Revived by Cat Patrick
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, May 1, 2012
Read for 2012 Sophomore Challenge and
2012 Standalone Challenge
As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.Another enjoyable novel from Cat Patrick. She has a knack for immersing readers into a wild and mysterious world full of characters that we really care about, and doing it quickly enough that the entire scenario can be wrapped up in just one book. It is so refreshing to finish a book and have the book be finished. Does that make any sense?
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.
Daisy is a likable character. I actually found fault with the summary--she doesn't exactly take extraordinary risks throughout the story. She just has crappy luck and isn't as cautious as she probably could be, but she's not out purposely trying to kill herself over and over again. Having to create a new identity over and over again must get tiring, and not being able to make (or keep) friends is awfully lonely.
There are some pretty realistic aspects to the story, and a lot of ethical questions are raised--why does Daisy get to be revived and not this person? While the story takes place in contemporary times, it does have a feel of science fiction to it--I'd call it sci-fi-lite. The ending was quite interesting, I have to say.
If you're looking for a good, one book story about the things the government might have the capacity to do, Revived is for you.
ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Enjoy your reading!