Author: Ilima Todd
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: October 14th, 2014
Hardcover: 291 pages
FTC FYI: Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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?
Nine was picked on for being different in her batch of 20, but she always had Theron around to stick up for her. Something happens that forces them apart, and Nine has to learn how to survive without him and learn how to live a life she has never known. I know that doesn't make any sense now, but I don't want to summarize anymore than that, every page is so important, especially when Nine meets with the Prime Maker. What I thought was interesting was each batch member is waiting to be Remade when they are 17, they could even chose a different gender if they wanted. Nine really struggles with what her life should become, until life chooses for her. Those who live in Freedom think they are free to choose, but are so wrong.
This book is very cool and intriguing. I wasn't sure what to think of Nine and her life in Freedom when I started reading, but I really ended up caring about what happened to her and those around her, especially when the story takes a different, but enjoyable, turn. I loved how the author threw this new situation in for her (again, can't tell, sorry). I loved the characters that she meets in her new life and LOVED the ending. Also, what really was happening in Freedom is mind-blowing and creepy.
4 out of 5 stars. I was excited to learn from the author that there will be two more books!