Author: Ilima Todd
Genres: Adventure | Dystopia | Fantasy | Romance | Science Fiction
Length: 304 pages | 2858 locations
In this world people are made in batches. Our main character is Nine, the ninth female born into her batch of 10 females and 10 males. Soon she will be Remade and get to choose what gender she wants to become, which facial and body features she wants to have and also choose her Trade.
This is true freedom… Right? Soon, Nine will know that not everything is what it seems and that there are dark truths behind all this Freedom.
The concept behind Remake is very interesting. Males and females having their hormones suppressed until the age of 17. It made me wonder if this is how they would turn out. I am still not quite sure because they sounded like perfectly normal teenagers, except they all looked androgynous.
However, I just could not connect to this main character. Like I said, she struck me as a normal teenager with normal reactions, thoughts and doubts, except they were taken to a whole new level because she and the others actually got to choose who they want to be remade into, from every detail down to the gender.
There was a lot of pondering on why to choose either gender. She asks herself several times what it means to be a male or a female. It got a tad repetitive at some point, as did her insecurities. It’s refreshing to have a main character that is not all hands on approach but only up to a point. Then it just sounds whiny. And boy was she whiny.
Also, she never questioned anything. Example: they have history lessons about how Earth’s overpopulation led to people being made in small batchets. Was our main character never curious about how they were created before? No. I guess she just assumed they were always made, even though she has no idea how. Then there’s this virus that killed lots of people because there was overpopulation? How can no one question that?
Nine’s whole existence revolved around her red hair and freckles, who no one in her batch had, and her best friend, who stood up for her on every single occasion. So here we have a main character who wants to be just like her brave friend. Not find who she is, no, she wants to be exactly like her friend. I could have lived with that if there had been proper explanations and character development.
Things got a bit interesting after the shuttle crash. New characters and a new way of living comes into the picture.
But once it turned all teenage loveish I went back to losing interest for the most part. Nine – and yep, she kept that ridiculous name the entire book, even when said love interest suggests a much better one for her – slowly grows into her own. There’s a lot of playful banter and yet more indecision. Then all of the sudden promises of eternal love and everything it entails. *barf* (sorry, let me wipe that for ya…)
Sorry. I am just not a fan of hateful relationships turning into love just because, or love triangles for that matter. Both of those need to be really well done to catch my interest. Neither did in this book.
And then it got even worse. There were things that just didn’t make sense. These people put trackers on everyone. When Kai’s mother gives them directions to the underwater rebel camp, telling them they can take out her tracker out, I was like… Wow. Leading the enemy to the rebel camp. Brilliant idea. That’s not stupid at all. *le sigh*
From then on, I cannot say I enjoyed the book much. I had figured out most of the revelations well before they were told, except for one which did surprise me.
In the end, I finished not even knowing how such a world was possible. I have read a lot of dystopias and can’t say I ever finished feeling this way. It’s just so odd.
Alas, it was a quick read and I think some teens will enjoy it. I did feel engaged by some of the descriptions and the writing was very easy to follow. There are several intriguing concepts, such as being able to change everything in your body, if you would feel happy then, at what lengths you’d go to fit in, the importance of family, amongst others. Being a christian, I enjoyed those and others.
I definitely enjoyed the first bit of the book more because it introduced me to a new reality. Too bad I felt it was not properly backed up and there was just too much teenage stuff for me to enjoy. I did not find the main character interesting in the least and the romance completely overwhelmed what could have been a great dystopia.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Read from Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2015