Author: Cat Patrick
Review: Revived is written beautifully, exploring life and death with a fitting amount of sympathy and delicacy that will keep you captivated from start to finish.
Revived was everything I wanted and more.
When fifteen-year old Daisy Appleby gets stung by a bee and has a severely, horrible allergic reaction – she dies. Luckily, Daisy is a part of a handful of test subjects for a government made drug called Revive. The drug is medically advanced that it can bring back a person from death without any harm to their mind. Daisy has been brought back to life five times. Every time Daisy is Revived, her family unit is relocated to a new place with new names. All Daisy knows is constant change, so much so that she looks forward to decorating her room at the beginning of each move.
Daisy has never been a social butterfly, at least at her old home she wasn’t. But in a new town, Daisy turns a new leaf and decides to be social. She befriends Audrey McKean and soon also forms a friendship with Audrey’s brother Matt.
But there is something dark revolving the Revived program. Something Daisy never thought possible. As she delves deeper into the mystery, Daisy also discovers a shattering truth and learns of friendship, life, and loss.
Here I was thinking that this would be a really nice stand alone novel that consisted of a secret government organization. Revived was anything, but nice. I didn’t expect this book to be so completely and irrevocably gripping and insightful. Beneath the surface of a book that revolves around friendship and a blossoming romance, there are serious undertones of life and death.
Daisy was a adorable and an all around girl-next-door protagonist. Her character was really likeable and I loved her unexpected relationship with Audrey. She was sometimes careless and reckless to her own life – that was a flaw to her character. But it’s the way she was raised. Her actions were not intentional. Were they thoughtless? To some extent. But they weren’t malicious. Just impulsive. This flaw actually shapes Daisy’s way of thinking not just what is known, what is factual, but digging deeper and breaking the surface.
I also really liked the relationship that Daisy has with Mason, her “pretend” father who is actually a disciple of God – the creator of Revive – and yes, that is what they call him. Mason cares about Daisy very much, but he’s also very withdrawn and highly involve with his work. I liked that Daisy truly cared about Mason, even though there was no blood relationship between them. Daisy also lives with Cassie, her “pretend” mother and also a disciple of God. Her relationship with Cassie is the complete opposite. Cassie is cold and not at all nurturing like Mason.
Finally, we have Matt. Oh, how I loved Matt. He was just…so sweet and caring. He is also so, so broken. There’s something he’s hiding. There’s something both him and Audrey are hiding and it’s heart-shattering. As the reader, I saw how broken and lonely he was – at one point, even pushing Daisy away. In the beginning, their relationship was slow and so, so cute. I couldn’t help but wish I had a guy like Matt. Or just an overall good and sweet guy in general. Their relationship goes through a period of trial and tribulation, but in the end it is the most stable and concrete love.
I absolutely loved the pace of this book as it kept me actively engaged and wanting more with each chapter I read. It also was very thought-provoking as I thought about life and death, about friendships and loss. Revived is filled with creativity, mystery, and dash of romance. It’s definitely more a book about relationships, which I liked a lot, and how those relationships move forward after a terrible and jarring event.
Highly recommend this book to you all as Revived is written beautifully, exploring life and death with a fitting amount of sympathy and delicacy that will keep you captivated from start to finish.
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