Book Review: ReMade Episode Six- Reality No-Show by Kiersten White

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Title: ReMade Episode Six: Reality No-Show
Author: Kiersten White
Pages: 46
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: 19 October 2016

From Goodreads: "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. "Reality No-Show" is the sixth episode.

Teddy, a teenage heart-throb and reality TV star, is used to being followed by cameras and waking up in strange beds with strange girls. But robot cameras with no operators, beds made of plastic, and girls that have no desire to be in bed with him? That he very unused to. Suddenly trapped in a weird alt-version of his own life – with a rare girl who wouldn’t even have wanted a part in his old one – the teen star seeks questions, and a way out.

This episode written by Kiersten White."

Thank you to NetGalley and Serial Box for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review!

I've really been looking forward to reading an episode written by Kiersten White and here it is! All of my excitement was not wasted because this was a really, really good episode. After the ending of episode five, I was really curious as to where the story would go from there, and Kiersten White did such a good job tying in this story to the current story line. Also, her character development was crazy good for not having an entire book to really shine light on the characters. Well done, indeed!

This episode follows Teddy, a reality TV star who is used to having cameras follow him around all day and waking up with some random girl in his bed. But when he wakes up with a strange girl who assures him she wants nothing to do with him, cameras that follow him around on several metal legs, and a world that is almost like his but not, he knows he's finally gone crazy. Schizophrenia runs in the family and Teddy assumes that he's finally lost his mind, just like his father. Although the strange girl, Inez, tries to assure him that he's not crazy and that something is wrong, he can't seem to get out of his own head. Will Teddy spend the rest of his life just going through the motions or will he find his way back to reality?

One thing that I'd like to give props to was that Kiersten White tackled the issue of mental illness in this episode and showed it in a relatively positive way. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that I don't know too terribly much about, but I really appreciated the way that it was written about in this episode. When Teddy wakes up on what looks like the set of his TV show, he believes that the mental illness that runs in his family has finally taken him and thinks he's crazy. He goes through this whole episode thinking that it's all in his head, and that Inez is just a figment of his imagination, although why he would have imagined a girl who isn't interested in guys is beyond him. Teddy finally comes to the conclusion that Inez is his hope manifested into human form and wants to do everything he can to keep his hope safe and alive. By the end, he still doesn't believe any of what is happening to him is real, but he has his hope and he holds on to her for all he's worth.

I loved that the two characters had such different personalities, even to the point where they clashed a time or two. There was certainly no romance implied, as Inez makes it clear that she is a lesbian, but the friendship that develops between them is one that I hope makes a reappearance in later episodes. Teddy is so dead set that he's gone crazy, but Inez is his hope and is what keeps him fighting through whatever he believes his mind has come up with, and I love that even though they are total opposites, they work together very well.

While reading this episode, I was definitely confused as to the direction it was going. It seemed vastly different than the previous ones and I was worried that it would go in a completely different direction with the story. Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed how different this episode was, and it was refreshing to see the story through the eyes of a different author. But with the intense ending of episode five still fresh in my mind, I was hoping that this would somehow end up tying in with what happened. Thankfully, by the end, everything lined up and Teddy and Inez are now grouped up with a bunch of beat up looking kids in red jumpsuits. I am beyond excited to see how things progress from here on out, because they are the only two who are not in red jumpsuits and have not been on the space station and that could lead to some very interesting plot lines in the future episodes!

Despite this episode being vastly different from the rest, I believe that is what makes this such a strong installment. We get new characters added to the already existing group and the potential for some really interesting stories to be introduced in the future. I am certainly hoping that Kiersten White has another episode in the future, because her writing was probably my favorite that I've read out of the first five episodes. I'm so excited to continue with the series and I can't wait to see where it goes from here!

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