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.
First off this is a hard one to categorize. I have it marked down as sci-fi and dystopian, but it’s very little of those two. Maybe not even dystopian, but a little bit. It’s kind of like realistic fiction with a sci-fi twist. So if you’re not big into the sci-fi/fantasy genres but prefer contemporary or realistic fiction then this might still be something you’ll like.
I liked this book and I felt truly interested in it while reading. The characters are very likeable, I loved both Daisy and Matt. Matt is so freakin sweet but real too. I liked that they’re relationship was realistic. They fought, they had to go through hard times, but they also kiss and make up in the end. It’s real and I liked that. It wasn’t blissful all the time, but that’s how relationships are.
The story itself revolves around a drug that brings people back to life and is still in the top-secret testing stages. It doesn’t create zombies or bring people back to life who have been dead for awhile, but it revives people sort of like CPR would if they have only been dead for a few minutes. Because of the nature of the drug, it’s participants are to keep it a complete secret until it’s time to release it to the public. But that could be awhile, as it’s already been in the testing stage for going on thirty years.
Daisy has been revived five times already and is actively part of the test group. Each time she dies she has to move to a new city in order to prevent arousing suspicions. But when she meets Matt and his sister Aubrey, she doesn’t want to move anymore.
Anyways, the story is pretty good and unique and I felt like it was going along at a great pace for most of the book. Then at the end it felt like it got really rushed and just sort of ended. There were many loose ends and while I liked the feeling of “life goes on” and “you can’t fix everything”, I also felt like it needed more of a resolution. So that brought my rating down a bit.
I don’t think there will be a sequel. It left off as if it was done. But I think if maybe fifty to a hundred more pages were added, then a resolution could have happened and the book would’ve felt more complete. It was interesting, but the ending was weak. I don’t know if I’d recommend it because of that. It depends on if there will be a sequel or not.