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Review: ‘Revived’ by Cat Patrick

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Revived’ by Cat PatrickRevived by Cat Patrick
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on May 8th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from publisher
four-stars
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.

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review

Rather slow in the beginning, and there wasn’t as much plot development in the middle of the book, so pacing sure was slow. Then all of a sudden, the ending came and finally some development appeared. I just wished there was more focus on the mystery of the entire operation. I was thinking it was this huge conspiracy, and evil was amiss with the leaders and all the agents, but I’m guessing my imagination ran away with me. It didn’t matter if this book caught my eye when perusing GoodReads for new titles. It didn’t matter that it had a cover that was so gorgeous and a colour so bright that I had to pick it up when it came out. Nope the premise of this story was exactly my cup of tea. Action, suspense, intrigue, all rolled into one book! Then to my surprise, I enjoyed Daisy explaining what the Revive program was about and thinking of all these repercussions. Is she adopted? Who are her real parents? Won’t people ever find out about her? How would it affect her emotionally? I had a lot of questions. I really wanted to give this book a perfect rating, but the lack of action in the middle parts just dropped the rating down one star.

As for the characters, holy Toledo! Teenage hormones abound! Daisy sure lives to fantasize about Matt! I mean read this quote:

I think of the fact that he has the nicest boy feet I’ve ever seen…not that I’ve seen a lot of them. (64)

My face resembled a web of confusion. What did his feet have to with anything? (Maybe I’m just being bitter because in my opinion, feet are not pretty to look at.) I love the friendship that Daisy starts with Audrey. Finally Daisy gets to develop a relationship with a person and not run away again. It felt real, and all the little things they did were exact, shopping trips included. I did manage to enjoy the “father/daughter” relationship between Daisy and Mason, and having him as her guardian made her life so much easier.

Cat Patrick sure knows how to develop great relationships! Lastly, I was glad this was a stand-alone book and it ended just right. I do wish my questions were answered. Maybe I’ll imagine they were resolved in my head.


quotes

The guy is flat-out, undeniably, unbelievably hot. (34)
The way I see it is that I don’t want to know people who didn’t want to know me. (54)

rating

4/5

four-stars

1 Comment

  1. Grace Lo

    October 11, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    I myself did like the book very much as well, although, yes, some background info would be a lot more helpful. Another issue was that I thought the sci-fi part of the book was played up a bit too much; I found the best part of the book to be the character’s relationships instead of the science-y stuff . . . In conclusion, Revived was a very good book, but a bit shy of a 5/5.

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