Utah author writes new dystopian trilogy

(KUTV) Some of the country's best authors have come out of the Beehive State.{ } From James Dashner to Ally Condie, several Utah authors have had their books featured on the New York Times' Best Seller list. { }

Another local author hopes to follow in their footsteps. Ilima Todd hails from Hawaii, but now lives in American Fork.{ } Todd's first book Remake was published last fall.

Writing wasn't Todd's first career choice. She was actually a high school math and physics teacher when she decided it was time for a change. { }

In 2010, she made a New Year's resolution to write a book.{ } She turned to Google and soon realized she had no idea how to write a book. From there she formed a critique group, attended conferences, took classes, and kept writing books.

She received a lot of rejection letters, but the characters in her head wouldn't go away.{ } Those characters fill the pages of Remake, a dystopian novel about a girl named Nine who grows up in a society called Freedom. The people of Freedom don't have families and are allowed to do whatever they want, without any real consequences on the surface.{ } { }
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"Everything has consequences. So part of the story is her learning what those consequences are, trying to decide what that means for her and what she should chose, so there's a lot of themes of choice, as well and what it means to be equal and free," said Todd.

Book two in the teen Sci-Fi trilogy will be out next fall; it will be from a different character's point of view.

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