Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 2012
Source: ARC sent by publisher
Things I Liked:
I was intrigued by the premise - a drug that brings back from the dead, a secret government testing program, a girl who's died five times already - what's not to love? This book was not exactly what I expected, but I still found that it was remarkably intriguing. I loved Daisy and what she begins to discover about herself and about others when she makes friends with Audrey and Matt. When she finally gets a grasp on death and what it is like for those who do not have Revive to bring them back, she really starts to grow. I love the ethical implications that are slowly introduced and how she struggles to understand them. This is the greatest strength of the book - a discussion of what something like this drug would mean for every day people and how death affects each of us in different ways. I'll be thinking about this one for a long time to come.
Things I Didn't Like:
I had a really hard time getting into the book for a lot of the beginning. It seemed like nothing interesting was happening, despite Daisy's unusual lifestyle. When it did pick up, I was more invested in what happened to Daisy. I was somewhat disappointed in the ending, though. It seemed a little too neatly wrapped up after all the build up. I expected more action, but got very little. It is definitely more character-driven than plot-driven, but the interesting medical ethics alone make it worth a read.
Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary Pearson
A little like The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a very few
they make out a bit
well, come on, she's died 5 times!
Overall rating: ***
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