Sunday, June 17, 2012

REVIEW Revived by Cat Patrick

Revived
by Cat Patrick
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
May 8, 2012

As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.

This book was WAY more serious than I anticipated it to be, and it was SO GOOD because of that fact.  I'm not sure what I was expecting, but Revived went above and beyond my expectations.  I think I was expecting something kind of fluffy, something where Daisy is kind of learning what she can do as she's drawn into a whole Reviving society.  I don't know.

But it wasn't that at all.  IT WAS BETTER.

After dying AGAIN, Daisy and her pseudo-parents have picked up and moved.  She's starting over and for once she's actually trying to be normal.  She's going to make friends.  That's where Audrey and Matt come in.  She bonds with Audrey from the get-go, and it doesn't hurt anything that her brother Matt is super-hot.  But as she gets closer to the siblings, she starts to wonder about the thing she's taken for granted ever since she was a kid--the fact that if she dies, it isn't the end.  She's been brought back again and again, and as she gets close to her new friends (and, in Matt's case, something more) the whole issue of morality and mortality start turning over in her mind.

Why does she get to live?  Why has she been chosen to be brought back to life again and again?  And why are the kids that died in the bus crash with her when she was little the only ones who get to use Revive?

But Daisy starts asking too many questions, and before long, everything starts to crumble down around her.

This book had a fabulously unexpected premise.  The bonds that Daisy made with Matt and Audrey were so wonderful.  They were almost difficult to read as Daisy was going through such a hard time as she made such deep connections with people outside the program for the first time in her life.  The science-fiction element in this story was compelling, and the relationships tugged at my heartstrings.

Great read!

-geekgirl




9 comments:

  1. Great review. I loved Forgotten by Cat Patrick and really want to read this one. Glad to hear you thought it was good!

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    1. I liked it a lot. I still haven't read Forgotten though. That one definitely needs to be on my to-read list.

      Thanks for your comment!

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  2. If you don't know me or, my gosh, are inexplicably not a music fan, that...probably means not a thing to you. Or maybe it sounds weird. Basically it just means that I liked Forgotten and Revived so much that I heard distinctive music while I read. A soundtrack, if you will. I'm a music junkie, yes, but not everything makes me think musically.

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  3. I loved this one as well. Definitely not what I was expecting at all. I loved the friendship between her and Audrey. I also really enjoyed when she started actually asking questions and learning things about this program. This was an awesome read! Great review!

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  4. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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  5. Meow awesome post and review. Can u review Cameo by Tanille next? http://cameonia.blogspot.com/

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  6. You obviously know what you’re writing about. Good job.
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  7. I am not one for reading. Then, a few weeks ago I read this review and decided to try to read Revived. The book was sooo good! I usual would read for an hour at most and not be that into the book. However, I started to read this book and had to keep reading. Everytime I went to stop, a chapter would end and I would need to keep reading just to find out what was going to happen. I finished this book and if I wanted I would re-read it. I wish they would make a movie for this book because I would love to see how it would be. This was a very good book! I hope they make a movie for it!

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