Review – Shadows and Dreams by Matthew Cody

POSTED ON November 14, 2016 BY Austine IN Book Review

Review – Shadows and Dreams by Matthew Cody
Shadows and Dreams
by Matthew Cody
Series: ReMade #1.1
Published on September 14, 2016 by Serial Box Publishing
Format: eARC
Pages: 32
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Holden Black never imagined his crush knew his name, much less that he’d suddenly be driving her to a party. But life can change in a second, especially when you’re 16. A look. A flash of headlights. A scream. What do you do when the unexpected jumps straight to the unbelievable, the dream becomes a nightmare, and waking changes everything except your heart’s desire?

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 1st episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Matthew Cody.

This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Knight's Judgment
Writing Style

Shadows and Dreams is the first episode in the serial story ReMade by six authors. The first, by Matthew Cody, kicks off the plot with Holden, a teen with a crush who gets close to the girl in question through a series of events that end with awakening on a vessel of some kind well outside the Earth’s atmosphere.

I’m not familiar with serials. I don’t know how long they usually are or how quickly you’re thrown into the action but in this episode that ends in 32 pages, you get the action first, backstory later (and not much of it). I haven’t been much of a sci-fi fan of late and that definitely impacted how much I enjoyed Shadows and Dreams but nevertheless, I enjoyed it for what it was: short and sweet.

My biggest problem with this first installment is that I wanted more backstory. In so few pages that’s hard and the author does provide a small bit of context for the protagonist, Holden, and another girl from his high school, Seyah. But when I finally reached what I recognized as the start of the real story if this were a novel, the episode cuts off. I suppose it’s good marketing but as someone who’s used to reading (much) longer works it was more annoying.

Now the story itself caught my attention immediately. You’re thrown into a crisis situation with Holden, not knowing what’s real and what’s in his head. Then there’s a flashback that supposedly is what leads up to the point in this world where the rest of this serial story will be taking place. The writing was excellent, a good blend of mystery (almost too much) and action that leaves a lot of questions for what’s to come next.

I’m hoping the next installment slows down a bit as a lot happened in Shadows and Dreams and I really didn’t know what was going on outside of the moment. I definitely will give the next installment a try since this one is so short and quick that I don’t feel like I have a good enough sense of the season yet: to continue or not to continue.

The next episode, Hungry, is by Andrea Phillips so will see how that goes. Episodes air on Wednesdays through to December so if you’re curious like I was, you can read the first two episodes (I believe) on the Serial Box website.

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