ReMade episode 12 season 1: Modern history

Modern history Book Cover Modern history
ReMade #1.12
Carrie Harris
YA, Science fiction
Serialbox
November 30 2016
e-book
30

Cole is what you’d call a “salt of the earth” type. He works hard, loves his girl, and feels best when he’s being useful – which makes being injured particularly frustrating. When the others go off exploring and leave him behind again, he’s finally had enough. With Naveah as his accomplice he sets off to find answers of his own, and ends up learning more than he wanted.

We really haven't seen a lot of Cole yet, have we? He set himself distinctly apart from the rest of the teens with a remark or two several episodes ago, but then got injured and became sort of background as crazy things happened to the others.  Here he is, though.

...And he's still somewhat immobilized, but getting better. Of course, Nevaeh is helping out, possibly oblivious to how demeaning he finds it to depend on a lady's help.

Yeah, Cole is not quite like the other ReMade kids. In some ways, he seems even farther removed than Umta. Because at least with Umta it's quite obvious she doesn't match the template, but Cole - well, it takes at least a few sentences in conversation to realise what kind of world he's from.

In this episode he gets to stretch his legs, at last, and a museum is discovered in the mystery town. Well, probably a museum.  Cole might be the only one able to confirm that's exactly what it is.

May studies everything on display, of course, and a few questions about their situation receive definite answers - though there isn't quite enough information yet to be genuinely helpful.

I feel like they're actually closing in on a big "aha!", though, which is thrilling. Three episodes left, now...!

ReMade episode 11 season 1: We’re dead in this ghost town

We're dead in this ghost town Book Cover We're dead in this ghost town
ReMade #1.11
E. C. Myers
YA, Science fiction
Serialbox
November 23 2016
e-book
35

In hopes of finding civilization, people, answers, the group journeys to the city whose lights they’ve been able to see from miles away. But group dynamics can be just as hard to navigate as a new city – especially when death and dragons are involved.

Oh, that might be the vaguest episode blurb so far! So I'll be more explicit - this ReMade episode brings us back to Loki's story, which is about as crushing as we were led to expect. In the present, Loki explores the strange city, giving appropriate names to things that look a lot like dragons. 

Accompanying him is Holden, who actually becomes a more interesting character when we get to see him interacting with anyone who isn't Seyah, about things that aren't Seyah. It's refreshing.

This is one of my favourite episodes so far! Probably because I just really like creepy, abandoned cities.  This one doesn't immediately feel like a set (like where Inez and Teddy came from), but there's definitely a sense that we can't take anything for granted, just yet.  My brain keeps coming up with wacky explanations for the whole situation, but none that matches all of the known facts. 

Like, when Inez thought she figured out that everyone died at the same time, did anyone take Umta into account? Or are there more secrets regarding her background too, perhaps?

We're getting close to the end now, and I'm definitely feeling the tension!

ReMade episode 10 season 1: Mirror of fate

Mirror of fate Book Cover Mirror of fate
Remade #1.10
Gwenda Bond
YA, Science fiction
Serialbox
November 16 2016
e-book
29

Seyah makes a discovery to the delight of the whole group and gains some time to reflect. With her dreams of Broadway dashed with her untimely death, she can only wonder what the future holds…and if a special someone has already been cast as her co-star.

This week's episode of ReMade has Seyah's POV! Finally - I've been waiting for this since the first episode.  Once a character is tagged as the pretty girl they run a severe risk of becoming plain spoiled brat with no other traits - it happens so often - but of course ReMade didn't go that way. Seyah is an actual person, yay! We get to see some of her family and dreams for what she thought would be her future.

...And she's not a person who could have predicted precicely how she'd react to Inez.

The whole episode definitely has an air of calm before the storm. There are only five episodes left - exactly what kind of storm is brewing?

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Oh, remember how Seyah and Holden were performing in A Midsummer Night's Dream? Since ReMade began, I've read the play. See, reading leads to more reading!

The lost child of Lychford, by Paul Cornell

The lost child of Lychford Book Cover The lost child of Lychford
Lychford #2
Paul Cornell
Fantasy
Tor.com
November 22 2016
e-book
136

It’s December in the English village of Lychford – the first Christmas since an evil conglomerate tried to force open the borders between our world and… another.

