Author: Cat Patrick
Format: Print ARC
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Little Brown & Co.
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.
Thank you Cat Patrick. Once again you have managed to bring the brain back to YA. This book is such a welcome change form the "fang and fur" onslaught that seems never ending in Young Adult fiction at present.
It seems that all teenagers have some sort of secret life, but what if the big secret was "your life." Well... at least the part of it where you die five times and are a test subject for the government's 'elixir of life.'
Seems out there right?
Not if your Daisy Appleby, or whatever her name happens to be at the moment.
By the time that readers are introduced to her, our girl Daisy just wants to fit in, find some friends, and put down a few roots.
This is the point at which this read takes a decidedly contemporary turn. Although it does so at lightening speed. Before we know it, Daisy has a bestie that can't be beat in the form of Audry and a real, live, "save the princess" boyfriend in Audry's brother Matt.
As the bonds of friendship tighten between these three...(insert theme music from "Dawson's Creek here)
things come to light that cause Daisy to question the Revived program.
As Daisy and her readers soon find out, "dig long enough and you're bound to come up with a few worms."
In this case though, the secrets that Daisy uncovers about Revived are deadly.
The Parental Unit
Yes, even test subjects in "back from the dead" governmental cloak and dagger experiments have them.
Daisy's come in the form of agents Mason and Cassie. Before you start getting those warm fuzzies, just be warned that "appearances are not always what, or in this case who they seem".
One Last Thing
Though the book starts rather slow, the pace of the story picks up well before the half-way mark of the book. Once that happens readers are off and running on an adventure that keeps one on the seat's edge until the last.
Oh yeah...watch out for the bees!