Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Revived by Cat Patrick [REVIEW]

by Cat Patrick
Summary from Goodreads:

"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.


I never really know what to expect in a book when Cat Patrick is involved. The synopsis of Revived is simple enough that I really never thought it to get as deeply as it went through.

Daisy is a part of a secret organization that has developed a drug called Revive that brings people back to life. Daisy has died 5 times already. Suffice to say, she is a test subject of the drug. Seeming to be used to having the drug around every time she dies, she never really thought of death as finality. That is until she moves to a new town with a new identity, and meets two of the most important people she could ever have in her life, Audrey her new best friend, and Matt, Audrey’s brother and becomes Daisy’s boyfriend. Daisy comes to realize that dying at this point is not an option; she doesn’t want to start over again and lose what she has now.

One profound subject in Cat Patrick’s books is the love story, and with Revived, the romance is just as sweet and emotional. I love Matt and Daisy relationship; they came out as just typical love struck teenagers but then turned into having such a strong and inseparable bond. I was touched as seeing them hold on and support each other through the distressing moments in their lives.

At first I only thought of this book as just a love story, surprisingly it was more than that. Daisy not only finds love in this new life, but she also finds a great friend (Audrey), which brings this story into a whole other dilemma. It makes Daisy question things in her life that she never thought of before. What good is a drug that can bring people back to death if it can only work on people who experienced quick death but not those who had suffered in illness before dying? Don’t those people deserve the chance just as much or maybe more considering their condition?

I admire how this character-driven book went to the effort of letting Daisy experience a rather realistic development in her personality. I love the idea that she was created in a way that anyone can easily relate to.

Revived is a heart-warming story of love, life and loss. A simple tale that makes you realize the value of the people who are a part of your lives. It makes you thankful for the life that you have been gifted. Most of all it makes one think a lot that, unlike Daisy, we’ve only got one chance at life, so make it count. :)

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