One of the things that excites me the most as a reader is finding new authors, especially ones that blow you away with their originality. Cat Patrick is an exciting new author I discovered last year when I read her debut YA book, Forgotten (read my review here). Forgotten is one of those books that sticks in your mind long after you’ve read it because it’s totally original and stands out. Cat’s latest book, Revived, is just as amazing as Forgotten and hooked me in from the blurb.
She’s a test subject for a government super-drug called Revive, which brings people back from the dead.
Each time she is revived, Daisy has to move cities and change her identity to avoid suspicion. Daisy has always got a thrill out of cheating death, but her latest move has come with unexpected complications: a new best friend, and a very cute crush.
As Daisy’s attachment to her new home grows, she discovers secrets that could tear her world apart. And the more she learns, the more she feels like a pawn in a sinister game.
When the stakes are life and death, someone’s going to get hurt.
I had high hopes for Revived after loving Forgotten and it totally lived up to them, and more. It’s difficult to try and put Cat’s books into a category or genre because they’re mostly a real-life story, but with a touch of science fiction thrown in. Daisy first died in a bus crash when she was four, after which she got taken into the Revived program and now lives with two agents who pretend to be her parents. Her and the other ‘bus kids’ have to undergo regular testing to make sure they are healthy and to ensure the drug is doing its job.
I thought that the background and structure of the organisation behind Revive that Cat created was really clever. At the top there’s God who makes all the decisions and is in charge, then there are the agents who work for God called Disciples, and at the bottom are the Converts, those ‘bus kids’ who are part of the program and are given Revive to bring them back to life. God thinks that he can do whatever he want and that nobody will stop him, which raises some interesting ethical questions in the story.
Another thing that I really liked in Revived, and also in Forgotten, is that Cat creates relatable male characters that aren’t douche-bags. You won’t find any love triangles with moody, mysterious guys in Cat’s books. The love interest in Revived is Matt, a normal, average guy who is friendly and loyal. The relationship between Daisy and Matt progresses naturally throughout the story and they have their share of ups and downs. There isn’t smoldering passion because there isn’t the need for it in the story and it would seem wrong between Cat’s characters. Any teenagers who want to know what love feels like should read Cat’s books.
There’s something in Revived for everyone – mystery, suspense, romance and a touch of science fiction. Get your hands on Revived and discover the amazing writing of Cat Patrick.
5 out of 5 stars