I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Revive by Tracey Martin
Series: Redzone #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on May 19, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Suspense
It’s been a while since a book really gripped me and made me stay up until 1am finishing it. And it’s been a while since I finished a book and immediately looked up when the next one would be available. And read a sneak peak of the first chapter, cursing when that was gone. All the above is true with Revive. It was just that good. So glad I grabbed it from NetGalley.
What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.
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.
Warning: Contains one girl who is more than she seems, one boy who knows more than he’s telling, and enough twists to give you whiplash. Expect explosions of all kinds.
So why was Revive so good? For one, I think it was because it was a little different from my typical reads and I needed a change. I can best describe it as a New Adult, Sci-fi, Suspense. Yeah – not your typical combination, huh? Those of you shutting down at the mention of New Adult, wait! I only say New Adult because the characters are the right age and a good part takes place in their college lives. That’s really the only thing about it New Adult. The Sci-fi bit would be spoilery to explain and still, not the main bit.
The main bit was the suspense. In the first chapter our main character is in a public restroom, certain that she is not the person her college ID says she is. Her memories are gone, but in a very Bourne Identity flair, her muscle memory is working just fine. So the chase and action are on, all while she tries to figure out who she is, why she’s being chased, and why she’s so certain she’s in danger.
Revive is told partly in the present and partly in the past as our main character recovers those memories. I was constantly on my toes trying to figure out what was going on and who to trust. The twists don’t stop coming and the last 40% was a non-stop read for me. One element I guessed correctly pretty early on, which is probably the only reason this isn’t quite 5 stars for me. But it’s pretty damn close!
Although a plot driven story, the character development in Revive was slipped in really well – character flaws, doubts, and love interests completed the story and brought it to the next level. I really enjoyed Revive and I’m eagerly awaiting Resist, due in November! If you’ve read this please let me know, I need to talk about it to someone! Or if it sounds good, please hurry and read it!