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Todd, Ilima, author.
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Salt Lake City, Utah : Shadow Mountain, [2014]

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296 pages ; 22 cm
In Freedom Prime, young adults can choose their name, their trade, and their gender, but the one thing they cannot choose is to be part of a family, because the family unit has been eradicated.
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In this dystopian novel, children are raised completely androgynously until their seventeenth birthday at which time they can choose their hair color, eye color, their life's work...and their gender. A fascinating twist on dystopian novels and thought-provoking perspective on how gender roles determine so much of destiny in life. Book 1 of a trilogy.

Nine is the ninth citizen born in her batch of ten. By design, life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price and the Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret. But Nine isn't like every other batcher: Nine's indecision and worry about the upcoming Remake Day lead to discoveries and questions about who is really in control.

Author Notes

Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii and now lives in the Southwest with her husband and four children. She has a degree in physics and was an avid reader before turning to writing full time.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A familiar duality forms the basis of Todd's dystopian debut: sterile technology versus gritty, back-to-the-earth primitivism. Nine is a product of the former, "Made" as part of a Batch of 20 "new humans" and raised by Fosterers as an infantilized androgyne. Now nearly 17, Nine is on the brink of her Remake, when she may choose her gender, appearance, and profession and be launched as a full-fledged adult in Freedom One (formerly Sydney, Australia). That she has been denied her first choice of occupation and advised that she is, in some mysterious way, "an experiment," is shadowing her excitement. Meanwhile, Kai has been raised in a nuclear family that survives by farming and fishing, with labor divided by traditional gender roles. He distrusts technology to the point of paranoia, which makes for a rocky start when Nine and Kai inevitably collide. Todd does little to complicate the simplicity of this opposition or substantively explore the issues of gender identity she raises, but Nine is still an endearing character, endlessly questioning the existential choices she confronts. Ages 12-up. Agent: Katherine Boyle, Veritas Literary. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.



Male or female? My finger hesitates over the touch screen. How can I decide which to be for the rest of my life? It's so . . . permanent. My finger connects with the third option: Undecided. "You know, Nine," Theron says. "In three days, you won't have that option anymore." "I know," I say. "I'll be ready." Excerpted from Remake by Ilima Todd All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.