by Carrie Harris
Published on September 28, 2016 by Serial Box Publishing
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Waking up in a strange and scary new world isn’t necessarily the worst thing, especially when you are grateful to wake up at all. When Nevaeh opened her eyes to find no hospital bed, IV drips, or cancer riddling her body she counted her blessings and sang for joy – happy to face the deadly jungle, killer robots, and (if she’s honest, perhaps the most disheartening) disgruntled companions. They say smiling is the best medicine, but does it still work after death?
ReMade Season One: In one moment the lives of twenty-three teenagers are forever changed, and it’s not just because they all happen to die. “ReMade” in a world they barely recognize – one with robots, space elevators, and unchecked jungle – they must work together to survive. They came from different places, backgrounds, and families, and now they might be the last people on earth. Lost meets The Maze Runner in this exciting serial adventure. (less)
You live. You love. You Die. Now RUN. ReMade is a thrilling sci-fi adventure that will take readers past the boundaries of time, space, and even death.
This is the 3rd episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Carrie Harris.
Much like the first two installments of ReMade, episode 3 of season 1 followed a new character and how they came to join the rag-tag group stranded in a new world.
Thankfully, this time around the author got all the character backstory out of the way before returning to present day. I’ll be honest, the lack of information about the world of ReMade had me losing interest in the second episode. And this installment added little in terms of what happened to all these teens. With each episode, we’re given a lot of background on the character in question and it keeps dragging me out of the present-day story, which is what I actually want to know about. Backstory is important for context but it tends to take up half of the episode.
Now if you’ve made it this far in the serial, you know that all the teens in the group supposedly died but have woken in this place with bodies in the picture of health. Nothing has been confirmed but that’s the characters’ theory and in that realm, Nevaeh’s “death” is heart-breaking.
You find out really early on that Nevaeh suffers from cancer, limiting her life to a hospital bed where she’s growing weaker by the day. Worse, she knows she may not have long left and has accepted it. Her character is so strong and I loved how she got a new lease on life, and wanted to care for everyone else. Even if this new life is full of danger in its own right as the teens scavenge for food in a world where even the plants are foreign, Nevaeh is determined to make herself useful to everyone almost overbearingly so.
While I think it’s hard not to feel for this character, I struggled through this episode’s opening detailing her illness, her fighting parents, how she’s given up and accepted her fate. The mystery of this world continues to remain that way and it doesn’t make me want to keep reading about more character deaths and how they spend their day in the strange forest. When this book isn’t recapping the character’s history pre-creepy world, it’s going through the mundane tasks of watching them gather food or sleep.
I’m not fond of serials as I prefer to read a book all at once and this is why. If I can’t get some answers to keep me reading then I don’t have a lot of interest in continuing. Because these are so short I may see it through to the end more out of curiosity than anything, but I want to know what’s going on. Even just something little. A hint. Truly, it won’t take much. But I hope to see something soon. As for this installment, another average read with too many mysteries.