by E.C. Myers
Series: ReMade #1.4
Published on October 5, 2016 by Serial Box Publishing
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Respawning in an unfamiliar place with no resources, weapons, or fuel sounds like a gamer’s nightmare – and Loki knows a thing or two about those. As the group tries to navigate finding food, creating shelter, and staying calm in a jungle with killer robots, he can’t help but wish for a reset button that takes him back – though he knows more than anyone that his life hasn’t been great for the last several checkpoints. When a new predator begins to stalk the survivors he sees his chance to prove himself in the real world, but he’s pretty sure he’s already used his one life in this game.
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.
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 4th episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by E.C. Myers.
These stories are becoming very formulaic and I’m not sure I like it.
This episode centers around Loki and, as in previous episodes, we’re given some insight on how he ended up in the mysterious world these teens have found themselves in. He was a video game junkie and that virtual life comes around to ultimately hurt him in more ways than one. But in this new world, he has the chance to be more than just a gamer.
With each of these episodes there tends to be a subplot while you learn about the character’s backstory and this time something nasty is stalking the teens. But also like previous episodes, the action is in small bursts and still has yet to answer any questions about this world.
At four episodes in so far, I’m not sure why I’m still reading to be perfectly honest. Clearly serial novels just aren’t my thing because I have far too many questions and not enough answers to keep my interest. I’m thankful these are quite short or this would be a struggle to get through as a book.
I definitely think Myers plays on the reader’s emotions in this episode as Loki is a character I couldn’t help but pity. His life before the new world sucked. He struggled with things that I think a lot of teens have going on in their life. This is like his chance at redemption because suddenly he can be good at something beside gaming. Though we never really learn HOW he got to this world (as each character has indicated that they died somehow prior to waking up here), it seems like it have been a number of different things and actually pulled me out of the story a bit.
I need concrete answers.
Because this is a serial, I really think the story has begun to suffer in its tension and development. The first episode had me interested because I was asking questions that I wanted answered. Except I’m still asking those same questions like what world they’re suddenly on, and why, and who is Umta really (which hopefully is addressed in the next episode titles “Umta”), and generally what the hell is going on?!
I wanted the subplot to play a bigger role this time around and for the group to find out more about this world. Clearly this isn’t Earth, or at least in the way that they knew it prior to their individual tragedies.
I will say that, for a serial series by multiple authors, I never felt like I was jolted between the different writing styles but that may also be because each episode is a different character and they have their own voices anyway. The verdict is still out on whether I keep reading or not, and I may end up finishing these because I’m a completionist and they’re short. We’ll see.