Remake (Freedom #1)
My rating: Dystopian
by Ilima Todd
Source: Publisher (via Netgalley)
With her remake date closing in, Nine must decide who she wants to be. Male or female? Tall or short? Before moving on from their childhood homes to live in the wider world of Freedom, the batchers must chose looks, names, and trades. But the only thing Nine knows for sure is that she wants to lose the freckles and red hair that have always marked her out from the others in her batch.
On their way to the remake facility, though, a plane crash dumps her into the ocean, and she washes up on a beach where people live quite differently. And without the drugs that have been suppressing her hormones pre-remake, she begins to mature into the woman she was born to be.
A post-overpopulation dystopia, Remake is in many ways quite typical of the genre: our young heroine grows up in relative isolation, unaware of any alternatives to her controlled community, until circumstances force her to consider her place in the world. There's an overbearing, totalitarian regime, and a shadowy rebel group in the background. There's even a hint of a love triangle between the men from her old and new lives.
I liked Nine, although her agony of indecision felt quite overdone in the first few pages. With the exception of her best friend Theron, the others in her batch are either cartoon villains or glossed over with barely a comment, so it's only after the crash that she really has a chance to meet some characters with personalities of their own, which further highlights the difference between the two communities.
Overall, a quick read which ends on something of a cliff-hanger setting up the next book in the series.