Before we plow into this post, the winner for a copy of Stray goes to ... Sheena-kay Graham! Congrats! Contact me to claim your copy!
Now to the main event. I'm thrilled to present Remake by Ilima Todd! This is her debut novel, and a fabulous one. Here's what it's about:
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?
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A case can be made here that the dystopian novel has been "remade" by Remake. Todd has created a chilling post-apocalyptic world where humans are ruled by a false sense of freedom, running parallel to a hidden world where the everyday aspects of society are rediscovered through a convincingly fresh perspective. An engaging and thought-provoking read. I really look forward to the next installment.
Knowing how book 2 is going to start is killing me (I'm not telling). Care to give this a read? Find it now wherever books are sold!
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