History Literature / Remnants

17th Dec '15 6:53:29 PM sabrina_diamond
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* SwallowedWhole: Tate's own ability to "go Mouth"
3rd Dec '15 7:54:04 AM crazysamaritan
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* TheBechdelTest: Surprising for something aimed mainly at boys, the series passes with flying colors. There are numerous female characters and they are given a lot of depth and development.
20th May '15 10:46:55 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Written by Creator/KAApplegate and Creator/MichaelGrant the co-authors of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', ''Remnants'' is a 14-book Young Adult series published in the early 2000s. The series ''begins'' with a giant asteroid called "The Rock" striking Earth, obliterating the planet and all life on it. A last, desperate gambit by humanity is enacted, The Mayflower, a space shuttle rapidly retrofitted with experimental technology, including hybernation berths. Eighty people are shot off into space for the distant hope that someday, they can awaken and find a new planet to refound human civilization on. When they're plucked from space by a sentient super-ship called "Mother", and come into contact with the aliens that call her home, the series proper begins. No one gets out without sacrificing their body or sanity in some manner.

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Written by Creator/KAApplegate and Creator/MichaelGrant the (the co-authors of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', ''Literature/{{Everworld}}''), ''Remnants'' is a 14-book Young Adult series published in the early 2000s. The series ''begins'' with a giant asteroid called "The Rock" striking Earth, obliterating the planet and all life on it. A last, desperate gambit by humanity is enacted, The Mayflower, a space shuttle rapidly retrofitted with experimental technology, including hybernation berths. Eighty people are shot off into space for the distant hope that someday, they can awaken and find a new planet to refound human civilization on. When they're plucked from space by a sentient super-ship called "Mother", and come into contact with the aliens that call her home, the series proper begins. No one gets out without sacrificing their body or sanity in some manner.
1st Mar '15 8:54:42 PM DrakeClawfang
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* BigBadShuffle: The main antagonist changes several times, and includes Mother, The Baby, Yago, the Troika, and [[spoiler:a few of the human survivors on Earth.]]

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* BigBadShuffle: TheBigBadShuffle: The main antagonist changes several times, and includes Mother, The Baby, Yago, the Troika, and [[spoiler:a few of the human survivors on Earth.]]
1st Mar '15 7:55:40 PM nitpickeryandsuch
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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: D-Caf]] does this to [[Anamull]]; he just intended to scare him, but lost control of his mutation.

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: D-Caf]] does this to [[Anamull]]; [[spoiler: Anamull]]; he just intended to scare him, but lost control of his mutation.
15th Jan '15 11:22:34 PM DrakeClawfang
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In the first book, nearly everyone dies. Then, it gets worse. Written by Creator/KAApplegate and Creator/MichaelGrant the co-authors of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', ''Remnants'' is a 14-book Young Adult series about what happens when a giant asteroid (the Rock) hits Earth. As Mo'Steel says, those kids from ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' have nothing on some of the people in this group.

Eighty individuals are able to secure a berth on the ''Mayflower'', an ancient space shuttle that was refitted with every possible bit of experimental technology that may or may not work, and NASA's last-ditch effort to save some small remnant of the human race. Most of them die in the 500 years between the destruction of Earth and when they are picked up by a sentient spaceship, driven insane by her loneliness. Mother downloads the data -- as much art and history as NASA could compile on short notice -- of the ship, and proceeds to create a series of less than safe environments in which her new playthings can amuse her. Eventually, the Remnants conclude that the only way to survive is to gain control of Mother, but they're not the only group with that goal in mind...

Of course, that's just the first half. ''Remnants'' is a dark series, with violent deaths in nearly every book. Aside from the art history and group politics, this is what happens when you combine LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters with AnyoneCanDie. The author promised that Jobs and Mo'Steel would survive; anyone else is fair game.

And yes, believe it or not, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids this is a kids series.]] That does not stop it from being one of the darkest things ever written.

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In the first book, nearly everyone dies. Then, it gets worse. Written by Creator/KAApplegate and Creator/MichaelGrant the co-authors of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', ''Remnants'' is a 14-book Young Adult series about what happens when published in the early 2000s. The series ''begins'' with a giant asteroid (the Rock) hits called "The Rock" striking Earth, obliterating the planet and all life on it. A last, desperate gambit by humanity is enacted, The Mayflower, a space shuttle rapidly retrofitted with experimental technology, including hybernation berths. Eighty people are shot off into space for the distant hope that someday, they can awaken and find a new planet to refound human civilization on. When they're plucked from space by a sentient super-ship called "Mother", and come into contact with the aliens that call her home, the series proper begins. No one gets out without sacrificing their body or sanity in some manner.

