Author: Cat Patrick
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Publish Date: May 8, 2012
Barnes and Noble
It took me so long to finish listening to this audio book, not because I didn't like it. I definitely thought this book was the bomb! And this is the second book of Cat Patrick's that I have truly couldn't put down! I would be listening to this book and get distracted because the audio version was so awesome I kept thinking about further inquiries into the story.
To begin with the audio teller's voice was awesome! She had so many characters to do and yet, she was very distinctive in each of them. How is this possible? How does she remember them all?
Second, I fell in love with so many characters. Again, not too normal for me. I usually side with only the main character. But there were so many - her father, Mason who was a genius and seemed to have a wonderful soft side for Daisy; her best friend, Audrey, who was simply full of life; her best friend's brother, Matt who is a pain, but totally crush worthy; her first "mother" who I can't really talk about without giving anything away; Megan, her bus friend who was funny and smart and so good to count on; even Cassie, her "now mom" who has robotic at home, but loving in public.
The plot was really different and totally cool. The idea that there is a drug that can revive people and then "god" who controls the entire secret government operation that no one has ever met or seen. Each scientist spread across the country with their own jobs to contribute to the continued education of the drug. Each family who has a revived child and keeps performing the yearly health evaluations and has to keep secret the entire operation. The fact that the drug doesn't work on unhealthy, diseased or otherwise crucially debilitating bodies.
Daisy, the main character, has so many avenues of personality from her initial death on the bus to an adopted child of scientists, her facade as a student, but her need to feel normal even while her world is pure secret. She has so many life issues she carries with her constantly that drown her in secrets as she has no one who is consistent in her life to allow her to share. She has the impossibilities of a teenager and the complications of a secret government liabilities. So cool and so heart-breaking at the same time. Just when she finally feels at home, with friends, family and releases some of her secrets the bottom drops out and she has to figure out if she will backtrack and keep her secrets or go forward and put in danger the only people she cares about.
Cat Patrick will be coming out with TWO NEW BOOKS
this year 2013:
It started with a bus crash.
Daisy Appleby was a little girl when it happened, and she barely remembers the accident or being brought back to life. At that moment, though, she became one of the first subjects in a covert government program that tests a drug called Revive.
Now fifteen, Daisy has died and been Revived five times. Each death means a new name, a new city, a new identity. The only constant in Daisy's life is constant change.
Then Daisy meets Matt and Audrey McKean, charismatic siblings who quickly become her first real friends. But if she's ever to have a normal life, Daisy must escape from an experiment that's much larger--and more sinister--than she ever imagined.
From its striking first chapter to its emotionally charged ending, Cat Patrick's Revived is a riveting story about what happens when life and death collide.