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.
When I read this book I thought it was just going to be another book about zombie esq nature of a girl who comes back from the dead only to fall in love. Something trivial and not necessarily very interesting to read.
Of course, then I actually read Revived, and boy was I wrong.
Revived is one of those books you just don’t want to put down. The book begins with the protagonist, Daisy, dying, while surrounded by people who are unable to help her, and in fact interfere with the real help from the paramedics who could have been able to save her. But instead of panicking Daisy is more ticked off. This is how the story begins and readers are introduced to Daisy and the world of Revived. Revive is a drug that brings people who die back from the dead. The drug is in the testing phase of clinical trials, but because of the nature of the drugs, the company is testing it on children from an unfortunate bus accident that killed 20 children years before. Daisy was one of those children. And she has now died 5 times.
The plot thickens as Daisy befriends a friend from her new school (having had to transfer to a new city after her death.) This friend causes her to consider the philosophical debate behind bring people back from the dead, and the motives behind the testing of this drug.
The story also includes love, death, and the tragedies that result from both. But more importantly the story is written like a mini thriller. The book will keep you glued to your seat the same way that the movie Disturbia with will. It is full of subtle tension from the growing mystery and looming situation that readers wont be able to put it down.
All in all, Cat Patrick does a great job creating a well written set of characters who experience and discuss the ramifications and realities of death in a way that will really touch readers. This combined with the nerve racking tension surrounding the drug revive and other issues that are brought up later in the book, readers will not be able to put the book down. Definitely a book readers should pick up.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: May 1, 2012