The series is roughly divided into two arcs, though it is a continuous narrative. The first seven books deal with the group attempting to take control of Mother, while the second batch of seven deals with their returns to the broken ruins of
Earth. As Along the way they deal with internal power struggles, mutations, war, violence, trauma, and MindRape. Additionally, as Mo'Steel says, those the kids from ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' have nothing on this group. Everyone has secrets, personality flaws, hidden agendas, and some of are just plain crazy, and despite the people in this group.

Eighty individuals are able to secure a berth on
fact the ''Mayflower'', an ancient space shuttle that was refitted with every possible bit of experimental technology that may or may not work, group dwindles daily, there's still plays for power and NASA's last-ditch effort to save some small remnant of the human race. Most of them die in the 500 years between the destruction of Earth and when they are picked up by a sentient spaceship, driven insane by her loneliness. Mother downloads the data -- as much art and history as NASA could compile on short notice -- of the ship, and proceeds to create a series of less than safe environments in which her new playthings can amuse her. Eventually, the Remnants conclude that the only way to survive is to gain control of Mother, but they're not the only group with that goal in mind...

Of course, that's just the first half.
being made.

''Remnants'' is a dark series, with violent deaths in nearly every book. Aside from the art history and group politics, this is what happens when you combine LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters with AnyoneCanDie. The author promised that Jobs and Mo'Steel would survive; anyone else is fair game.

game. And yes, believe it or not, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids this is a kids series.]] That does not stop it from being one of the darkest things ever written.
written. Unfortunately, the series is a shining example of TheChrisCarterEffect: expect numerous plot points and mysteries to go unsolved and character arcs to be brought to a screeching halt when someone is killed off or a shocking twist is revealed. This culminates in a GainaxEnding of the highest order.



* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Survival'', starring Tate, who is more or less a {{Recurrer}} otherwise.
** [[spoiler: ADeathInTheLimelight]]
* AGodAmI: Yago
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: D-Caf does this to Anamull.]]
* ActionSurvivor: All of the Remnants.
* AdultsAreUseless: Olga, Mo'Steel's mom, is the only adult who isn't completely useless, but she's pretty close. Everyone else is entirely useless, especially Wylson, Violet's mom, who only makes everything worse by trying to take power. [[spoiler: In the end, all the adults but Olga die anyway.]]
* [[spoiler: AfterTheEnd: The state of post-Rock Earth.]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: The Mother.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Kubrick's feelings toward 2Face.
* [[AmbiguouslyGay Ambiguously Lesbian]]: Tate

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* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Survival'', starring Tate, who is more or less a {{Recurrer}} otherwise.
** [[spoiler: ADeathInTheLimelight]]
* AGodAmI: Yago
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: D-Caf does this to Anamull.
otherwise. [[spoiler:Also ends up being ADeathInTheLimelight.]]
* AGodAmI: Yago comes to think he's a messianic god destined to lead humanity.
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: D-Caf]] does this to [[Anamull]]; he just intended to scare him, but lost control of his mutation.
* ActionSurvivor: All of the Remnants.
Remnants are human beings, and a ''small'' handful have experience in fighting or physical activity. Yet a surprising number of them survive a long time.
* AdultsAreUseless: Olga, Mo'Steel's mom, is the only adult who isn't completely useless, but she's pretty close. close since she does little of actual importance. Everyone else is entirely useless, especially Wylson, Violet's mom, who only makes everything worse by trying to take power.run the group when she's obviously got no clue what she's doing. [[spoiler: In the end, all the adults but Olga die anyway.]]
* [[spoiler: AfterTheEnd: The state entire series starts with Earth being destroyed, and picks up with the handful of post-Rock Earth.]]
survivors that escape.d
* AIIsACrapshoot: Mother is a sentient ship/computer that has spent centuries, perhaps millennium, wandering space. With no sensory input, she ended up [[GoMadFromTheIsolation Going Mad From The Mother.
Isolation]].
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Kubrick's feelings toward 2Face.
Kubrick loves 2Face, but she doesn't feel the same, as the main reason Kubrick loves her is her deformity.
* [[AmbiguouslyGay Ambiguously Lesbian]]: TateAmbiguouslyGay: Tate has a ''very'' close friendship with Tamara, but it's not clear if it's deeper than that.



* AnyoneCanDie

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* AnyoneCanDieAnyoneCanDie: Aside from Jobs and Mo'Steel, no one is safe. The human characters die often and without warning.



