Revive (Redzone #1) by Tracey Martin

Revive 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.goodreads

I have to say, this was the most unusual book I have ever read.  While it captured my attention with the first few pages, I soon found I was frustrated, lost and confused through most of the story yet not willing to quit before I turned the last page because I NEEDED those answers.  A book like this makes writing a review very difficult because there is so much to say, yet so little I can share without spoiling the story for the reader.  There is something new and unpredictable in every chapter.

The author introduces you to a woman in the bathroom of a train station, with an injury on her head, personal belongings of a woman named Sophia and no memory of who she is.  Her mind is filled with voices that tell her not to trust some people, to run when others appear and that Kyle is someone she can trust, but can she?  As a reader you won’t have the privilege of knowing what is going on because of the writing style.  I could not only sympathize with Sophia, I could feel her confusion because the author left us in the dark, uncovering hints and finding puzzle pieces along with the characters.

You won’t be limited on action and chases, mystery and an out of this world experience.  We meet side characters that will remain a mystery to us just as they are with Sophia.  I found I didn’t let my wall down with any of them for long because every time I thought I had it figured out, the author would pull the rug out from under me once again.  I don’t think I have ever had such a realistic taste of what having no memory would feel like before this story.

Normally, for a book that left me as frustrated and confused as this one did, I would give it a low rating but I couldn’t do that with Revive.  I realized once I had finished, there really wasn’t any other way for the author to give us this story, forcing us live it with Sophia, than to make us as lost as she was.  In a world of the unrealistic, the author transported us into the emotions and frustrations that Sophia felt, leaving us no choice but to follow the journey with her.  As aggravated as I was, I have to give the author a lot of credit for her talent in making the reader feel the story rather than just read it.  No matter what genre you normally tend to read, I encourage everyone to give this book a try for the experience alone because I doubt you will come across a book as unique as this one is any time soon.