Author: Cat Patrick
Publisher: Little Brown
May Contain Spoilers
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.
Revived is so not what I was expecting, based on the vibes I got from the cover. I was expecting something creepy and scary, but this book isn’t. It’s the story of a girl who finally learns how to make emotional connections with her peers, how to trust others, but more importantly, it’s the story of a girl who finally realizes how precious life really is.
Daisy has a rather skewed view of death. She’s died five times, and been Revived every time. Starting with a tragic bus accident when she was a young girl, she has been part of a top secret government experiment most of her life. She’s an orphan, and she’s being raised by two agents working on the project. Her life is shrouded in secrecy, and because she has to keep so many things private, she has never really had a friend. When you are constantly forced to up and move, changing your identity, it’s hard to put down roots. In the past, Daisy never really minded. Once she meets Matt and Audrey, her idea of what’s important in life changes abruptly. Life is precious, especially if you only have one life to live.
I liked Daisy a lot. She’s smart and mature for her age, distant emotionally and not sure what to make of kids her age. Audrey and Matt completely change her life. She starts to feel comfortable in her new home, and she doesn’t want to have to move again. She wants to be like a normal kid. The problem with Daisy is that she’s not a normal kid. No matter how you slice it, she is different, and after she learns that her new best friend is terminally ill, she has a very rude awakening. After most people die, they are dead forever. Being part of the Revive project, Daisy never really grasped the concept that death is final. Her deaths never are, so she has developed a blasé attitude towards life and living. It’s not until she sees, first hand, how brutally painful death is that she begins to appreciate the lives she’s been given.
Parts of the book did disappoint me. I thought the background on the Revive project was minimal at best, but as the focus of this story is Daisy and her friendships, this was a minor quibble. There were too many convenient coincidences, but overall, I enjoyed getting to know Daisy. She is likeable, and I found her voice compelling. This was an engrossing read for me, and I polished it off in just two reading sessions. While the ending is satisfying, I would not be opposed to revisiting Daisy in the future, and that’s saying a lot, because I am normally not a fan of series.
Review copy provided by publisher