Hey, you know Serialbox? That thing that publishes excellent entertainment literature in episode-sized chunks? Yes, that. It's awesome. The pilot to the new series ReMade is out today. Me, I had the kinda-misfortune to read this and the next episode a couple of weeks ago. In this context, "misfortune" obviously means I want more episodes and I've already waited weeks, waaah!
So, yeah. This is YA Science fiction, written by an ensemble of authors - the pilot is credited to Matthew Cody, whose other work I'm not familiar with, but might pay attention to from now on. If I had to describe this pilot by comparing it to other things, it'd have to be something like "LOST, the tv series, you know, where everyone has a history, maybe except everyone's a strong Katniss-like teenager, and it wasn't a plane crash, but there's a space elevator!". I could throw in some arrows pointing to Maze Runner or other "whoops, let's have a bunch of teenagers and zero adults"-setups, I guess.
Sometimes certain tropes show up so often in their genres, they eventually only make you cranky. It's not exclusive to YA, but I think you know what I mean when I say there has to be something special for me to bother with yet another superspecial girl who'll save everyone from the dystopian future, or yet another dome-like world in which kids are trying not to go all Lord of the flies-y, etc. And ReMade is probably going to contain several of these types of storylines, but hey, guess what?
IT'S SO MUCH FUN.
There! That's all. I love it. I'm already rooting for some characters and hating on others. It feels sort of like the first time I sat down to binge-watch Buffy. Except I can't really get with the binge, because I need more episodes. Moooore episooodeeesss.
Here's a link to the pilot episode available for free on Serialbox, and here's the blurb, too:
You live. You love. You die. Now RUN. ReMade.
Every minute, 108 people die.
On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers.
Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival.
Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping YA adventure.
ReMade will unfold across 15 episodes. "Shadows and Dreams" is the first episode.
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?
By the way! If you prefer audiobooks, Serialbox publishes that way too. Yay, knowing things!