Welcome to this week’s Fiction Friday. Today I will be reviewing the standalone YA sci-fi/contemporary Revived by Cat Patrick.
Synopsis 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.
4 out of 5.
After reading Patrick’s first book, Forgotten, and loving it, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The blurb sounded amazing and hooked me straight away, and after reading it I was not disappointed. Cat Patrick is definitely one of my new favourite authors and I can’t wait to get my hands on her other books.
This book has a lot going for it; it has a contemporary setting, it’s a little bit sci-fi as well as having mystery and romance.
Daisy has died five times. Every time she dies, she has to be relocated. Because her life is so unsettled, Daisy doesn’t get attached to people or places, that is until her most recent relocation to Omaha. Here she finds a best friend and develops a crush on a boy in her class.
Everything starts to change for Daisy, suddenly she has people in her life that she wants to share her secret with. Daisy ends up telling someone her secret and I didn’t understand why, or more the when. It was way too soon, I thought, to be telling someone you don’t really know that well a secret that massive. This was the weakest point of the book for me, but other than that I found it enjoyable.
Daisy has a very flippant view of death – after all she has the drug to bring her back if anything happens to her. But when she loses someone close to her – for real – she starts to question death and loss and what comes next.
Patrick’s books are a breath of fresh air, original, and are great for those looking to read something that doesn’t feel like you’ve read it a thousand times before. Also, there aren’t too many standalone YA novels these days, so it was nice to read one 🙂
The concept is very interesting, it is well written and once I started reading I found it very hard to put down. I really enjoyed the friendship side of this book, and the romance was good too.
There is a thread of mystery about what is really happening with the
Revive program to keep you intrigued, and some shocking twists.
Overall this was a really enjoyable read that I would recommend to lovers of YA contemporary with a sci-fi twist.
You can add it to your Goodreads here