Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 1, 2012
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.
After reading Patrick's unique debut, Forgotten, I was really looking forward to reading her second book. I love magical realism and she did a wonderful job with it in Forgotten. Revived was more of a light sci-fi though, with a very interesting premise. For some reason I was interested enough through the first 3/4ths of the story, but the plot ended up disappointing me some.
The characters were well laid out and Daisy's voice was strong, but the plot has some discrepancies and some actions seemed contradictory. For example, the summary hinted towards a careless Daisy who was very fearless and death became a game for her. This was not the case, or at least it did not come through that way in the first half of the book. But then something happens and all of a sudden there's a scene where Daisy is uncharacteristically careless and stupid, and I had no idea of why that was there except to make a point that had not been made before. Anyhow, I hope that makes sense. I just felt there was some existential BS that had nothing to do with the rest of the book.
The premise is interesting enough to keep the reader engaged, so some might enjoy it very much. There's a cute romance that makes the story worthwhile. I also enjoyed Daisy friendship with Meg and the fact that they're bloggers!--Ha, had to point that out. So it was definitely worth reading, it just ended up not being very memorable for me.