a book that I could either recommend or have a long debate on its merits. It succeeded in giving the impression that it was written by a seventeen year old who had not thought through the development and story of the book including the characters. It is shallow and once you were past the first few chapters of the book, you knew exactly where it was going including the return of Theron. Had she taken the time to more fully develop the characters and the story line it may have had some merit. But since this was not the case, it's a big thumbs down.
By Sandy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really this book, it was interesting and moved well for me. I liked the way it showed the importance of family and taking care of each other. It left you wanting to know what happens to nine and the rest of the characters. I would reccomend this book to older teens, and adults.
By Marta, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have never read this type of book, and found that it really did make me think about life in a different manner.
I have been taught truth my whole life and realized as I read this book, that many people in the world today, have a version of the truth that someone has decided they should have. It made me grateful to have the freedom and opportunities of living in America. I felt confused by the seeming contradiction in values at the beginning, but appreciated the resolution of the issue by the end.
By April, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I thought this book was OKAY. Not a book I would normally read. Its a teen fiction book which poses a society that has the 'choice' during a remake of who they are going to be. Male or female? Red hair or black etc..? I gave it 3 stars because the idea is not original per say in my opinion. Many similar things have been written about a futuristic society which the government basically controls peoples agency though it appears it is their 'freedom of choice.' If you love these types of books I would go for it if not choose something else.