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Remake
     

Remake

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by Ilima Todd
 

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In this dystopian novel, children are raised completely androgynously until their seventeenth birthday at which time they can choose their hair color, eye color, their life's work…and their gender. A fascinating twist on dystopian novels and thought-provoking perspective on how gender roles determine so much of destiny in life. Book 1 of a

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In this dystopian novel, children are raised completely androgynously until their seventeenth birthday at which time they can choose their hair color, eye color, their life's work…and their gender. A fascinating twist on dystopian novels and thought-provoking perspective on how gender roles determine so much of destiny in life. Book 1 of a trilogy.

Nine is the ninth citizen born in her batch of ten. By design, life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price and the Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret. But Nine isn't like every other batcher: Nine's indecision and worry about the upcoming Remake Day lead to discoveries and questions about who is really in control.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/18/2014
A familiar duality forms the basis of Todd’s dystopian debut: sterile technology versus gritty, back-to-the-earth primitivism. Nine is a product of the former, “Made” as part of a Batch of 20 “new humans” and raised by Fosterers as an infantilized androgyne. Now nearly 17, Nine is on the brink of her Remake, when she may choose her gender, appearance, and profession and be launched as a full-fledged adult in Freedom One (formerly Sydney, Australia). That she has been denied her first choice of occupation and advised that she is, in some mysterious way, “an experiment,” is shadowing her excitement. Meanwhile, Kai has been raised in a nuclear family that survives by farming and fishing, with labor divided by traditional gender roles. He distrusts technology to the point of paranoia, which makes for a rocky start when Nine and Kai inevitably collide. Todd does little to complicate the simplicity of this opposition or substantively explore the issues of gender identity she raises, but Nine is still an endearing character, endlessly questioning the existential choices she confronts. Ages 12–up. Agent: Katherine Boyle, Veritas Literary. (Oct.)
Elana Johnson

"From thrilling action to sweet romance to intriguing decisions that must be made, Remake is a brilliant debut not to be missed."—Elana Johnson, author of the Possession trilogy
author of the Possession trilogy Elana Johnson

"From thrilling action to sweet romance to intriguing decisions that must be made, Remake is a brilliant debut not to be missed."
Midwest Book Review

“A superbly crafted and original story, Remake clearly documents author Ilima Todd as an impressively gifted novelist. Pure entertainment from beginning to end, Remake is very highly recommended for community library collections."
Foreword Reviews

IndieFab Award Finalist 2014 for Young Adult Fiction
Compass Book Ratings

"This young adult dystopian novel is set on a future version of Earth and it was fun to see what changes author Ilima Todd imagined...Include[s] some unexpected twists. She touches on some subjects that may start you thinking--such as gender roles and the importance (or lack thereof) for families in society, and several others topics.Dystopia fans will love this addition to the genre.  Remake is first in a planned series and I'm intrigued to see where Todd continues the story."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481457620
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
07/05/2016
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
435,084
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Read an Excerpt


Male or female?

My finger hesitates over the touch screen. How can I decide which to be for the rest of my life? It's so . . . permanent.

My finger connects with the third option: Undecided.

"You know, Nine," Theron says. "In three days, you won't have that option anymore."

"I know," I say. "I'll be ready."

Meet the Author


Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii and now lives in the Southwest with her husband and four children. She has a degree in physics and was an avid reader before turning to writing full time.

