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.
I was initially iffy on reading this one but I saw so many good reviews that I decided to go ahead and do it. I’m glad I did. I thought it was a well-written and unique addition to the YA genre. And it’s a standalone! Nothing against series, but sometimes it’s refreshing to just see a story that begins and ends in one novel.
As far as characters go, I found Daisy to be nothing out of the ordinary. She’s kind of detached from life at the beginning of the book and I didn’t feel like she had a particularly strong personality even after shit started to go down. The supporting characters, on the other hand, were great – particularly Audrey and Megan. Audrey is just far more awesome than she has any right to be considering her life circumstances (no spoilers) and Megan is a hoot. And she’s also transgender. YAY FOR HAVING A TRANSGENDER CHARACTER IN YA. And even better yet, it’s treated as no big deal. She just is. No big explanations, no reasoning. Refreshing.
I also found the book surprisingly touching and poignant in parts. I was expecting straight sci-fi/mystery/whatevs but there was some real life stuff in there as well as Daisy learned to grow attachments to people and places and friends. And huzzah for an epilogue! Nothing I love in a book more than an epilogue.
That said, I would have liked to know more about the Revive program itself. What was the purpose? How did it come about and why? How did it go so off the rails?
This was my first Cat Patrick novel and it won’t be my last.