Book Review: Revived by Cat Patrick
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. (from Goodreads.com)
Last year I read and raved about Cat Patrick's debut novel, Forgotten (my review here if you're interested!) So when second book, Revived, landed on my door mat recently I was excited. Especially when I saw myself quoted in the front pages! I picked it up as soon as I finished the book I was reading and settled down.
Like Forgotten, Revived is fast paced, page turning and original. Cat Patrick definitely has a style of writing which immediately pulls you into the story and keeps you there until the very end. Her writing just flows from page to page, making them one sitting books. You really need to make sure you have a spare few hours when you pick up one of Cat's book...you've been warned!
I loved the idea behind Revived, sadly though I did think it was a little vague and under explored. The sci-fi element to this book is very much the back story here, and there is a more contemporary feel to this book which focuses more on Daisy's relationships. While I did really enjoy this it made the premise somewhat unbelievable and left me with far too many questions as I was reading.
I did really like Daisy's blossoming romance with Matt, which was incredibly sweet and touching. However it wasn't Matt who got my heart fluttering...but Daisy's fake 'Dad' Mason! Don't judge though until you read....secret agent type is all I'll say :P I really want to read HIS story!
Revived was a book of mixed feelings for me. On one hand I felt very let down and under-whelmed by the story of Revive and wanted so much more. On the other-hand, I was surprised at how touching, sweet and at times sad (really, tear-makingly sad at one part) the more 'contemporary' elements were. This book could have almost stood up without the Revive storyline at all. So while it didn't match up to the brilliance of Forgotten by quite a mark, it's still an enjoyable enough read to pass a few hours.
Published by Egmont UK July 2012
Copy recieved from the publishers for review purposes.