Friday, July 20, 2012
Revived by Cat Patrick
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.
A cure for death; that was the main premise behind this book. Having never read a book on this topic, I was eager to read it from the start. To add to my eagerness, I had also heard a ton of great things about Cat Patrick's books, so my expectations were fairly high. Luckily, I enjoyed this book quite a bit!
The cover is very different from many covers out there. It had a shade of blue-green that was lighter than the overused black that many YA covers use. It's color sets it apart, and the cover model makes it even more unique, bringing another dimension to it by using the thin, tissue paper-like substance to rip through. This could symbolize so much from the book, whether it was Daisy realizing the unfairness of her being able to come back from death while others died everyday, or how she could lead a normal life even though everyone around her said that she couldn't. The font was very modern looking, bringing a high tech feel to the cover, embodying the feel of the book nicely.
Daisy was my favorite character of this book; she was closed in her own little world at the beginning, but as the book progressed she became more aware of her situation. She realized that death wasn't a normal thing to most people; she could beat it, but others were affected by it dramatically. This growth of character was amazing, she changed her entire personality, bettering herself within the span of the book. Then there were the secondary characters. I really loved Audrey for how honest and nice she was. She became a fast friend for Daisy, not judging her on her secrecy or her crush on her brother, Matt. Matt was fairly interesting, he also helped Daisy grow into the person she was at the end of the book and he was a pretty good love interest.
The one thing that I didn't enjoy about this book was how it was paced. At times it moved very fast, maybe too fast, then it would slow down to a crawl, not holding my attention very well. It was this inconsistency that was the one flaw that held the book back from it's full potential. Apart from the pacing, the story was fairly interesting. The premise was that there was a drug that was being tested on a group of individuals to bring them back to life time after time. I found it to be fairly well delivered upon with a very easy to visualize style of writing to back it up. The writing was some of the best I've seen in a while, it had a style to it that was what kept me reading when the pacing lulled.
I cannot wait to read another one of Cat Patrick's books in the future after really enjoying this one. I loved the fact it was a stand alone book, it ended nicely while still leaving some up to the reader. I'd recommend this book to a person looking for a book set in modern time with a death defying twist. I give Revived a 4/5.