In a sea of sad girls in pretty dresses, harsh dystopias and sexy vampires it can be a challenge to find a book that doesn’t give you the impression of ‘been there, read that.’ Although Cat Patrick is a relative newcomer to the young adult arena, Revived is her sophomore book, I think that her books have such an original feel to their plots as demonstrated by Revived.
Daisy moves around a lot. You see, she’s been revived which basically means that she’s died and has been given this top secret drug as part of a government operated research program that brings her back to life. Every time Daisy dies and is revived she must move to a new town with her guardians Mason and Cassie. In Omaha, Daisy makes a true friend for the first time in the vibrant Audrey. She also begins to feel a growing attraction for this boy, Matt. Eventually Daisy comes to the realization that maybe there is something sinister about Revive and perhaps the administrators don’t have her best interests at heart.
I love that Cat Patrick explores questions of life and death. Is there any meaning in the afterlife if one is ultimately brought back and never really stays in the great beyond? Further, Revive only works for some people. Plus, it’s a very confidential drug and so Patrick delves into the ethics of who gets Revive and who doesn’t. I mean, who decides that kind of thing and how do you decide something like that? I honestly love it when a book makes me think beyond how much I swoon, which Revived totally does.
Even better? I thought the romance between Daisy and Matt was very sweet. Much like the love interest in Forgotten, Patrick’s debut, Matt is a nice guy. I never thought to myself ‘what a tool’ while reading about Matt. He feels as though he could be drawn from life because he has struggles and flaws as well. Yet, his flaws don’t ever fall into the category of fixer-upper bad boy cliche.
Frankly, I really enjoyed Revived. It’s got a fabulous premise and I think it’d be a great sell for teen readers who want a book that is a little more cerebral.
Disclosure: Received for review.
Other reviews of Revived by Cat Patrick:
A Cupcake And A Latte – “pulls in readers instantly!”
Bibliophilic Monologues – “an intriguing mix of science, intrigue, romance and friendship”
Xpresso Reads – “filled with compelling characters”