* AwesomeMcCoolName: Some of the survivors have this, but Mo'Steel takes the cake. Even he's not sure if it stands for "More Steel" or "Man of Steel" (he's broken so many bones most of them are made of metal now).
* [[spoiler: BabiesEverAfter]]
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: At one point, Yago, Amelia, and Tate all telepathically fight over who should take control of Tate's body. And they also drive Charlie insane.]]
* TheBechdelTest: Surprising for something aimed mainly at boys, the series passes with flying colors.
* BerserkButton: Do not mess with Mo'steel's mom. This is a lesson that [[spoiler:Rattler learns the hard way]].
* BigBadEnsemble: Mother and The Baby, Mother controlling the ship and manipulating the Remnants and The Baby trying to take control of it. [[spoiler:After Billy merges with Mother and The Baby is killed, the Troika and Yago become this trope.]]
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Riders and the Slizzers.
* BizarroEpisode: [[invoked]] Subverted. ''The Mayflower Project'' is fairly normal, all things considered, so it looks like ''Destination Unknown'' is going to be one of these. And then you realize that ''every book in the series is going to be like that.''
* BlessedWithSuck: Billy. Also, the mutations, especially Violet's and Tate's, and ''especially'' the Troika.
* BodyHorror
* [[spoiler: BuryYourGays: See ya, Tate.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Hey...whatever happened to D-Caf after he accidentally [[spoiler:kills Anamull]]?
* ColonyDrop: The Rock.
* CrapsackWorld: Anything that can go wrong in this series does.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Virtually every death in the series, but one standout is [[spoiler: Big Bill's death. Worms ''eat his leg'' from the inside out, while he remains completely able to feel pain. The worms then spread to the rest of the body, and Billy does a MercyKill.]]
* CuteAndPsycho: Yago is described (by himself) to be one of the most desirable teenagers on the planet, starting all sorts of trends and having tons of fangirls.
** FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon
* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Jobs and Echo's daughter, Tate.]]

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* AwesomeMcCoolName: Some of the survivors have this, but as in the future taking a new name is essentially the fashion trend of the decade. Mo'Steel takes the cake. Even cake; he's not sure if it stands for "More Steel" or "Man of Steel" (he's broken so many bones most of them are made of metal now).
now), but he fits under either definition. His birth name, "Romeo Gonzales," is also cool.
* [[spoiler: BabiesEverAfter]]
BabiesEverAfter: The ending epilogue recounts the survivors have children now.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: At one point, Yago, [[spoiler:Yago, Amelia, and Tate Tate]] all telepathically fight over who should take control of Tate's body. And the body they also drive Charlie insane.]]
share.
* TheBechdelTest: Surprising for something aimed mainly at boys, the series passes with flying colors.
colors. There are numerous female characters and they are given a lot of depth and development.
* BerserkButton: Do not mess with Mo'steel's mom. This is a lesson that [[spoiler:Rattler [[spoiler:Rattler]] learns the hard way]].
way.
* BigBadEnsemble: Mother BigBadShuffle: The main antagonist changes several times, and includes Mother, The Baby, Mother controlling Yago, the ship Troika, and manipulating [[spoiler:a few of the Remnants and The Baby trying to take control of it. [[spoiler:After Billy merges with Mother and The Baby is killed, the Troika and Yago become this trope.human survivors on Earth.]]
* BigBadWannabe: Yago is a candidate for main antagonist, but only by virtue of being the most recurring one; he actually doesn't do much in terms of seizing power, and the few chances he gets to do so, he bungles it and is put in his place by the more dangerous villains.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Riders and the Slizzers.
* BizarroEpisode: [[invoked]] Subverted. ''The Mayflower Project'' is fairly normal, all things considered, so it looks like ''Destination Unknown'' is going
Slizzers are described as giant insects. Slizzers are implied to be one of these. And then you realize that ''every book in the series is going to be like that.''
* BlessedWithSuck: Billy. Also, the mutations, especially Violet's and Tate's, and ''especially'' the Troika.
* BodyHorror
* [[spoiler: BuryYourGays: See ya, Tate.
[[spoiler:mutated cockroaches.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Billy has psychic powers that drive him insane and back again. Also, the mutations, especially Violet's and Tate's, and ''especially'' the Troika, are not the kind they like having.
* BodyHorror: Characters lose limbs, get impaled, mutilated, etc, in horrific detail.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Hey...whatever happened to D-Caf ''vanishes'' from the series after he accidentally [[spoiler:kills Anamull]]?
Anamull]], and is not seen in the last three books, not even a mention in the epilogue. It unfortunately seems the author just forgot about him.
* ColonyDrop: The Rock.
Rock is an asteroid that hits Earth.
* CrapsackWorld: Anything that can go wrong in this series does.
does. There's a ''very'' short reprieve in Book 8 when the group has finally taken control of the ship and is leading semi-normal lives in a recreation of an urban neighborhood, but it only lasts until the end of that book and there are still some problems brewing.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Virtually every death in the series, but one standout is [[spoiler: Big Bill's death. Worms ''eat his leg'' from the inside out, while he remains completely able to feel pain. The worms then spread to the rest of the body, and Billy does a MercyKill.]]
MercyKill by shutting down his mind.
* CuteAndPsycho: Yago is described (by himself) to be one of the most desirable teenagers on the planet, starting all sorts of trends and having tons of fangirls.
** FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon
fangirls. He's also an egomaniac with a strong ability to manipulate and control others. Doubles for FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon in this.
* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Jobs and Echo's daughter, Tate.Echo]]'s daughter is named after [[spoiler:Tate.]]



* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Billy does it sometimes.

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* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Billy does it sometimes.has psychic dreams to this effect sometimes. He had these ''before'' he went insane aboard the Mayflower, by the way.



* DwindlingParty: They only sent eighty people in the first place, more than half of them died on the way there, and AnyoneCanDie is in full effect for the thirty-some-odd people who made it to Mother. Not ''everyone'' dies in the end, and some more characters turn up when [[spoiler:they return to Earth]], but only seven of the Mayflower's passengers survive to the end.
** If you're curious, the survivors are Jobs, Mo'Steel, [[spoiler: Olga, Edward, Violet, Noyze, Roger Dodger,]] and, though there's some doubt about him, [[spoiler: D-Caf according to the Wikipedia article about the series.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: A large number of the characters have serious psychological problems. Some were like that on Earth (like Yago and 2Face), others got that way either because of the mutations or what they experienced during the trip (like Billy). Being the last survivors of Earth and subsequently getting put through hell wouldn't be good for anyone's psyche, mind you.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first book is the only one where nobody dies violently, although it technically has the highest body count of any book in the series, since every human on Earth dies in it.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The characters go through endless hell, yet at the end of the series, [[spoiler:Earth has been restored to its former beauty and everyone living a peaceful existence]].
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Rock causes one.
* [[spoiler: EarthThatWas: Turns out that Earth is still habitable, if only just barely.]]

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* DwindlingParty: They only sent eighty people in the first place, more than half of them died on the way there, and AnyoneCanDie is in full effect for the thirty-some-odd people who made it to Mother. Not ''everyone'' dies in the end, and some more characters turn up when [[spoiler:they return to Earth]], but only seven of the Mayflower's passengers survive to the end.
**
end. If you're curious, the survivors are Jobs, Mo'Steel, [[spoiler: Olga, Edward, Violet, Noyze, and Roger Dodger,]] and, though there's some doubt about him, [[spoiler: Dodger]]. D-Caf according to the Wikipedia article about the series.]]
suffered from ChuckCunninghamSyndrome, so strictly speaking he never died, either.
* DysfunctionJunction: A large number of the characters have serious psychological problems.problems and limited social skills. Some were like that on Earth (like Yago and 2Face), others got that way either because of the mutations or what they experienced during the trip (like Billy). Being the last survivors of Earth and subsequently getting put through hell wouldn't be good for anyone's psyche, mind you.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first book is the only one where nobody dies violently, although it technically has the highest body count of any book in the series, since every human on Earth dies in it.
it. It's also the only one where the plot approaches what could be called "normal."
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The characters go through endless hell, yet at the end of the series, [[spoiler:Earth has been restored to its former beauty and everyone is living a peaceful existence]].
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Rock causes one.
one. Literally; Earth splits apart in a huge explosion.
* [[spoiler: EarthThatWas: Turns A later story arc involves them returning to Earth to see what became of it after The Rock hit. [[spoiler:Turns out that Earth is still habitable, if only just barely.]]



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The beginning.
* EnsembleCast

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The beginning.
beginning of the series is this.
* EnsembleCastEnsembleCast: Though Jobs is the central hero, there is a large and diverse cast with their own stories going on around him.



** Jobs --> Jake
** Mo'Steel --> Marco/Rachel
** Billy --> Tobias
** 2Face --> Rachel (with the crazy amped up to ten)
*** A closer parallel might be 2Face --> Taylor/Sub-Visser Fifty-Two. Taylor is explicitly set up as a foil to Rachel, and the changes that make her a foil to Rachel also make her more similar to 2Face - namely the extra crazy, massive physical damage from a fire, and a concern with being, essentially, popular.
** In a bit of a more subtle example, Violet --> Ax, both are the "alien" ones (she is member of the Jane Austen-inspired clique that rejects modern technology) with very convenient knowledge of the world they find themselves stuck in (loves art, and so can identify which paintings they're in and why it might kill them).

