Remake is a newer book from Shadow Mountain that only came out this year. It was written by Ilima Todd. I believe it is her first published young adult science fiction book, and it is intended to be the first in this series. I have a terrible memory. I was able to meet her the other day, and listen to her explain a little about her book. I have read a lot of young adult dystopian type books lately, so I feel like I am relatively well informed about how well this books stands up in this genre right now. I believe it should do very well. I enjoyed the book a lot!
The main unique plot in Remake is that children are grown up in a gender neutral dystopian society, and when they are seventeen they are given the choice to choose their gender for the rest of their lives. As a part of their gender neutral environment they grow up in groups called batches. People are seemingly made in labs, and they are raised by a rotating community staff. This lifestyle is intended to give citizens the opportunity to choose more things for themselves, including their name and gender. I think it is an intriguing concept, and not all too far-fetched.
Personally, I feel that the book starts out a little slow, because the society in which the protagonist, a girl named Nine, lives is very different from our own. I felt it a little difficult to emotionally invest in the early characters, because their society had made most of them shallow and immature. However, Nine and her culture clash with more traditional cultures and characters seemed to help Remake to pick up a lot more. Plus, as with many popular young adult books, a complicated love triangle develops.
I liked how the initial idea and themes played out in this book. The book has a creative premise which is effectively worked into an interesting and engaging stories with characters in which it is easy to emotionally invest. Some science fiction books are just too heavy on the made up science and too light on the interesting characters. However, this book has an interesting hypothetical setting (which I love), but most of all it has engaging characters and exciting drama. I am looking forward to future installments of this series.
If you are interested in reading the book you can purchase it in many different stores, including online at Amazon.com.