Book Review: Revived
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.
What I loved most as I began reading REVIVED was that, aside from the stunning cover and the interesting summary, I had no idea how I would feel about the book or what I really expected out of it. I am happy to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this book and I am even happier to say that I loved it.
Overall, Revived is a fairly light, character driven read – despise the topic of death and the impending danger that you know is coming. Starting off with one of her “deaths” that forces her to hit the road again, much of the resulting story focuses on Daisy’s adjustment to living in a new town and her interactions with the friends she makes there. The overlying plot builds at a gradual pace as you read and follow Daisy as she attempts to uncover a mystery about the organization that has allowed her to live again and again. One specific side story that occurs in the book seriously caught me off guard, and because of it I can almost guarantee that you’ll shed a few tears while reading. There isn’t really much “science fiction” or dark and creepy story telling going on here, what makes Revived such an outstanding read is the true-to-life questions that the book raises about living, dying and how fragile life really is. At it’s core, that’s what Revived is all about.
I LOVE Daisy. I want her to be my second daughter. It was refreshing to get inside the head of a teenager with a strange… situation…. who really just wants to be a teenager. She’s intelligent, (she blogs!), she has a sweet and sincere personality. She’s just an all-round adorable young lady and I loved following her story. I also love how flippant the author made her toward death. Seriously, she behaved just as I thought one would if they never had to worry about dying “for reals”… Not to say she was a dare devil, more like it was in her words and reactions toward dying.
I also enjoyed the friends she made in Nebraska, Matt and Audrey. Matt was such a nice young man and Audrey’s upbeat personality that perfectly complimented Daisy’s pulled me into her story. In addition, I thrilled at the inclusion of a trans-gender character that was included in the book. Super sassy! Daisy’s “family” also had a solid place in the overall plot. In all, I only had one concern about the characters, and that concern involved one of them being a bit predictable. I knew how this particular character would be implicated in the climax before it even came into play. Though, thank goodness, the climax was no less enjoyable in spite of it.
One thing that surprised me about the places that Daisy and her “family” elected to live is the fact that they seemed to prefer small towns as opposed to larger cities. I would think that a person in her situation would rather live in a large city where the could simply get lost among millions. But then again, I guess they may have been thinking: small town = less danger = less chances of dying? If that’s the logic, then Small Town, USA it is!
Despite the short length of the book, the story advances at a slightly slow pace. A LOT of time is spend developing the kinship between Daisy and her first “real friends”. Yet, it is those friends who become a major part of the story later on, so developing this rapport with them is an integral part of the book. While it did not affect my reading experience, some may be deterred by the lack of dark, fearful, or extremely tense moments throughout the book. (Trust me, these moments will come in abundance at the very end, though!)
I personally love Cat’s writing style. She gives a voice to her characters that makes them sound like our modern youth if they are teens (the text messages were a nice touch to portray their individual personalities), that makes Daisy’s “parents” appear to be disconnected with the world and that makes the reactions of all her characters seem real and not contrived. I was simply devastated at certain parts of the book, thanks to the overall “real-to-life” atmosphere that Cat brings to each situations. Cat also drops in a bit of foreshadowing here and there that I hadn’t realized was foreshadowing until the related events played out. Nice job, Cat, very nice job. Finally, I enjoyed the mystery elements to the story. Sleuthing with Daisy was just plain fun. I just hope that readers who had certain expectations heading into this book (about the techie/dark parts of it) aren’t disappointed about all that stuff being second to the character emphasis.
I am so pleased that I enjoyed REVIVED as much as I did. While this installment certainly wraps up many of the story elements, the ending leaves it open enough that there absolutely MUST be a sequel… I, for one, cannot wait to read more of Daisy’s story.
Posted on May 11, 2012, in Book Review, Four & 1/2 Star and tagged Book, Book Review, Cat Patrick, Forgotten, Four and a Half Stars, Little Brown Books, Revived, Romance, YA, Young Adult. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.