by Andrea Phillips
Published on September 21, 2016 by Serial Box Publishing
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
May likes being in control: with an obsessive drive to succeed and her aim set on Harvard, she knows how to keep her life on course. Plucked from her whirlwind of tests and achievement charts, and dropped into a world where civilization itself has crumbled, she wants more than just answers. But living with deadly allergies means you’re always on the razor edge – one peanut, one bee sting, one toe out of line could be your downfall, and nobody wants to die twice.
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 exciting serial adventure.
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 2nd episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Andrea Phillips.
Returning to the world of ReMade, Holden, Seyah, and Umta from episode 1 are now on the ground of what may very well be an alien planet. They find themselves greeted by others who know as little as they do about what happened to them. This time around, we see the world from May’s perspective, a Harvard hopeful who’s dreams have shifted to survival in this foreign world.
May is your standard over-achieving student, too busy planning out every aspect of her life to bother with friendships or even her parents. She doesn’t do anything for fun and, frankly, she came off as a mean control freak. I can’t say I liked her as a character but she remained true to herself and her decisions were understandable for her personality.
This author slowed the story down a bit. Where the first episode moved quickly and with little time to breathe or really get an idea of what was going on in this world, Hungry centers around the group of survivors and their search for food. After being introduced to the creatures known as caretakers in Shadows and Dreams, the teens are concerned might follow them down to the planet. While they manage to destroy the elevator leading off the planet, they also learn that whatever has been done to them may have been a rebirth of sorts reliving them of any weaknesses (old scars, allergies, etc) they had before.
Compared to the first installment, I liked this second episode better. I could get a better sense of the world as they start exploring the land around them in what reminded me of the start of The 100. This is definitely a young adult serial crossing over between the dystopian and sci-fi genres, and I think would cater more to those in the age group at the time of reading as it may be easier to relate to the high school aged characters.
A lot of new characters were introduced this time around and I’m hoping each gets an episode as there will be fifteen in this season. Also Umta. The entire time I really just wanted to know where she disappeared to as she seems to know the most about what happened and where they are. I’d like to see her get her own episode to explain what happened to her as she seems to be the only “adult” of the group.
Considering these are so short I think I’ll keep reading as they’re the perfect length to read while eating lunch or have a short break at work.