Thursday, January 10, 2013

Revived by Cat Patrick

Title: Revived
Author: Cat Patrick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 94% or A
Buy It: Amazon

It started with a bus crash.
Daisy Appleby was a little girl when it happened, and she barely remembers the accident or being brought back to life. At that moment, though, she became one of the first subjects in a covert government program that tests a drug called Revive.

Now fifteen, Daisy has died and been Revived five times. Each death means a new name, a new city, a new identity. The only constant in Daisy's life is constant change.
Then Daisy meets Matt and Audrey McKean, charismatic siblings who quickly become her first real friends. But if she's ever to have a normal life, Daisy must escape from an experiment that's much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.
My Thoughts::
Cat Patrick is pretty much everything I want to be when it comes to being an author. She finds the perfect middle ground in fiction and is a great writer to use as a transition between regular YA lit and dystopian. I would definitely not classify her books as dystopian, but there are some elements in this book that put you in a dystopian mood.

Patrick comes up with a really cool element, and centers the book around it. In this case, it is the Revive drug. I like that in this book isn't about her discovering that her life has been revived by this drug. It is about her living her life and finally meeting people with which she would like to share this miracle and finally realizing the secrets behind what she thought was a genuine organization.

What I really love about this book was the fact that the author didn't solely rely on the drug and the organization behind it to make the book interesting. Sure, that stuff was fantastic and was a driving force but it also had great character development, relationships, and dialogue. I wasn't the biggest fan of the romantic interest stuff because I think that time in the book could have been better served, but it wasn't central and was pretty savory at time. My favorite though, was Audrey. She was so awesome and I loved watching her interact with Daisy, she definitely added depth.

My only complaint about this book was that it was too short. Patrick added a lot of elements, all of which amazing, but weren't given enough room to grow. So no matter what you were the most interested in with this novel, you were shorted.

Overall I think that the book was kind of rushed at time because there was a lot going on. However, it was still a fun read that sucked you into the story and sprinkled in some serious and thought provoking topics.

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