cover image Revived


Cat Patrick. Little, Brown, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-316-09462-7

Daisy is a dead girl%E2%80%94several times over. Not yet 16, she's been resurrected five times. She is part of a secret government program for testing an experimental drug, Revive, which can bring otherwise healthy accident victims to life again. Reanimation is not easy to keep under wraps, and with every death comes a move to a new school with new secrets to keep. After Daisy's latest demise from anaphylactic shock, that new home is Omaha, Neb. There, she lives with two agents who pose as her parents while keeping strict watch over Daisy's health and operating a supercomputing lab in the basement. Despite this, Daisy moves freely at school, hangs out with her friend Audrey, and falls in love with Audrey's brother, Matt. Credulity is strained by Daisy's propensity for accidents, necessitating repeated use of Revive; nevertheless, Patrick (Forgotten) carries this improbability off with her fluid and observant prose. Daisy evolves from a detached and conformist drone to a young woman with budding emotions, attachments, and a deeper understanding of what it means to live and die. Ages 12%E2%80%93up. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (May)