Review – Umta by Matthew Cody

POSTED ON December 10, 2016 BY Austine IN Book Review

Review – Umta by Matthew Cody
by Matthew Cody
Series: ReMade #1.5
Published on October 12, 2016 by Serial Box Publishing
Format: eBook
Pages: 34
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Even in a group of misfits, Umta sticks out. An adult with more history than any of the youths around her can possibly imagine, she knows about survival – and suffering. Brought back and remade seemingly to take care of the helpless children around her, she plays the mysterious guide and hunter with skill…but despite her knowledge, she is just as vulnerable as all the rest when the caretakers make their long-dreaded return.

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 5th episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Matthew Cody.

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.

Knight's Judgment
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Finally! Umta has been a character of pure mystery since the first episode and now in episode 5, we finally get her perspective and a little more information. It’s safe to say that I’ve been waiting for her backstory for a while now and hope that this is the turning point of the ReMade serial.

I think this episode is the first since the beginning that was focused mostly on the action. Though it makes since as the group is scattered when the caretakers we met back in episode 1 make their epic return.

I wasn’t sure I would read this installment, to be honest. After the last episode I was just plain bored and saw the story going nowhere, which I think came from the fact that every episode has been about a single character instead of having them integrated like they’re probably be in a novel format. This will likely be the last serial I read for a while.

But like all the other episodes, I still have no idea what’s going on. The caretakers attack, the group scatters, not everyone survives the encounter. And yet I couldn’t tell you where they are or why they’re there, the purpose of those caretakers, any of it.

What I did enjoy was the writing. Much like the first episode (which was also written by Cody), this one moves quickly and leaves little room to consider how much is still unknown about this story until after finishing. My whole issue with this serial is that the authors seem so concerned with keeping the background info secret that it’s limiting how much I actually care about the characters and the story unfolding.

At least we learned a bit more about the mysterious Umta. That’s something I suppose. Though it wasn’t explicitly mentioned, it sounds almost as if she’s from the caveman era and the caretakers made it so she could communicate with the others, indicating a language barrier, perhaps?

Who knows? I don’t know what’s going on in this world.

Compared to the previous episodes, this one ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger. I say somewhat because just about anything compared to the rest is a cliffhanger and I’m still not trusting this serial to keep us in the dark until the very end. It’s become more about completing the rest of it for me than anything.

I’m not sure I would recommend this serial. They’re not BAD? And they’re short which makes them quick reads but still, how many pages into this and still have no clue what’s going on? Hmm….yeah not sure I’m a fan.

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