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Revive Paperback – May 19, 2015
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"[A] well-crafted story of secrets, spies and science fiction that is as imaginative as it is compelling." -RT Book Reviews
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Sophia wakes up in a bathroom in a Boston train station, not knowing who she is or why she is there. To make matters even more interesting, she is aware that the college student ID with her picture on it that she is carrying, has the wrong name. Her other realization is that the “bad people” were coming. No other memories than that.
What follows in this book is a fast paced almost thriller type of a story, relieved only by the main characters memories coming back to her in fits and starts. The reader goes back and forth in time with Sophia, and gets a picture of what her life was like in college. We are just as clueless as Sophia is, as we go along for the ride with her and find out what is happening at the same time that she does. It’s told in the first person which was perfect for this type of story.
Due to spoilers, and since it is quite the mystery, I can’t really say that much about the actual story without ruining the read for people. I will say that there are some really good characters. Sophia is brilliant, strong, and just wants to do the right thing. Kyle, is Sophia’s friend from college, or maybe more? Of course he’s the hot guy with the shaggy blonde hair and sweet charm for days. There’s good guys and bad guys in this story and it’s up to Sophia to figure out which is which before she gets killed or loses her memory forever. The why to everything is also on Sophia’s agenda, and Sophia IS the bad guys main agenda.
This is the first book in this series, there is a sort of love triangle that happens, and I would consider it young adult. However, that could change as the series goes on, as these characters are people over the age of eighteen. There’s some surprises to be had, although I had figured out a lot of what was going on well before the main character. And that was okay with me-this time.
I found this book to be a good read, and I had a fun time reading it. Not that it was a comedy, because believe me, it’s not, but because of all the action, mystery, and good characters involved. I thought it was really different than the usual stories I read, although I don’t read that many futuristic/science fiction books as a rule. I definitely liked it enough to want to read the next one when it comes out. There’s not exactly(but kind of)a cliffhanger, and most readers are going to want to read the next one because there is still so much to discover. Recommended to both young adults and adults that enjoy a mystery, and plenty of action with futuristic science fiction aspects.(RabidReads.com)
Sophia wakes up in a train station with no memory, and spends the rest of the book trying to piece together everything she's ever known about herself, and the people she cares about. Who is telling the truth, who is lying? and is Sophia the biggest liar of all?
A definite page turner, I finished it in less than 8 hours, and am anxious for more. The twists kept coming, as the story is told in the present day, with flashbacks, as she recovers whatever she can of her memory. The more she recovers, the more danger she's in.
There is a love story, (possibly two) but it's not overplayed, even though it's how Sophia becomes who she is and decides who she wants to be.
If you like Jenna Black's Replica series, you'll like this one. In fact I liked this one even better. Otherwise head over to Martin's Misery series. Either way you won't be disappointed.
Revive, Tracey Martin
Genre: Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I really enjoyed Tracey’s Misery series so was keen to see this new one. Its very different, set in a world that feels current but where science has come on in huge leaps. Time wise it alternates from present day to what Sophia recalls from up to twelve weeks past.
Sophia, her college ID tells her that’s her name, but she can’t remember anything else. Not who she is, where she’s been, nothing from her past. She feels in danger though, and knows instinctively how to do certain things, like how to defend herself and how to plan escape routes. It makes everything a real puzzle for her. She knows bad people are after her though that’s just an inner voice at first, doesn't remember why Kyle is with her and doesn’t know if he’s one of them...She’s still very attracted to him despite her memory loss, so wants to think he’s a good guy but just can’t recall anything. She’s got a couple of wounds on her head so assumes that’s what happened to make her lose her memory. Its very scary though – where does she go, who can she trust, and who are the bad guys after her?
I really enjoyed this book, it feels a little YA in style, but one of those that’s well written and suitable for older readers too ( thankfully as its a long long time since I was YA) It’s hard to write a review without giving things away, so I’ll just say I loved Sophia, found the plot complex, interesting and pretty scary in that it is something that with modern technology progress could be oh so real. Its one of those that poses lots of questions of morality and what’s acceptable, does the end justify the means or are there lines that shouldn’t be crossed under any circumstances?
I enjoyed the way it was set out, written from Sophia’s POV, and the past/present alternations. Sometimes I find them hard as I just get into one part and then we’re back in the past, then just as I’m into that it jumps forward. Not so here though, it flowed seamlessly. I liked the other characters too and learning about them, the ones from the school and those from the past she can’t remember. Each is there for a reason and they all feel very real. It ends well, suggesting where the next book will go, but not on an out and out cliff-hanger – and regular readers of my reviews will know how I hate those – really, really hate them, so this kind of ending, where some answers have been given, and a way forward for the future is hinted at works well for me. There’s a love triangle in the making too possibly, certainly the steam between Sophia and Kyle is there, but someone else is interested in her too. I’m never quite sure how I feel about those, often I'm rooting for one guy and then learn more about the second and just can’t make my mind up! I want a happy ending for both if they are decent men.
Stars: Five, a fun read, not too complex and sets everything out really well, leaving me wanting to read more.
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