11 March 2012

Revived; Cat Patrick

RevivedRevived by Cat Patrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those genres that hasn't hit the "oh no, not another one" stage": teen girl who, for some reason, isn't dead but should be (think Adoration of Jenna Fox or Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac more than If I Stay). Daisy was rescued from a bus crash when she was four, saved from death by Revive, an experimental drug. Since she was an orphan at the time, she's spent her life since then with agents (known as Disciples) who are studying the affects of this drug and monitoring the other Converts (those saved by the drug).

Daisy takes risks, like forgetting her EpiPen, and we open with her dying - again - and waking up as her "family" relocates yet again, this time to Omaha. Usually she's aloof, but this time she starts to become friends with Audrey, and then with Audrey's really hot older brother. As the book progresses the questions of what the drug has done, to her, to the other Converts, and to "God" (the man behind the drug) get raised, as do the ethics of the experiment. There's some real character growth here, more than in Jenna or Amnesiac.

I was going to give this four stars, not five, because her BFF Megan was a bit of a problem for me, as was the "isn't this a great thing to have happened to [another Convert]" and I wish Wade had been a bigger part of the story. I went with five because those felt like quibbles after the fact.

ARC provided by publisher.

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