Published by Macmillan Children's Books on June 16th 2016
Source: From the publisher
Leon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently moved to London from New York and are struggling to settle into their new school when rumours of an unidentified virus in Africa begin to fill the news. Within a week the virus hits London. The siblings witness people turning to liquid before their eyes, and they run for their lives. A month after touching Earth's atmosphere the virus has assimilated the world's biomass. But the virus isn't their only enemy, and survival is just the first step . . .
When I read it…
I read this in 24 hours, across June 2nd and 3rd.
What I’d heard before I read it:
Less than nothing – I’ve never read any of Scarrow’s other works, and none of my friends have either so I knew nothing going in. The blurb on the proof copy was suitably vague, so basically I knew: scary virus. And that was enough for me to know I had to pick it up!
What worked for me:
- The pacing: From the second I picked this up, I was absolutely hooked. The story picks up steam pretty quickly, and it keeps an intense pace throughout that made it pretty much my priority for every free second I had while I was reading it.
- Leon: I found Leon really easy to relate to: his awkwardness, his frustration, his obsessive googling and anxiety… I connected with Leon straight away.
- The atmosphere: Remade was eerie. It made me want to take up running, learn survival skills and build an underground bunker. Scarrow has painted perfectly a picture of today’s world, which made the spread of the virus and the media suppression of details so much more tense and disturbing.
What didn’t quite work for me:
- The supporting characters: I’m big on characters, and the nature of the virus means this is a book with a rather small cast. Aside from Leon, who I adored, Grace, who I alternated between liking and hating, and their dad, who I liked, I didn’t really connect with any of the other characters. The small cast in Remade meant it wasn’t as big a deal as it could have been in say a book with multiple points of view or a huge cast, but as a character-focused person it’s still a little disappointing.
Remade was an addictive, intense book that I just could not put down. A great start to the series, and you can bet I’ll be looking for a copy of book 2 when it comes out!