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A World Where Freedom Isn't a Choice


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, nurture, 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 wll she decide to be?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain


by Ilima Todd

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Overall Review:  

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. It was also nice to have the story set in a familiar environment, making it easy to reference locations, accents, and other things we currently experience. Although there is a little predictability in the plot, Todd still manages to include 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. A few passages from The Bible are included in the story, but it was to show the contrast between the beliefs of different characters rather than to force an opinion. Several elements of this story remind me of the movie "The Island" (which I love) with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. 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.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None


Violence/Gore:  Several (18) brief incidents including character jokes about wanting to shoot ears off; metaphor about getting cut & hung; character insinuates death could occur; second hand report that ocean creatures and a virus killed many people; second hand report that people are being murdered; a few incidents when characters are fighting with little injury resulting; cage fighting; character is attacked by an ocean creature; a few incidents of hunting and fishing; plane crash resulting in death of many; character kills another in order to save self, non-detailed scene; two incidents of characters getting shot and killed, non-detailed scenes; attempted rape, short non-detailed scene.


Sex/Nudity:  Many (46) brief incidents including kissing; holding hands; arms around; cuddling; female character sits on male character's lap; characters walk past brothel; male and female characters briefly (and without much detail) discuss reproduction; female character has very brief (non-sexual) discussion of female anatomy with male character; second hand report that characters have sex with anyone they want; attempted rape, short non-detailed scene; slow dancing; one extended incident of cuddling.

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Attempted rape, murder, death.

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Characters get "mind numbing" drinks; character smells of tobacco; character smells smoke and insinuates that it's from drugs.

Reviewed By Jenny
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