Sunday, July 7, 2013

Review: Revived

"It started with a bus crash.
Daisy Appleby was a little girl when it happened, and she barely remembers the accident or being brought back to life. At that moment, though, she became one of the first subjects in a covert government program that tests a drug called Revive.

Now fifteen, Daisy has died and been Revived five times. Each death means a new name, a new city, a new identity. The only constant in Daisy's life is constant change.

Then Daisy meets Matt and Audrey McKean, charismatic siblings who quickly become her first real friends. But if she's ever to have a normal life, Daisy must escape from an experiment that's much larger--and more sinister--than she ever imagined.

From its striking first chapter to its emotionally charged ending, Cat Patrick's Revived is a riveting story about what happens when life and death collide." -Goodreads

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Page Count: 336
Would Appeal To: Those who like witness relocation program type stories plus a little mystery

Favorite Quote:

"...instead I zone out, pulled away by thoughts of Matt's hair. Of his tanned arms and the wide, industrial-hip watch that looks like it was made specifically for his arm."

Things I Loved:

  • The premise. You can die over and over and have no fear of not coming back to life? What a cool idea to explore. This has elements of sci-fi I can get onboard with. 
  • There were at least three twists I can think of through the story. 
  • Matt's super cute and says really frustrating things sometimes. He's truly the boy next door plucked right out of real life.
  • As Daisy investigates the bus crash victims from so many years ago, she learns more about the Revive project and God, the maker. I enjoyed being a part of her discoveries. It was fun to try to put the pieces together of case file 22. 
  • Daisy and Megan's friendship is effortless, even though it's not one of the main focuses of the story. It's always in the background, the one friend Daisy can rely on, who truly understands who she is and where she came from. And that she's died five times. The two have a blog where they take opposing sides on different issues. Reading their texts and hearing about their blog posts added some light energy to the story.
  • Mason is such a cool dad. He's not Daisy's real dad, just the agent assigned to her. There are some mushy but genuine father-daughter I really appreciate you moments that pass between them.
  • Audrey is so cool. Another one of those friendships that seems to have a life of its own. It's natural and fun. She is down to earth and happy. I was so excited that Daisy had a friend at her new school, since she was usually a loner. It's too dangerous for her to get close to anyone.
  • There are some life-is-so-unfair moments I felt as the reader, but Cat Patrick did justice in the writing and telling of the story, otherwise, I wouldn't have been so emotional.
What bugged me:
  • Two of the twists were predictable.

I enjoyed this book and read it pretty fast on a plane. It makes me even more excited to read Patrick's Forgotten, which received a lot of praise and was recommended by Jay Asher.

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