Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
May 8th, 2012
My local library
Now fifteen, Daisy has died and been Revived five times. Each death means a new name, a new city, a new identity. The only constant in Daisy’s life is constant change.
Then Daisy meets Matt and Audrey McKean, charismatic siblings who quickly become her first real friends. But if she’s ever to have a normal life, Daisy must escape from an experiment that’s much larger–and more sinister–than she ever imagined.
I don’t recall why I decided to read Revived initially. Maybe the premise was intriguing, or I read a rave review on someone’s book blog. Either way, I’d like those hours of my life back.
My biggest disappointment with this book is the absolute lack of chutzpah. Cat Patrick takes a great idea and then…flops around with it. At times, there’s promise that Daisy will consider the big issues, that her experience with Revive will give her a dangerous outlook, and that the subtlety of life/death power has positive (as well as the overplayed trope of the negative) consequences. But each time there was light at the plot tunnel, the author fell back on really, really shallow YA romance tropes.
Instalove? Yep. One-beer-and-female-MC-is-blackout-drunk stupidity? It’s in there. Mysteriously saved from certain death by boy whose only ambition in life is to love the MC? You betcha. It’s even got the last-minute eeeeeeeeevil villain, who was some kind of lisping Snidely Whiplash, awkwardly inserted to give the plot “tension”. Which was a massive fail, because this book lacked driving tension.
I do need to disclaimer that some of my absolute frustration with this novel is that the audiobook is SO. BADLY. NARRATED. This is the first time I’ve had a truly horrendous audiobook narrator experience, and now I understand why some people avoid audiobooks like the plague. Seriously, if (despite my review) you’re itching to read this book- do not go with the audiobook format, for your own sanity.
I can only recommend this book if you want something with no tension, no character development, lots of shallow YA romance genre tropes, indecision about what kind of book it wants to be, way too much overexploiting about every moment of the MC’s day/thoughts/habits/schedule, and a ridiculous amount of the word “said” (and its synonyms) during conversations between only two characters.