Revived by Cat Patrick

Revived by Cat Partrick
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 336 pages
Genera: Science Fiction
Subjects: Friendship, Death, Romance 

[From Goodreads]
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

This is more of a contemporary than a science fiction. The Revive aspect of it was a minor setback. It was mostly about Daisy and Matt (whose name I forgot till I reread the summary). The book would have been better if Patrick just cut out the sci-fi aspect. Revived would have been an ok contemp. but it makes a really, really bad sci-fi.

I found everything a bit lacking. It lacked a good, non-insta romance, it lacked plot, it lacked in character development. In all, it was a lacking book. But the few redeeming parts really made me smile. Daisy’s best friend Audrey, the blog, the humor. It was all very nicely done, which adds to my statement: This should have been purely contemporary. The Revive had no business here.

Daisy was a very weak character. She was a blank. I know she blogged. I know she’s sweet and kind, which is the norm for all YA female characters. Leave all the badassery to the men… I see no personality so I can say no more.

Audrey. I have a huge girl crush on her. She’s an amazing character. My previous statement is null and void now. Audrey is a badass. She’s a normal girl for the most part. She’s normal yet awesome. You do not need to have a character be a chain katana wielding ninja (though it helps!) to be awesome. Sometimes, the little things can make you awesome /rant.

Matt was sweet, kind, caring, loving, and any other traits the perfect YA love interest has. That’s it.

Oh, and he’s a good kisser too! \-_-\

The plot was basically your ordinary contemp. with the romances (read insta love), the friends, missing parent syndrome, and school. Thankfully, there were no jealous cheerleader biotches in sight (since the MC seemed to never go to school). What really annoyed me was the fact that this book was sold as a science fiction novel. It’s not. Not really. Most of the action/sci-fi doesn’t come till the last 50 – 60 pages.

The plot was really weak. The book went something like this:

  1. Move to new town in the Midwest (that’s always where these girls move for some reason)
  2. Moan about it.
  3. School
  4. See cute boy
  5. Talk about him
  6. He falls for girl for no apparent reason
  7. Something happens.
  8. Dealing with what happens
  9. Action
  10. End

The romance was basically the electric touches, blushes, deep voices, love at first sight, and the rest of the usual stuff. No substance. Though the part where he hates her because she couldn’t do something he wanted was new (not really). At least Daisy didn’t fall apart. She understood and moved on till he came crawling back.

What I liked and didn’t:

  • Daisy never fell apart when Matt said he didn’t want her
  • Audrey
  • Audrey
  • Last 50 – 60 pages


  • Romance
  • Lack of plot
  • Little character development

I didn’t really like it (in case you didn’t figure that out by now). It’s not the worst book, but it’s not very good either.


Favorite Character: Audrey
Favorite Quote: 


Rating:    ★★☆☆☆

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