ARC Review: Remade

Remade by Alex Scarrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: June 16, 2016

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 . . .

Okay, confession time: I first thought, with that blurb and that cover, that this would be another zombie apocalypse novel. Imagine my pleasant (well, it IS horror, so not that pleasant) surprise when I was right on the apocalypse part, but not the zombies. I mean, I love zombie fiction, but ultimately they boil down to the same thing – they are usually a survival novel. This one, Remade, is about a different kind of organism invading the Earth, killing animal life left and right, and basically causing an extinction of nearly all species. We begin with a multi-perspective view of how the ‘virus’ starts propagating, and how the world goes to waste. The first part is survival-based, with Leon and his family trying to stay alive when a contagion that spreads so fast and so effectively spreads across the world.

Then, in the second arc, we have a group of survivors camping out in an abandoned ski resort, while we also see the contagion evolving, and inherently remaking the world. The science of it all was intriguing to say the least, and plausible from my view (right until that ending, but I’ll come back to that later), indicating a good amount of research spent into creating and imagining this outcome. I love the change of pace and stakes in the second part of the book, focusing on the characters in a time of lull of activity. The third part was, well, more to establish the sequel, and it was done so well I am interested in what the future books will hold, and the directions it can take. And now, I get to the ending – if the science until this point was strong, I felt the ending moment took it more in the realm of paranormal than science fiction, considering the nature of the evolution is a much more complex one, and not so easily replicated. However, I was immensely entertained and terrified by this immersive book, and overall, I would recommend it for all sci-fi aficionados.

Received a free galley from Pan Macmillan, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review/

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