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** Jobs --> Jake
-> Jake, as level-headed TheHero.
** Mo'Steel --> Marco/Rachel
-> Marco/Rachel, as the snarky action-inclined [[TheLancer Lancer]].
** Billy --> Tobias
-> Tobias, as the estranged and tormented outsider.
** 2Face --> Rachel (with the crazy amped up to ten)
*** A closer parallel might be 2Face --> Taylor/Sub-Visser Fifty-Two. Taylor is explicitly set up as a foil to
-> Rachel, and the changes that make her a foil to Rachel also make her more similar to 2Face - namely the extra crazy, massive physical damage from a fire, and a concern with being, essentially, popular.
Rachel's negative traits ramped up to create a crazed DarkActionGirl.
** In Violet -> Cassie, as the emotional core of the group. Also a bit of a more subtle example, Violet --> one for Ax, both are as the "alien" ones (she is member of alien ship creates environments based on classical art and thus she ends up acting as MrExposition to the Jane Austen-inspired clique that rejects modern technology) with very convenient knowledge of the world they find themselves stuck in (loves art, and so can identify which paintings they're in and why it might kill them).group.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Several.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Several.Several characters end up wishing they were dead after what they went through. A few get their wish eventually, given AnyoneCanDie.



* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: [[spoiler: Mark's death.]]
* FiveManBand: It doesn't take too long for one to develop.
** TheHero: Jobs
** TheLancer: 2-Face
** TheSmartGuy: Mo'Steel, although he doesn't always use his intelligence.
** TheChick: Violet
** TheBigGuy: Billy, more in terms of powers than in actual size.

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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: [[spoiler: Mark's death.]]
* FiveManBand: It doesn't take too long for one to develop.
** TheHero: Jobs
** TheLancer: 2-Face
** TheSmartGuy: Mo'Steel, although he doesn't always use his intelligence.
** TheChick: Violet
** TheBigGuy: Billy, more in terms of powers than in actual size.



* FrickinLaserBeams: The Blue Meanies shoot them. They turn out to be [[InstantDeathBullet Instant Death Bullets]], as demonstrated by [[spoiler: Shy's death.]]

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* FrickinLaserBeams: The Blue Meanies shoot them. They turn out to be [[InstantDeathBullet Instant Death Bullets]], as demonstrated by [[spoiler: Shy's [[spoiler:Shy's death.]]



* [[spoiler: GainaxEnding]]

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* [[spoiler: GainaxEnding]]GainaxEnding: Hooooo boy, a classic example. [[spoiler:After returning to Earth and somehow Mother has traveled through time to crash on Earth and be a ruin worshiped by the Marauders, some sort of "ritual" is performed using Echo's baby, Mother, Billy, and "the Missing Five" that Billy somehow carries inside him. Whatever this ritual entails is never clear, but in the epilogue it apparently has restored life to Earth and we have BabiesEverAfter]]. And that's not getting into the many plot points that go unresolved.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: There's an enormous amount of violence and NightmareFuel in the series, and even some [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalism]]. According to WordOfGod, no one at Scholastic other than the editor really read any of them.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: It's a common theme in the series. For one thing, it's the reason that Mother is so insane. Billy seems to have avoided [[BoredWithInsanity ultimately]] going completely unhinged, but it definitely affected his head. Although it's hard to tell what's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane mundane trauma and what's him being]] TouchedByVorlons.
** Alberto [=DiSalvo=] suffers from this when he tries to interact with Mother.
* TheGrotesque: How Kubrick views himself. And how everyone else views 2Face.
* [[spoiler: HappilyEverAfter: Assuming you survived to the end of the series, you actually got a pretty good ending, all things considered.]]

