Book Review: ReMade Episode Eleven: We're Dead in this Ghost Town by E.C. Myers

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Title: ReMade Episode Eleven: We're Dead in this Ghost Town
Author: E.C. Myers
Pages: 35
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: 23 November 2016

From Goodreads: "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 11th episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by E.C. Myers.

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.

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."

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

Eleven episodes down, four more to go. This journey has been a pretty wild ride, with a lot of ups and downs along the way. We've met so many unique characters and have been introduced to an unknown (and sometimes scary) world. This is one of the craziest and most exciting adventures that I've had the privilege of experiencing, and I love it more and more with each new episode.

We're Dead in this Ghost Town picks up with Loki cautiously checking out the mysterious city that May found in episode nine. During his exploration, he discovers a flying animal that looks almost exactly like a dragon, and he names it a Cumberbatch. Making his way back to the group, the issue of Loki going off by himself comes up and it's decided that everyone will break into groups and explore the city together. Loki and Holden team up and explore, eventually discovering a mall that is filled with creepy almost-human mannequins. As the two search the six floors of the mall, Loki opens up to Holden with a bit of insight into how he died, and Holden does the same. The boys find a sporting goods store and stock up on clothes and semi-weapons such as baseball bats to take back to the group, but find that the mannequins have moved around since they last saw them, adding an element of unease to the safe haven of the mall. When the group reunites, the decision to stay is unanimous, and everyone is able to celebrate, relax, and breathe safely for the time being. But just who is keeping this mysterious city going and are they as dangerous as the Caretakers?

The only downside I saw to this episode was Inez. She has retained the top spot of least favorite character in this series, unfortunately. But at least she's consistent, right? At one point, she did try to thank Holden for doing something, but it was very forced and didn't feel sincere at all. She is loud, obnoxious, reckless, and is still trying to be a leader to a group of people that she hardly knows, let alone cares about. As for Loki, he was definitely up there as one of my least favorite characters in previous episodes, but I feel like he's somewhat redeemed himself from this episode. He's still stubborn, but I feel like he was really able to open up and get comfortable with Holden while they were exploring the city together. It was nice to learn more about what happened with Loki, although it was sad and certainly had me wanting to give him a hug. But by the end, Loki was happy and said that he had never felt more alive, which gave me hope that maybe things will get better for him as the episodes go on. If anything, Loki was just misunderstood and was put into a situation that he didn't know how to handle. Granted, so was everyone else, but Loki seemed to have a pretty difficult time trying to fit in and find his place in the group. This episode felt like his shining moment, and he was able to really step up and find where he belonged.

The city that the group is exploring feels like it's almost on autopilot. Outside of the city itself, things are overgrown and animals are running wild. But inside, it's clean and almost futuristic, with everything moving and working such as lights, moving sidewalks, escalators in the mall, and possibly even the mannequins. The feeling that someone is keeping up with the city is very prevalent, but the group hasn't made contact with anyone since arriving, outside of the Caretakers of course. It really makes the reader wonder just what the group has stumbled upon, and is it possible that it's more dangerous than the Caretakers? Despite the ominous feeling of possibly being watched, it was nice to see the group get some relief from all of the running and death that they've had to experience so far.

As with previous episodes written by E.C. Myers, I really enjoyed the writing. I always feel like I'm getting the perfect amount of description about what's happening without going overboard, and there's also never a shortage of humor thrown in. Even though the situation that the group is in is terrifying, it's always good to see that at least one person has a sense of humor and can keep people laughing. E.C. Myers certainly was able to take Loki, a character I didn't really care for, and make him into someone that I cared about. The backstory was so well written, and gave a really good understanding about why Loki is the way that he is, and also allowed the reader to sympathize with him and almost understand why he's been acting the way that he has been throughout the series. I came into this episode not terribly excited about reading another Loki episode, and I finished with a smile on my face.

With all of the ups and downs that have been happening since the first episode, I feel like We're Dead in this Ghost Town is an up. We got more insight into Loki, explored part of the mysterious city that seems to be run by no one, saw a friendship develop between Loki and Holden, and learned that even someone who has been stubborn and grouchy since the beginning can have a sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, especially the lighthearted ending, and I'm curious to see where things go from here. Hopefully, we'll get some answers as to just who (or what) is keeping that city running!

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