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In a nutshell: coming after you The best horror stories play on our deepest fears, and Alex Scarrow works that brilliantly in this thoroughly unsettling and unputdownable thriller. Leon is smart, and realises early on that something bad is happening: news reports, quickly suppressed, of a virus spreading across the world, are just the start. The virus turns out to be unstoppable, deadly, and – shockingly - to be intelligent. Unease builds as we watch the civilisation we trust collapse in days leaving Leon and a few other survivors isolated and terrified. Skilfully written, this puts the disturbing back into dystopia. Readers will find themselves going from tense to tenser, and will need strong stomachs for some scenes.
At first they think it is some sort of disease – a strange viral outbreak in a remote part of Africa, barely even reported in the news. No one else in the UK seems remotely concerned - apart from Leon, who is already having to deal with the fallout of his parents’ separation, and adjust to his new home in England.
Then the disease begins to spread, reaching towns and cities, killing anything that comes into contact with it within hours. People start to call it a plague, searching desperately for a cure whilst putting those affected into quarantine to try and contain it.
But this is no disease, virus or plague. There is no cure. And there is no way to contain it. As panic spreads as quickly as the thing that’s caused it, Leon finds himself on the run with his beloved little sister, Grace, desperate to find some way to survive. But how do you run from something that is evolving hourly and becoming more and more intelligent. So intelligent that it can mimic anything that it’s already killed…
This is the perfect novel for fans of The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later and Darren Shan’s Zom-B series.
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A superb doomsday thriller for children - this is Stephen King suitably toned down for younger readers - edge of your seat stuff, brilliantly written... -- Books Monthly
Tingling with tension, super-charged and fast-paced, there won't be a second to lose until the last page has turned... -- Pam Norfolk Lancashire Evening Post
Crisply and confidently written and never less than compelling even in its ickier sequences, Remade is unreservedly recommended - but for youngsters and adults with strong stomachs and sturdy constitutions only Starburst Magazine
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! -- Geeky Zoo Girl Blog
The theme of survival in a post-apocalyptic world is a familiar one but the twists in this story, which is packed with contemporary detail and just enough real science to validate it, make it so close to convincing that even cynical readers may be unnerved. -- BookTrust
|Publication date:||16th June 2016|
|Publisher:||Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Alex Scarrow used to be a rock guitarist. After ten years in various unsuccessful bands, he ended up working in the computer games industry as a lead games designer. He is now a full-time writer. Alex is the author of the bestselling TimeRiders series, published by Puffin, which has been sold into over thirty foreign territories. TimeRiders won a Red House Children's Book Award, the Catalyst Award and the Hampshire Book Award, and was a finalist for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year. He lives in Norwich with his son, Jacob and his wife, Frances. In his spare ...More About Alex Scarrow