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: There's an enormous amount of violence and NightmareFuel in the series, and even some [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalism]]. According to WordOfGod, no one at Scholastic other than the editor really read any of them.
them, and it shows. While the "young adults" rating of ages 12-18 is not wrong, the series is pushed up against the far right of that scale.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: It's a common theme in the series. For one thing, it's the reason that Mother is so insane. Billy seems to have avoided [[BoredWithInsanity ultimately]] going completely unhinged, but it definitely affected his head. Although it's hard to tell what's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane mundane trauma and what's him being]] TouchedByVorlons.
** Alberto [=DiSalvo=] suffers from this when he tries to interact with Mother.
TouchedByVorlons.
* TheGrotesque: How Kubrick views himself. himself, due to, you know, having see-through synthetic skin that shows his organs. And how everyone else views 2Face.
2Face due to her face.
* [[spoiler: HappilyEverAfter: Assuming you survived to the end of the series, you actually got a pretty good ending, all things considered.]]considered. A GainaxEnding, but a happy one.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The Remnants manage to force Mother to turn into The Daughter, who helps them get back to Earth.]]
* TheHeroDies: The books don't shy away from killing ''major'' characters, most surprisingly [[spoiler: 2Face]].
* HideYourLesbians: Tate's sexuality was ambiguous, as were her feelings toward Tamara. Her lesbianism was more explicit in the unedited versions, as discussed [[http://morphz9768.yuku.com/topic/964/t/Remnants-7-Isolation-SPOILER-THREAD.html here.]]
* HorrorHunger[=/=][[spoiler: CannibalismSuperPower: Tate's ability is that whenever she's afraid, her mouth becomes ''enormous'' and she tries to eat whoever is threatening her. This results in her eating Yago, Charlie, and Amelia.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: Tamara's "baby".
* IAmAHumanitarian: Tamara's baby needs to eat people to get power to fight the Riders.
** Also, [[spoiler: Tate's mutation involves her eating people that threaten her. Yago, Charlie, and Amelia all get eaten, eventually.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Big Bill.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: TheHeroDies: The books don't shy away from killing ''major'' characters, most surprisingly [[spoiler: The Remnants manage 2Face and Billy]] in the final book.
* HideYourLesbians: Tate's sexuality was ambiguous, as were her feelings toward Tamara, but she was intended
to force Mother be as least bi-sexual with an interest in Tamara.
* HorrorHunger: [[spoiler:Tate]]'s ability is that whenever she's afraid, her mouth becomes ''enormous'' and she tries
to turn into The Daughter, who helps them get back to Earth.eat whoever is threatening her. This results in her eating [[spoiler:Yago, Charlie, and Amelia.]]
* TheHeroDies: The books don't shy away from killing ''major'' characters, most surprisingly [[spoiler: 2Face]].
* HideYourLesbians: Tate's sexuality was ambiguous, as were her feelings toward Tamara. Her lesbianism was more explicit in the unedited versions, as discussed [[http://morphz9768.yuku.com/topic/964/t/Remnants-7-Isolation-SPOILER-THREAD.html here.]]
* HorrorHunger[=/=][[spoiler: CannibalismSuperPower: Tate's ability is that whenever she's afraid, her mouth becomes ''enormous'' and she tries to eat whoever is threatening her. This results in her eating Yago, Charlie, and Amelia.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: Tamara's "baby".
"baby" is humanoid, but clearly ''not'' human.
* IAmAHumanitarian: Tamara's baby needs to eat people to get power to fight the Riders.
**
Riders. Also, [[spoiler: Tate's mutation involves her eating people that threaten her. Yago, Charlie, and Amelia all get eaten, eventually.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Big Bill.
]]



* ImprobableAge: [[spoiler: All but one of the Remnants to make it to the end of the series are kids.]]

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* ImprobableAge: [[spoiler: All but one of the Remnants to make it to the end of the series are kids.teenagers.]]



* {{Jerkass}}: Yago all the time, 2Face sometimes.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: The first book.
* KillEmAll: The entire series. It starts with the death of ''six billion people'' - all but the eighty remnants. Then, over forty of those remnants die, leaving a party of thirty-something people. They [[DwindlingParty have a pretty high body count, too]], leaving the series with only seven characters (possibly eight) alive.
* KudzuPlot
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Originally, it was a big revelation that the Remnants had landed on a ship instead of a planet. But it's been spoiled by so many blurbs and descriptions for the series that it's not really worth hiding here

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* {{Jerkass}}: Yago all the time, 2Face sometimes.
spends most of his time lording his imagined superiority over other people.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: The first book.
* KillEmAll: The entire series. It starts with
book covers the death of ''six billion people'' - all but events leading up to Earth's destruction.
* KudzuPlot: To
the eighty remnants. Then, over forty of those remnants die, leaving a party of thirty-something people. They [[DwindlingParty have a pretty high body count, too]], leaving the series with only seven point it sees like WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants. Plot points and characters (possibly eight) alive.
* KudzuPlot
comes and go as needed, the story swerves several times, many mysteries and ideas are brought up and never resolved... it's a mess.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Originally, it was a big revelation that the Remnants had landed on a ship instead of a planet. But it's been spoiled by so many blurbs and descriptions for the series that it's not really worth hiding herehere.



* MeaningfulName: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Shy]].

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* MeaningfulName: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Shy]].Shy]] Huang, 2Face's dad, is a quiet and meek man.



