Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: Remake by Ilima Todd (Tour Stop)

Male or Female?

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 who 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 she decide to be?

Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and currently resides in the Rocky Mountains. She never wanted to be a writer even though she loves books and reading. She earned a degree in physics instead. But the characters in her head refused to be ignored, and now she spends her time writing science fiction for teens. When she is not writing, Ilima loves to spend time with her husband and four children.

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My Rating
My Review
Remake is an exciting novel that will grab readers from the beginning and not let them go until the end. It is fast pasted, exciting, and emotional. A definite wild-ride that is altogether enjoyable. There are enough plot developments to keep the pages turning, and beautiful language to keep readers involved.
I loved getting drawn into the world of the story. It definitely is different from the world that we live in, although parallels do exist that only add to the intrigue of Freedom. It is a relatively dark setting, which shows in the style and tone of the novel, but those tend to make for my favorite reads.

The concept of Remake has a lot going for it. A unique sci-fi with that has an extreme version of something we all have to deal with. Whether you live in this fictional world or in reality, figuring out the person you want to be isn't easy. Of course, the situations are highly different, but it's still the same general conflict that will resonate with readers.

The premise may have gotten me to pick up the book, but it was due to the characters that I decided to stick with it. Nine was a good voice to the novel. She's witty and entertaining while still being emotional at the proper times. All in all, she felt very real, and I thoroughly enjoyed her perspective.

There were some unanswered questions in Remake that left me wanting more, and I definitely wouldn't be opposed to continuing in this world. Remake may not be for everyone, but it is an exciting and enjoyable read that is completely worth the try.

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