Which means it’s Lizzie’s first Christmas as Reverend of St. Martin’s. Which means more stress, more expectation, more scrutiny by the congregation. Which means… well, business as usual, really.

Until the apparition of a small boy finds its way to Lizzie in the church. Is he a ghost? A vision? Something else? Whatever the truth, our trio of witches (they don’t approve of “coven”) are about to face their toughest battle, yet!

We're going back to Lychford! Because, of course, this is not our first visit - or it shouldn't be.  You can absolutely read The lost child of Lychford as a stand-alone and be quite happy with that, but I recommend starting with Witches of Lychfordanyway. Because Lychford is worth the time spent there.

Lychford is home to a coven of witches. One of them, Autumn,  runs a magic supply shop - I can't help but envision the shop from The Craft, but it's not a good comparison - I don't think Autumn would lecture her neighbours about magic morality when they were only trying to buy a scented candle or some other knick-knack.   Mostly, Autumn spends her time wishing a romcom could just hurry up and happen to her.

Lizzie is a witch, but mainly a reverend. It's a long story, but she's quite clear-headed, thank you. Except when she isn't. In this story, Lizzie meets a ghost, and almost loses her Christmas spirit in attempting to figure out what the ghost is all about. 

Um, yeah, she might lose rather more than just her Christmas.

And then there's Judith, who I think is awesome, largely because she's old and crotchety and belligerent and simply not nice.  She appears to work for Autumn in her shop, though in reality, Autumn is Judith's apprentice.  But Judith isn't very forthcoming, about magic or about herself or about anything else.  Her home life is a mystery.  

...Unfortunately, for everyone involved.

Lychford is a small magical place residing somewhere amongst both faeries and something rather Lovecraftian,  and you should go explore it.

ReMade episode 9 season 1: Whiteout

Whiteout Book Cover Whiteout
ReMade #1.9
Andrea Phillips
Science fiction, YA
Serialbox
November 9 2016
e-book
31

All May wants is some alone time – being stuck with a ragtag team of the previously-dead could drive anyone a little crazy (especially when no one has showered for a week). But in this strange and unfamiliar world, danger lurks behind every tree…and sometimes in every cloud.

Oh, man. As if the stranded-in-somewhere-somewhen teens didn't have enough antagonists already, they can now add weather to the list. 

May, never much of a social butterfly, direly needs some alone time - but that's not safe, so her running off on her own is not a bright idea. She still tries.  She wouldn't really know how to deal with Gabe's attempts to get to know her better, anyway. 

But of course, Gabe isn't a quitter, either. He's hurt from earlier misadventures and can't exactly keep up with her as she runs off to investigate a new area, but, oh yes, he tries. 

Until he can't. 

Oops.

This episode of ReMade might be a little lower on action, but I enjoy the pause - especially because I get to spend it with May. 

ReMade episode 8 season 1: End of the line

End of the line Book Cover End of the line
ReMade #1.8
E. C. Myers
Science fiction, YA
Serialbox
November 2 2016
e-book
34

After a twitchy trigger finger leaves the train without a driver, the group scrambles to find a way off their runaway getaway. With food running out and still no idea where they are headed, it’s hard to imagine things could get worse…

New week, new ReMade.  And it's Inez-centric! I'd say the background and personality of Inez was heavily telegraphed from the moment she appeared, so there aren't any big surprises here if you drew the same conclusions I did.  Is it weird that someone really quite awesome almost comes out a bit bland, given the rest of the ReMade kids? Rough deal - poor Inez. 

(But I did notice a bunch of hate for her in the Goodreads comments, which baffles me. She takes Teddy in stride, that's impressive enough on its own...!)

Actually, what I liked best in this episode was not just Inez, but Inez drawing Seyah into conversation. We've hardly seen any of Seyah except through Holden's rose-coloured lenses - what we do know is that she's sort of unique among the kids, because she knows exactly what happened to her before she came here, and that it is, um, Holden's fault. And he's here too.  So that's awkward.

Oh, and they have to get off this train.

This isn't my favourite episode so far, despite some undeniable lifethreatening action. It's a little too much of a lull in the bigger story, and I'm getting so impatient now to learn more about, um, everything. The space station! The caretakers! The why?!