* MindScrew: ''The entire series'' is full of sudden plot twists and unknown mysteries. It gets exponentially worse once the remnants decide to [[spoiler:return to Earth]], and suddenly the plot becomes almost incoherent.
* [[spoiler: MistakenForApocalypse: Played with. It turns out the Rock didn't destroy the Earth to quite the extent that they thought, but it was definitely an apocalypse.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Nowhere Land'', the Remnants witness a battle between the Blue Meanies and some kind of... squid... things... around a sculpture while they were in an old-fashioned boat. The boat had cannons, so the Remnants decided to win the Meanies' favor by attacking the squids. [[spoiler: But the cannons hit the sculpture, angering the Meanies. This caused them to attack and kill Shy.]]
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: The Mother, for most of the series.
* NobodyPoops: Averted.

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* MindScrew: ''The entire series'' is full of sudden plot twists and unknown mysteries. It gets exponentially worse once the remnants Remnants decide to [[spoiler:return to Earth]], and suddenly the plot becomes almost incoherent.
* [[spoiler: MistakenForApocalypse: Played with. It [[spoiler:It turns out the Rock didn't destroy the Earth to quite the extent that they thought, but it was definitely an apocalypse.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Nowhere Land'', the Remnants witness a battle between the Blue Meanies and some kind of... squid... things... around a sculpture while they were in an old-fashioned boat. The boat had cannons, so the Remnants decided to win the Meanies' favor by attacking the squids. [[spoiler: But the cannons hit the sculpture, angering the Meanies. This caused them to attack and kill Shy.]]
attack.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: The Mother, for most of the series.
series. Interfacing her causes instant MindRape; only Billy can survive it.
* NobodyPoops: Averted.Averted, though it isn't focused on, the need for bowel movements is not hidden.



* OhAndXDies: Inverted; Applegate informed us beforehand that Jobs and Mo'Steel would make it to the end... and that everyone else was fair game.

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* OhAndXDies: Inverted; Applegate informed us beforehand that Jobs and Mo'Steel would make it to the end... and that end; everyone else was fair game.



* PromotionToParent: Pre-series, Mark Melman to D-Caf. During the series, Jobs tries to take this role for Edward.
* PsychicPowers: Billy.
* RedOniBlueOni: Mo'Steel is red, Jobs is blue.
* TheRemnant
* RobbingTheDead
* SapientShip: "Mother" is a sapient starship. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:after having been abandoned by her creators for centuries, she's also kind of ''insane.'']]
* ScrewTheRulesItsTheApocalypse: Almost everyone has this attitude to some extent, but the ones that really do are Mark and D-Caf, who break onto the Mayflower and get a berth so that they can survive. [[spoiler: This doesn't really work out for Mark, who dies before the ship takes off, but it does for D-Caf.]]

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* PromotionToParent: Pre-series, Mark Melman to D-Caf. During the series, Jobs tries to take this role for his brother Edward.
* PsychicPowers: Billy.
Billy has them, though it isn't explained how.
* RedOniBlueOni: Mo'Steel is the action-loving HotBlooded red, Jobs is the intelligent and careful blue.
* TheRemnant
* RobbingTheDead
RobbingTheDead: The group is not shy about taking supplies from their fallen members, as they don't have the luxury to be frugal.
* SapientShip: "Mother" is a sapient starship. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:after after having been abandoned by her creators for centuries, she's also kind of ''insane.'']]
insane.
* ScrewTheRulesItsTheApocalypse: Almost everyone has this attitude to some extent, but the ones that really do are Mark and D-Caf, who break onto the Mayflower and get a berth so that they can survive.survive, rationalizing "what's anyone gonna do?". [[spoiler: This doesn't really work out for Mark, who dies before the ship takes off, but it does for D-Caf.]]



** Possibly an unintentional example, but at one point, Yago describes the Remnants he doesn't like as "Series/FreaksAndGeeks".
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Happens to everybody who dies aboard the Mayflower.
* [[spoiler: ThereIsAnother: The Mayflower survivors think they're the last humans alive until they go back to Earth and meet the Alphas and Marauders.]]
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill
* TimeMarchesOn: The Jobs/Gates discussion Jobs has with an FBI agent makes less sense considering their relative cultural positions in our 2011. There are a couple dozen more details that are also off, but some less than one reading in 2001 might expect, like self driving cars or links (we just didn't head mount them).
* TokenEvilTeammate: Yago. All of the remnants have to work with him to survive, but he's ''definitely'' evil.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: 2Face and Violet respectively.

