hardie grant Egmont. Young Adult. Paperback RRP $22.95
Reviewed by Barbara Brown
Daisy Appleby is stung by a bee. Daisy Appleby is allergic to bees. Daisy Appleby dies.
Daisy is only 15 when she is tragically stung by a bee at school, on a day when she has forgotten her epipen. But then Daisy Appleby isn’t her real name. And this is Daisy’s fifth death.
Every time Daisy dies she is brought back to life by a secret government super-drug called Revive. If she is killed by damaging vital organs she cannot be revived, and she must always have her “parents” close by so they can administer the drug quickly. But there are rumours that Revive doesn’t always work.
Daisy has always been a loner, never getting too close to others just in case she has to leave abruptly. Every time she dies, she must move to another city and change her name. She is, after all, a government secret. She has a number of friends who are also in the same program but she rarely sees them and only gets to chat to them over the internet.
Now Daisy is 15, discovering friendship and first love. Can she stop dying and be a normal teenager for a while? She can… until her past catches up and she realises that her life is in danger… danger of dying for good.
A unique story that was a race to the finish to see if Daisy’s next death will be her last.
The Reading Stack reviewed Cat Patrick’s Forgotten in April 2011.