Memories of Arcadiaby Andrea Phillips
Series: ReMade #1.13
Published on December 7, 2016 by Serial Box Publishing
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Publisher (via NetGalley)
Arcadia knows what it means to be lonely; she’s had no visitors for an awfully long time. So when a group of haggard teens tumble unto her streets, she welcomes then with open arms and plays host the best she can remember. Of course, they have no idea she’s there watching, listening, helping. But she doesn’t mind – after all, hers is half lost anyway.
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 13th episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Andrea Phillips.
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.
Yes, of course, we needed another character.
Granted, Arcadia isn’t the usual sort, claiming a place among AI characters such as Illuminae‘s AIDAN, the poor… thing? (not really sure how to describe an AI) is starting to experience the very human feeling of loneliness.
I love how Arcadia became this mother figure, wanting to protect the teenagers after her previous human occupants (centuries dead) left her alone. It was interesting seeing the group without the individual perceptions of its members distorting the view. Arcadia is an outsider and doesn’t have feelings toward or against certain individuals.
This episode worked like the last one to shed light on part of the overarching story but not all. The origin of the caretakers comes into light, as does their program failings. Yet much like the caretakers, Arcadia is starting to fade, unable to recall certain fragments of “memory.” I found her slow descent into mechanical madness to be both refreshing from a unique idea standpoint, as well as expertly written. I can imagine it’s hard to write an AI whose personality would be pretty objective, but written by someone with human subjectivity.
Now that Arcadia can’t remember certain bits of history, I wonder how much of a role those missing pieces will play in the final two episodes. As I mentioned in my review of the previous episode, this seasons appears to be leading up to a big cliffhanger. Information has been withheld for the bulk of the season, driving readers like myself crazy wanting to know the answers already.
If this were a full novel, we’d be at the stage of the big reveal right before the final action scene and the conclusion. I just wonder if we’re going to have a conclusion.