Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Revived by Cat Patrick

Revived by Cat Patrick
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books

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.  - Goodreads.com

This story had such a unique concept.  The idea of the government developing a drug that can bring people back to life was something new and unusual.  At the story's opening, you think everything is pretty much already figured out, but this book had a wonderful, suspenseful element to it.  There's a mystery to be solved, and when you find out what it is, well... I was amazed and surprised.

I loved Daisy.  This is a brave girl... perhaps a little too brave.  What would you do if you thought that you could never die because every time you do, you can be brought back?  And of course, the guy she falls for has issues with the finality of death.  What a conflict!

I loved him.  He was a good guy, but also had a touch of the bad boy in him.  The two together were great and I loved the steady progression of their relationship, even as Daisy has to reconcile herself to continuing in the research that hurt changed her life forever as a child.  I did think that Daisy told him about herself a little too soon though.  That part seemed rushed.

The writing was suspenseful, fast-paced, and the author had me guessing until the very end.  So much of the time I'm able to figure out the punch-line of a story before it happens.  When I find a book that can manage to hold me and keep me in the dark until the author chooses to make the big reveal, I love it.  This is my second Cat Patrick book, and it has solidified me as a fan.


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