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.
After reading the synopsis, I went into reading Revived expecting the storyline to be a little dark and full of science-fiction. Though I would have been more than happy to find that, I was also pleasantly surprised that it was not the case! Of course there are touches of it here and there but this book reads much more like a contemporary fiction.
After dying in a bus accident, Daisy becomes part of a super secret test on a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead. Unfortunately, Daisy has needed the use of this drug many times and after each time she needs to relocate and use a new identity. This sort of leaves Daisy to distance herself from making new friends, until her latest death leads her to Audrey and her brother, Matt. Here she learns what it is like to really live.
I really enjoyed the character of Daisy. She was so sweet and truly loved her friends. I think we get a lot of focus on friendships in this book. Daisy’s really only close friend before her latest move was Megan, who is also in the Revive program. The best thing about them – they run a blog together! They talk about all sorts of things like music, movies and such, but it is a great way for them to connect with each other from afar and to connect with new people, anonymously. Her new friendship with Audrey I totally adored. Daisy needed someone to help show her what it was like to let loose and have fun, to step away from the secrecy. But not only that, she also never really thought of death as anything permanent, and why would she when she has Revive available to save her. This all changes when she meets Audrey, a carefree spirit who needed someone to see beyond her cancer. These two were so cute and silly together, whether it’d be sharing clothes or talking about Jake Gyllenhaal. I think these friendships were some of my favorite parts of this novel.
Besides meeting Audrey, Daisy falls head over heels for Matt. I think their relationship was cute and endearing. Matt has a hard time dealing with Audrey’s cancer so Daisy entering the picture was exactly what he needed, for more reasons than one. My only complaint is that I wish we got a little more… oomph with their love story? I felt like it was just missing something and I am not quite sure what. Things are great and then get bad fairly quickly when she suddenly decides to share her secret, so perhaps an extra chapter or two to develop the relationship a bit more before that would have done it for me.
Of course there is the plot dealing with the Revive program. As Daisy starts to poke around when she is unhappy with the drug’s limitations, she gets a little reckless with the secrecy. Daisy discovers a mystery case file and starts to question what it is the program is doing. This is where I may have yelled at my book a time or two. “Don’t you know what happens when someone starts poking around secret government information?!” LOL But the storyline really picks up at this point to where I didn’t want to put it down! I also really enjoyed the ending. I felt it stayed true to everything leading up to it and fit perfectly.
Overall I found this to be a highly enjoyable and easy read that both fans of sci-fi and contemporary fiction would enjoy!
4 out of 5!