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Revived Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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* "There is not a dull moment in this novel... it is an entertaining and suspenseful book that readers interested in a little romance with their science fiction will enjoy."―VOYA

"Forgotten is a mind-bending experience that I devoured in one sitting. Cat Patrick's exciting and impressive debut still haunts me."―Jay Asher, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why

"Cat Patrick's Revived is a thrilling story of life, death, and love -- and how friendship can change your view on all of them."―Suzanne Young, author of A Need So Beautiful

"What a page-turner! With its suspense, romance, and life-and-death drama, Revived kept me up half the night."―April Henry, New York Times Bestselling author of The Night She Disappeared

"A well-done exploration of a teen's growing understanding of death... Good entertainment with some unexpected depth."―Kirkus

"A fast-paced page-turner..."―Booklist

"The first person narration is effective... Offer this to sci-fi buffs who are seeking a quick read, or romance fans who don't mind science experiments mixed in with their love stories."―The Horn Book

"Fluid and observant prose. Daisy evolves [into] a young woman with budding emotions, attachments, and a deeper understanding of what it means to live and die."―PW

"Those interested in the emotional dynamics of a life restarted... will find this an absorbing read."―BCCB

About the Author

Cat Patrick lives in the Seattle area with her husband and twin daughters. When asked about how she came up with the idea for Revived, Cat explained that she has a love for "high school strange."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316094627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316094627
  • ASIN: 0316094625
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my second Cat Patrick book. I read "Forgotten" last year and really enjoyed it. I never would have imagined that "Revived" would be even better than "Forgotten". I love both books but there's a special place in my heart for "Revived".

Daisy lives a very unique life. She's in the Revive test program so in many ways her life isn't really her own. She lives with Mason, a psychologist with the Revive program who also serves as her guardian and father figure, and Cassie, an agent with the program who's a total workaholic and pretends to be both married to Mason and Daisy's mother. They're nice enough people (especially Mason) but Daisy is definitely more independent since she's been raised this way. Additionally her life is pretty transient. They can't stay very long in one place - mostly due the fact that Daisy has some sort of accident and has to be brought back to life with another dose of Revive. When that happens, they have to pick up and move somewhere else because obviously she can't go back to school after dying the day before.

All this doesn't seem to affect Daisy much on the surface but when she arrives in Omaha, Nebraska after leaving yet another school/house/town, she decides that things will be different here. She puts herself out there and chooses to engage the people around her. Because of this she meets Audrey, who becomes her best friend and Matt, Audrey's hot brother and Daisy's love interest. I loved this aspect of the story just as much as I did the mystery surrounding the Revive program. Daisy has lived her 15 years with a very "hands off" approach to relationships and then suddenly she experiences both deep friendship and romance.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Look at the description, doesn't that sound exciting? Get over it, this isn't what the book was about.

15 year old Daisy gets bitten by a bee. She is allergic, forgot her epipen; therefore, she dies. Don't worry, she is revived for the 5th time, but she is forced to move to Omaha because dead girls don't come back.

From here on out, the story is truly about making new friends in Omaha, getting a boyfriend, and losing someone who cannot be revived.

While Daisy does become aware of the fact that something strange is going on in the program, she only shares with Megan, Megan has someone search for a new utility bill, they do one google, and Daisy calls the person. Wasn't that exciting?

The rest is handled by Mason, Daisy's agent pretend dad, and other unknown government agents. We are told that they handle it, but that portion of the story is presented second-hand as an anecdote. Sure, Daisy gets to finally talk to God, the crazed inventor of Revive, and she interacts with Jesus, God's crazy daughter. None of this happens until the very end.

I was left unexcited by Daisy and her new school excitement.

The reality is that the Revive storyline was presented very peripherally, and the Revive ending almost appeared to be an afterthought. Revive was not what the story was about. It was the circumstances that caused the new friend and boyfriend storyline to be presented.

I am very disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
I've never read anything else by this author, and most likely won't. This book had so much unrealized potential. It's a very interesting premise, but the author failed to take it much past the starting point, particularly in the characters. The big reveal about Audrey was telegraphed far in advance. That's a minor complaint, but others are not. Matt was like a cardboard cutout of a perfect boyfriend: super cute and megahumble, always says the right thing, loyal and uncomplicated, not pressuring Daisy for sex ever, etc. Cassie is a completely undeveloped character, as is Megan. So she's transgendered. Great, so Daisy is enlightened and liberal. Where's the tension that could create in life, in relationships? What's the point of having a character be transgendered when that has nothing to do with the plot, when it reveals nothing about any of the other characters except as a big flag waving their progressive values (which again, have nothing to do with the plot) and when the transgendered character has no storyline of her own? I think it's good that the author included a transgendered character, but not so good that she left that character completely 2-dimensional and peripheral. And Mason is like the father equivalent of Matt -- much too perfect. And "God" might as well be Dr. Evil.

I would have loved to see more metaphysical exploration of the nature of death and loss, felt more sense of real danger and risk. The ending fell flat. Why move all the way across country because it's "safer" for Matt and then let them continue dating long-distance anyway? And why didn't Daisy get into trouble for stealing the formula ("we'll talk about this later" says Cassie, and then it's never mentioned again), and why so little poignancy and drama around a scenario that had so much potential for it?
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Revived by Cat Patrick follows Daisy, a girl who has died and been brought back to life five times. As a small child she was involved in a horrible bus accident and then placed in a secret government experiment. Each time she dies she's moved to a new town and given a new identity. When Daisy moves one last time and makes some real connections and starts to question the program she has been involved in for her entire life.

Cat Patrick again has created a great science fiction romance. This book was a great read and kept me guessing throughout. I loved the premise of the experiment and the sweet romance. This was a great original story that I couldn't put down. I'm excited to read what Cat Patrick has in store for her readers next.

Appropriateness: There is no adult content in this book although the characters do lie to the adults in their lives. I would recommend this book to readers 12+
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