I don't often read dystopian fiction but was pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this book.Seventeen year old "Nine", as part of a batch of young people raised in a laboratory environment in a land called Freedom must now choose her future. Will she be male or female, will she keep her own red hair and freckles and choose to look like everyone else? How will this affect her friendship with Theron, her fellow batchling? The question that bothers her the most is "why is she so different from everyone else?"The plot was not complicated but the twists and turns kept me so glued to the book that I finished it in two days. I felt myself growing attached to the 17 year old "Nine" as she begins her voyage of self-discovery. I would love to read a follow-up to this story. This would make a great movie!
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Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. But Nine isn’t like every other batcher. She is worried about her upcoming Remake Day. That’s the day when she and the others in her batch will leave Freedom Province and fly to the Remake facility. There they can choose who—and what—they want to be. Everything from hair color to name to occupation to gender is theirs to select. Sounds perfect…but is it?
When something goes terribly wrong, Nine discovers that everything she thought she knew to be true about life outside of the Freedom Providence is actually a lie. Things that she’d been told were bad can be good, and decisions that she thought were hers to make have already been made for her.
Pulled between two worlds and two lives, Nine will have to decide what’s most important for her and her future. 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?
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I dont often read dys...
I fluctuated between ...
I fluctuated between "this is a really cool concept", and "this is so lame" throughout this entire book. The main character made me uncomfortable and irritated most of the time, there were some plot issues, and the love triangle was awkward as well. However, all that was reading it with my adult eyes. I think teenagers will overlook the lameness and really enjoy this one. It does make you think. There are several topics that could develop into great discussions with your teenager. How important is family? What would it be like to never know what "family" even meant? What is real freedom? Is the greater good more important than individual good? And many more. So all in all, I think it is a worthwhile read for older teenagers, but I think it will make the younger crowd uncomfortable. Areas of concern: Frank talk of maturation. A lot of discussions about sex and gender. Talk of teenagers showering together and sleeping together (they had been given hormone suppressants and had not gone through puberty yet). Some kissing. There are biblical quotations scattered through the book, if that is of concern to you.
I will start with this...
I will start with this. Overall, I did enjoy the book.. It had an interesting premise and seemed to follow through decently. However, I really felt like the dystopian side of the book was just a background and didn't truly need to exist for the same story to take place. Which is a shame because the world is very interesting. I also felt like there was a clear bias from the author for "traditional" families which is fine but not at all what I expected based on the subject matter Remake. The bible verses were also a little strange, but I guess done in a way that it sort of made sense. I will say the world building in the book was great, the storyline was interesting, and the main character was decent. (Although not really what I would call a strong character) So the book was good but not really what I expected or hoped for. I don't know that I would really be too excited to continue the series. It will most be likely be a series I finish when I have nothing else to read at the time not one I rush to pick up right as it releases.
I had such high hopes ...
I had such high hopes when I started this book. The first part was so, so good! I loved that it questioned gender and the modern day society. I was interested to see what Nine chose to become when she was remade. Then the second part happened and in my opinion, it all went downhill from there. I felt like the author had spent a good amount of time laying out this really great story line, then just gave up and took the easy way out. All of a sudden your almost to the end of the book and it's just another typical teen book with a love triangle and some sort of choice. BORING!I would love to go back to the original first part of the story and read more about Freedom and learn more back story about how it came about.
Im ok with the idea o...
I'm ok with the idea of religion in books, but really this was very much an anti-LGBT story. It pretty much made it out that the world would be taken over by complete free choice(of what gender you are and who you love), which is an abomination, and that those who follow the bible and God's laws, will have to hide away from those who would kill them or make them into some sort of breeding stock.
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