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** Possibly an unintentional example, but at one point, Yago describes the Remnants he doesn't like as "Series/FreaksAndGeeks".
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Happens to everybody who dies aboard the Mayflower.
* [[spoiler:
ThereIsAnother: The Mayflower survivors think they're the last humans alive until they [[spoiler:they go back to Earth and meet the Alphas and Marauders.]]
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill
* TimeMarchesOn: The Jobs/Gates discussion
TimeMarchesOn:
**
Jobs has took his name in honor of Steve Jobs; at the time the books began, 2000+, Steve Jobs was a comparatively obscure figure. Ten years later, who ''doesn't'' know who he is?
** Played
with an FBI agent makes less sense considering their relative cultural positions in regards to some of the technological advances. Things like "links" (essentially blue-tooth headsets with internet access and video and audio streaming) and self-driving computerized cars were not too out of left-field for a 2000s author imagining the world of 2011, and they still might come around in our 2011. There are a couple dozen more details that are also off, but some less than one reading in 2001 might expect, like self driving cars or links (we just didn't head mount them).
lifetimes, though now several years late.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Yago. All of the remnants have to work with him to survive, but he's ''definitely'' evil.
evil and not trusted.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: 2Face and Violet respectively.is the tomboy to Violet's girly-girl.



* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: All of the kids do this a lot, but Yago in particular.

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* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: All of the kids do this a lot, but Yago in particular. Considering what they go through, not surprising.



* TheUnreveal: We infamously never find out what the Ancient Enemy is or how they got superpowers.

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* TheUnreveal: We infamously never find out The Ancient Enemy, the source of the mutations, the Missing Five, just what the Ancient Enemy is or "Troika" are, Roger Dodger and D-Caf's dreams, how they got superpowers.a Shipwright became Tamara's Baby (or maybe vice-versa), how [[spoiler:Earth possibly reformed and civilization on it survived]]. Yeah, there's a lot of questions left hanging.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Tate's sexuality and feelings for Tamara; Amelia's name was originally "Honey."



* WordOfGay: This is how we know that Tate was originally going to be lesbian.



* TheWormThatWalks: Violet's mutation is the ability to [[spoiler:dissolve in a mass of worms that can actually bring back the dead]]. She eventually [[ContagiousPowers passes it on]] to Rodger Dodger, D-Caf, and 2Face.
** [[spoiler: OurVampiresAreDifferent]]
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Mo'Steel is [[spoiler: chosen to be the leader of the Marauders after he kills their previous leader.]]
** This is also how the Riders' hoverboards work - they're mentally controlled by whichever Rider originally owns them, unless you kill that Rider, at which point, control goes to whoever is riding the board.

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* TheWormThatWalks: Violet's [[spoiler:Violet]]'s mutation is the ability to [[spoiler:dissolve dissolve in a mass of worms that can actually bring back the dead]]. dead. She eventually [[ContagiousPowers passes it on]] to Rodger [[spoiler:Rodger Dodger, D-Caf, and 2Face.
** [[spoiler: OurVampiresAreDifferent]]
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Mo'Steel is [[spoiler: chosen to be the leader of the Marauders after he kills their previous leader.
2Face.]]
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt:
** Mo'Steel is chosen to be the leader of [[spoiler:the Marauders]] after he kills their previous leader.
** This is also how the Riders' hoverboards work - they're mentally controlled by whichever Rider originally owns them, unless you kill that Rider, at which point, control goes to whoever is riding the board.
31st Dec '14 10:25:49 AM nombretomado
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* ElegantGothicLolita: The "Janes", girls who model themselves on JaneAusten characters in dress and manner - represented among the survivors by Miss Violet Blake - are like a somewhat more grown-up version that hasn't been filtered through Japanese culture and puts rather more emphasis on rejecting technology.

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* ElegantGothicLolita: The "Janes", girls who model themselves on JaneAusten Creator/JaneAusten characters in dress and manner - represented among the survivors by Miss Violet Blake - are like a somewhat more grown-up version that hasn't been filtered through Japanese culture and puts rather more emphasis on rejecting technology.
30th Sep '14 10:13:04 AM Headrock
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* PrecisionCrash: In ''The Mayflower Project'', the planet-killing asteroid runs over a comet on its way in. A fragment breaks off and hits San Francisco, killing a minor character whose camera catches the whole thing and blows the secret to the world. The main body of the asteroid hits Portugal.
13th Jul '14 1:54:42 PM TVRulezAgain
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In the first book, nearly everyone dies. Then, it gets worse. Written by Creator/KAApplegate and MichaelGrant the co-authors of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', ''Remnants'' is a 14-book Young Adult series about what happens when a giant asteroid (the Rock) hits Earth. As Mo'Steel says, those kids from ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' have nothing on some of the people in this group.

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In the first book, nearly everyone dies. Then, it gets worse. Written by Creator/KAApplegate and MichaelGrant Creator/MichaelGrant the co-authors of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', ''Remnants'' is a 14-book Young Adult series about what happens when a giant asteroid (the Rock) hits Earth. As Mo'Steel says, those kids from ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' have nothing on some of the people in this group.
20th Jun '14 3:28:07 PM Merlock
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