Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Revive

Title: Revive
Author: Tracey Martin
Series: Redzone
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Genre: YA
275 pages
Release Date: May 19, 2015

Alone in a train station bathroom, Sophia Hernandez has no memory of who she is or how she got there. All she’s certain of are three things: her college ID is a lie, bad people are coming for her, and no one can be trusted. The only clue to her past is the fellow student who finds her. Although Sophia’s gut tells her Kyle is lying when he claims he can’t help her, his touch makes her heart race. Is it because of a red-hot natural attraction, or a missing memory of something far more dangerous?

As two mysterious, menacing men chase them from the station, Sophia’s memories return in frustrating fragments. So do deadly skills she didn’t know she had. In the next forty-eight hours, a loved one’s life will be on the line as she sifts through a mounting tangle of secrets and lies. Including the most heart-wrenching secret of all. Not only isn’t she a normal college student, she isn’t even a normal human.
-taken from Goodreads

Happy release day to Revive!

I love it when a book throws you right into the middle of an exciting story with no explanations. Who is this girl? Where is she? What time period is this? In this case, the protagonist doesn't even know the answers to these questions so I certainly don't either. Little by little, small bits of information slip out...ok, she's some sort of spy? Wait, possibly since she was 5? Hold on, did they just talk about the 20th century as though it's in the past?

Revive took me completely by surprise. It turned out to be a major page turner - I finished it in one day! Martin does a great job of completely immersing the reader into a world we know very little about. Not only that, but I didn't care that I didn't know everything about that world! I was just happy to be in it.

Sophia made a great character. She was smart and quick on her feet. She never once came across as weak or indecisive, even when she had no clue who she was or what was going on. I really liked and admired her.

This book also falls into a category of YA fiction that I like best: plots that revolve mostly around the choices the protagonist makes as opposed to plots that revolve around random stuff happening to the protagonist and how they respond. I am not a fan of "reactive plots"* and find them extremely frustrating and boring. However, "proactive plots" are fun and interesting and can even be inspiring!

When the whole story finally came out - who/what Sophia is, who/what Kyle is, etc. - it wasn't anything I'd suspected. The idea felt so original, which is rare in this age of young adult book overload. I highly recommend this book and am off to go check out Tracey Martin's Miss Misery series.

*I just came up with those terms.

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