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Remake 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
EAtkinson More than 1 year ago
This book was not my favorite. Some of the concepts of Gender that it portrayed bothered me. I have a hard time with the Dystopian novels though. If you like them then you would probably like the book. It was well written and keeps the audience curious. I would definitely read it first before I let me children read it though!!
TheThoughtSpot 18 hours ago
Remake by Ilima Todd is told in parts. Part one describes the lifestyles of batchers and the decisions they get to make when they turn seventeen- gender choice, occupation choice and physical appearance choices. Nine finds out that she is an experiment and that's why she looks different from the other batchers with her red hair and freckles. On the trip to have their choices come to fruition, the shuttle crashes in the ocean and Nine is the only surviving batcher of her group. Part two begins when Nine washes onto a beach and is rescued and taken care of by a loving family that grows to love Nine as she grows to love them. Feeling safe, Nine decides she wants to remain with Kai and his family, but then her tracker goes off and the family knows it needs to be removed for everyone's safety. Part three tells of Kai and Nine taking the canoe to The Rise, freedom rebels who will remove the tracker. Throughout this story many things come full circle for Nine and her eyes, heart and mind are opened. Remake is a touching story set in a sci-fi dystopian world - 4.5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awful read. This book caters to a very select amount of readers due to the content. Teenage females and adult females who feel like they'd want to read this. I know they are "trying" to teach a message, but this author fails. Poor writing style and niche market due to content does not allow all buyers to want to read this. Poor choice in plot and character action allow the author to pick and choose who they are writing to and want they want them to think after reading this book. The weak character development show the lack of skill the author has, which then deeply effects that overall plot of the story. The muddled rising action/climax make the ending of the book confusing and very poorly done. There are two plots going on as you read this novel (and they go in this order of importance to the author): the authors agenda to try and preach at the readers, and what the characters are actually going through. Please, do not read this book or the possibility of this being a series. This is not the kind of books Shadow Mountain should be publishing and having people read, giving a bad impression of LDS authors to the world. This is not the book you're wanting to read. There are plenty other LDS authors with tons more talent and potential. This book goes out the window. Remake, more like re-don't
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading dystopian books I just felt the ending left a lot unanswered. I hope they make a second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved "Remake". It was a beautifully written story mixed in with the perfect romance and choices. I thought the idea of "Remake" was absolutely genius and Ilima Todd pulled it off with great success. I really hope there's a second book, continuing Nine and Kai's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When reading the preview I was excited to explore the possibilities of a brave new world-esque future but one where everything about yourself is left open to choice. This is an intriguing concept and one with great possibility. Instead I left the book feeling like I had just been preached at for 288 pages about how family (with a mother and a father) and having babies are the most important things in the world. This choice is also being forced upon a seventeen year old girl, with no life experience, who clings to the first people she meets after losing her best friend in a horrific accident. This goes up there with Twilight in sending the message that getting married and having babies young is the way to find happiness.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS ACTUALLY! IT IS GREAT! 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.
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 4 stars! In the futuristic society of Freedom, people have a choice over everything about themselves in their seventeenth year, for their Remake…their name, their gender, their hair color, their height – literally everything can be changed to fit their liking.  But for Nine, the ninth girl in batch of twenty boys and girls only days away from their Remake, these decisions could not be more difficult.  Not like they were for her best-friend Theron, who’s already picked his name, gender, and trade.   But on the day of her Remake on the way to the Remake Facility, the aircraft she is on crashes, and she is left alone and scared.  She is outside of everything she has ever known – Theron is gone, Freedom is too far away for her to reach on her own, and she is in a strange new world she’s never seen or heard of.  And when the strange people named “Dad” and Kai rescue her on the shore of this new world, everything she thought she knew about the world outside of Freedom is flipped upside down.  She’s pulled into the bizarre things called a “family” – they are born from woman, not made inside a factory, they have struggles, triumphs, and happy times.  They love, hate, and feel…nothing like in Freedom – and Nine begins to wonder if everything she’s learned her past 17 years has been a lie.   I enjoyed this story a lot – there was a little bit of romance, action, and enough sci-fi aspect to keep anyone interested.  It is always so interesting to me to see how our future is interpreted by others – will we be zipping around in little space cars, or will we outgrown our technology so quickly we fail?  I thought that Nine was a very strong character – while not street smart at all, she is willing to learn and see that things aren’t always what they seem.  I also loved how Nine learned about relationships – the different kinds there are, and how they make you feel.  Growing up in a factory with no nurturing or physical affection, Nine grows to enjoy the family aspect – of loving another and being devoted to just them…but is it too late, is she destined to do other things?  You’ll enjoy finding out!
Friz4 More than 1 year ago
Remake by Ilima Todd is a very intriguing story. The way of life depicted in this futuristic setting was insane! I had a hard time with the idea of gender not meaning anything-in fact, the idea sort of had me hung up for awhile. But, there is so much more to the story. I really enjoyed following Nine on her journey. Experiencing so many things for the first time was almost magical. I love how her character developed, and what came to really matter to her. Especially the true idea of freedom, and the huge importance of family-something that was foreign to her being raised in Freedom Province. The ending was well done. Of course, I wanted more, but it didn't leave me totally hanging, and I felt like it set up the next book quite well. Ilima Todd did an excellent job with this debut novel. She's definitely an author to watch for.
myndymouse More than 1 year ago
I have a small list of books I read over and over again. This book has joined that list.  Read this book cover to cover! If you stop after the first few chapters you will have sold yourself short. There are great values hidden in this book. The concepts are thought provoking, and really make you take note of what is important in life. The characters are fun and realistic. They are easy to love, and you want them to succeed. The book explores matters about sex, gender, lifestyles, and choices. Definitely not for young readers, but teens 14 and older are already bombarded with content like this everywhere they go, so why not give them a forum that will also teach them good values? Read it from cover to cover!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creatively put together! This book a Sci-Fi/Dystopian read. Robotic mentality at times, but creatively put together. The author brave enough to put it out there the moral issues and decision about gender and changing who you were born to be and not like. I enjoyed the story very much, here you cross a bridge of bravery, admirations, suspicion, obtain ability, consequences, perceptions, beliefs , choice and their society's foundation or is it our society's foundation? Nine, she shoulders so much but which way is the right way? Confusing isn't it? This is what Nine goes through day in and day out. I thoroughly felt the author's writing weave a tale so convincing yet so much to contemplate. Love, well it's there and Nine has more decisions to make. Mature scenes here and there and faith and fate. Wonderful story to make you think about our own society and our choices, which is being stripped away slowly. I won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz