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Revived Do You Ever Wonder Whether You Re Making Real Friends If You Have To Lie To Them About Your Life Daisy Appleby Was A Little Girl When She Became One Of The First Subjects In A Covert Program That Tests A Drug Called Revive Now Fifteen, Daisy Has Died And Been Revived Five TimesEach Death Means A New Name, A New City, And A New Identity The Only Constant In Daisy S Life Is Constant Change Then She Meets Matt And Audrey McKean, Charismatic Siblings Who Quickly Become Her First Real Friends But If Daisy S Ever Going To Have A Normal Life, She Needs To Escape From An Experiment That S Much Larger And Sinister Than She Ever Imagined Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars Imagine dying 5 times and being brought back to life after every single death This is Daisy s life in a secret government agency led by an ominous figure they call God and as a test subject to a drug that they call Revive cues oooh ing Revived was nothing like I expected it to be Instead of a fast paced book about a zombie like test subject, this book hasof a contemporary feel to it sweet, warm, easy to relate to I may be an expert at guessing what s g Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars Imagine dying 5 times and being brought back to life after every single death This is Daisy s life in a secret government agency led by an ominous figure they call God and as a test subject to a drug that they call Revive cues oooh ing Revived was nothing like I expected it to be Instead of a fast paced book about a zombie like test subject, this book hasof a contemporary feel to it sweet, warm, easy to relate to I may be an expert at guessing what s going to happen in a book early on, but the deceiving first half made me unprepared for the surprise twist in the faster last quarter Daisy is a character I adored from the get go Along with co hosting a hilarious blog yup, she s a blogger with her best friend Megan, she has such a big heart and brings the word real to teenager without being unbearable They say curiosity killed the cat, but Daisy s curiosity is what drives the mystery behind the whole God operation.Matt s a nice guy although he s definitely no Luke Henry , but I just couldn t connect with the romance It didn t have enough development or chemistry to entrap me, and the way that Daisy told Matt everything so soon made me want to shake her But you ll love the other colourful characters, like Matt s sister Audrey and Daisy s parents With the same kind of flowing prose and smile worthy cast that Cat Patrick brought in Forgotten, added to a fresh new idea never taken up before, Revived asks you the question What would you do if you had the chance to live again when other people didn t BUY or BORROW This book wasn t exactly the intense must buy I was expecting, but it shouldn t be a book you skip over I actually really adored it and am glad to have it on my shelf Original review at Mimi Valentine s YA Review Blog After dying 5 times, Daisy is kind of tired of it all Having to relocate each time a new school, new routine, new last name a whole new life It gets tiring after a while not getting to keep your identity An interesting plot with a fast pace and short chapters, Revived is surprisingly easy to fly through Revived is the drug that can bring people back to life This drug has been secretly tested on a few kids Daisy included, and controlled by an anonymous eerie guy they call God his agent After dying 5 times, Daisy is kind of tired of it all Having to relocate each time a new school, new routine, new last name a whole new life It gets tiring after a while not getting to keep your identity An interesting plot with a fast pace and short chapters, Revived is surprisingly easy to fly through Revived is the drug that can bring people back to life This drug has been secretly tested on a few kids Daisy included, and controlled by an anonymous eerie guy they call God his agents the disciples and the subjects converts We did not delve into this secret project muchthan this Consequently, you can t look into it too deeply without raising questions Mostly whys and hows This could have been fine if it was the first in a series where we would still have a chance to examine this further, but for a standalone I felt the information was scarce Likewise, the promised sinister goals don t feel as sinister when we only vaguely know about these people But there are some fun, though not unpredictable twists, which gives an overall entertaining plot However, regardless of the synopsis, this book readslike a contemporary with some added supernatural events so this doesn t become a very big problem The characterization is what makes it the most engaging Daisy has a very relatable voice that you can see grow inside this book when she develops relationships with Audrey and Matt, her first real friends Being able to come back to life has given her a nonchalant attitude about death So when faced with real, no coming back, death, she s at a loss Suddenly, everything is being doubted Is the Revive project really a positive thing Is it fair that she can cheat death We touch base on a lot of subjects From death, to experiencing her first love, to her amazing relationship with her fake father I could feel her joy and her pain We see her at her best, but also at her worse making her an intricately written character Falling in love for the first time is bliss but it s also confusing The romance plays a pretty big part in Revived Daisy and Matt develop a believable and truly sweet relationship Like any teenage romance, there are bumps in the road the ones in this story are particularly steep Although clever and undeniably loving, Daisy may be a bit too trusting I was surprised by how quick she gave away her enormous secret to her boyfriend Maybe it s just simple naivety, but after keeping it for so long she was quick to spill the beans It was definitely not the smartest idea Quick and entertaining, Revived is filled with compelling characters that will lead you in a fun, but also emotionally profound story It s a delightful read that I would recommend if you enjoy contemporary novels with sci fi elements Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads Revived is okay It is less sci fi andof contemporary realistic fiction, in my opinion This is fine actually, I understand it Revived just wants to tell a story where the main character is aiming for a normal life attend school, have friends, etc even it is somehow hopeless, especially if one is a part of secret experiment running by a secret organization Then add the twist that this secret organization isn t really worth trusting for.It s nothing new I have read several novels wit Revived is okay It is less sci fi andof contemporary realistic fiction, in my opinion This is fine actually, I understand it Revived just wants to tell a story where the main character is aiming for a normal life attend school, have friends, etc even it is somehow hopeless, especially if one is a part of secret experiment running by a secret organization Then add the twist that this secret organization isn t really worth trusting for.It s nothing new I have read several novels with this kind of plot but I have no issues with it whatsoever, I just hope for the best that in the end I will like it or even love the book.But the thing with Revived is that my hope has been shoved under the rug by the insta love, I ended up overly unsatisfied in the end The main character Daisy is so head over heels with her love interest, it s irritating and eye roll worthy I mean whenever she sees the guy, a paragraph of description of his handsome appearance will follow It is just too much for me to bear.Daisy is also a naive character who can t keep her mouth shut For being a part of a highly confidential experiment, she is so inclined to share, to her newly found friends or should I say boyfriend, what her life has become just because of the right words he says about her And because she doesn t want to lie to them any.Anyway, I did like the friendship between Daisy and Audrey It s a happy friendship that makes me feel better as I ve read about it It brought some light to a quite dark, should be thrilling novel.I also like the last few chapters who quite satisfy my craving for some real suspense and thrilling action Though, I do think it has been set aside for so long thus, it didn t manage to redeem the enormity of the novel I ve been entertained not really by a lot of cliches and tropes in this book that when I reached the climax, I don t dig it any It s too late WARNING SPOILERS AHEADYou d think dying 5 times over will make onesensible.Evidently not.At least for Daisy McDaniel her real name.Daisy, Daisy, Daisy Now what can I say about our dear, dear protagonist She s a selfish little girl, who thinks the world revolves only around her, no doubt irresponsible and totally immature to boot Having to shift houses and take up new identity everytime she dies, and this of course applies to everyone assigned to babysit her, I would think that she WARNING SPOILERS AHEADYou d think dying 5 times over will make onesensible.Evidently not.At least for Daisy McDaniel her real name.Daisy, Daisy, Daisy Now what can I say about our dear, dear protagonist She s a selfish little girl, who thinks the world revolves only around her, no doubt irresponsible and totally immature to boot Having to shift houses and take up new identity everytime she dies, and this of course applies to everyone assigned to babysit her, I would think that she will take better precaution to prevent her own death But NO Our precious Daisy here decides to take all the unnecessary risks like taking a shortcut through a dark alley, I know and still have the NERVE to grumble about how much she WANTS TO REMAIN AT WHERE SHE IS Then be responsible and take your stupid EpiPen along with youand actually I have no idea what s it supposed to do since there s no real explanation I m guessing save her life That s not the worst yet Stupid heroines I can deal with, if I could survive LUCE PRICE, I sure as hell can survive Daisy, but telling your boyfriend about Revive, a drug that can supposedly bring the dead back to life but only works on healthy bodies i.e disease free, and expect him NOT to ask you to steal the drug for him when he has a sister dying from cancer Now that s just plain dumb image error Sure, you d explain to your boyfriend what works and what doesn t, but hey, if you are desperate enough, you would try anything, wouldn t you Afterall, what s there to lose And for that, Daisy, I m telling you, you have NO RIGHT to be angry at Matt for asking you to steal the drug to save Audrey.I m not even gonna get started on Daisy and her obssession with Matt s hotnesseye rolling.The only character I think I like is probably Audrey Matt s cancer suffering sister I just do, plain and simple Matt on the other hand, he s well, pretty much the sterotype boyfriend you find in so many YA novels these days Nothing much about Matt makes him stand out from the rest No one can beat my Raffe swoons Overall, Revived is at best meh to me Our villians don t get much showtime or development, and I thought that the climax of the book was hardly a climax at all It didn t get me anywhere close to excited, and I sort of figured it all out 3 4 through the book climax in the last 30 pages so when it was finally revealed who was the Big Bad Wolf, I can confidently say I was expressionless Revive has one of the most unique premises I ve come across in YA, but fails to deliver since it seems to leave out the actual plot of the book in the flap that so deceivingly made me think this was a good book.In modern times, there is a secret government project that has made an experimental drug known as Revive, which can revive people back to life Daisy is one of many test subjects, who all died in a bus crash one day and have since then been relocated, given new last names, and given Reviv Revive has one of the most unique premises I ve come across in YA, but fails to deliver since it seems to leave out the actual plot of the book in the flap that so deceivingly made me think this was a good book.In modern times, there is a secret government project that has made an experimental drug known as Revive, which can revive people back to life Daisy is one of many test subjects, who all died in a bus crash one day and have since then been relocated, given new last names, and given Revive every time they die They also live with new people, in Daisy s case Mason and Cassie, who are her legal guardians that are agents for the project After Daisy dies for the fifth time somebody s a klutz , they re relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, where she meets Audrey and Matt McKean, and makes friends outside of the test subjects for the first time in her life.Some people were disappointed because they thought it was a dystopian novel, but it turned out to be a modern day science fiction.Others, like me, are disappointed because this isn t science fiction like we were told it was by the people who thought it was dystopian, but because it s a contemporary romance masquerading behind a flimsy science fiction fa ade The romance isn t even very good, it comes up out of nowhere, you know it s going to happen, there s nothing between the two, Daisy s reasons for falling in love with them are nonexistent, and it took up far too much of the book.The whole book was far too mundane for my tastes Hanging out with her best friend and the friend s brother i.e the love interest , school, visiting other people, hanging out withfriends, doingordinary things, and mentioning of science y things.Do you know what a huge flaw in this book is WE DON T KNOW HOW THE HECK PEOPLE MADE REVIVE So you expect me to believe that people just randomly found out a drug that you inject somebody with a syringe with, but you re not going to tell us how this amazing discovery was made Okay, I m not going along with that I m sorry, but if you re trying to be a science fiction book with contemporary elements or be a contemporary novel with science elements in the background compared to the romance like this book , you need to explain the science elements And if you can t even give us a stupid, random reason at all, then the author should not be writing science fiction.I did not find one character in this book relatable or just likeable There very flat, I didn t connect with them, didn t sympathize with them, and they re not going to be people that I ll be thinking about months from now The love interest felt flat, and of course he was uber hot Audrey should be the one we really sympathize with the most, since you find out some big secret about her health, but I didn t Daisy was whiny, she was farconcerned with friends and boys to advance the plot in any significant way other than finding stuff by chance, and oh my God, how many times can you get freakin stung by bees You re deathly allergic to them, so why don t you ever learn to becareful I m not an expert on CPR, but I know for a fact the chances of you being brought back to life with CPR after being dead for twelve minutes is virtually impossible So don t you dare try and pull that on me, I know for a fact that she should ve been brain dead by the time you saved her So the climax of this stupid book is just not only virtually medically impossible, but it s very convenient for Daisy and it comes too easy Maybe I was just expecting far too much from this book, but I think it s the fact that the marketing team was trying to make it look either far better or far different from what it really was some starry eyed teen romance with random sci fi elements to try and hook readers but only a reader who doesn t care how the heck it s possible, just that it s there When I first heard about this one, a lot of people were tossing around the word dystopia at the time I was readingSlated , which is a dystopia, and which is about a girl whose memory is wiped and she has to start over When I heard about this I thought the concept was pretty similar, and I was curious to see how they d play off of each other But this is not dystopian after all Nor do I think it was meant to be, and I think it s stronger for not taking that path Revived takes place now, When I first heard about this one, a lot of people were tossing around the word dystopia at the time I was readingSlated , which is a dystopia, and which is about a girl whose memory is wiped and she has to start over When I heard about this I thought the concept was pretty similar, and I was curious to see how they d play off of each other But this is not dystopian after all Nor do I think it was meant to be, and I think it s stronger for not taking that path Revived takes place now, and is told in a way that makes it completely plausible for this type of thing covert experiments on new drugs, somewhat shady government outfits, etc to be going on right under our noses I think a lot of authors would have tried to make this a doom and gloom dystopia, and I think that s probably why so many people were tossing around that word But I have to say, I m really glad it s not I appreciate that Cat Patrick didn t take that route, and instead made it ainsular,relatable story As contemporary science fiction, it works as a dystopia, it would fall flat.But because I had been anticipating a dystopian story, this didn t entirely go where I was expecting it to And even once I started reading the story and realized that it wasn t dystopia, readjusted my perception and thought I had the story all figured out, it still didn t go exactly where I was expecting it to And this was a good thing I mean, it did go there in the end, it worked its way back to the shady covert sci fi thing, but there was a detour through some muchhuman, relatable territory I wasn t expecting, and it made itinteresting and poignant as a result Muchhuman and natural than it would otherwise have been I don t want to risk giving anything away, but I was pleasantly surprised by the places Patrick took this and the way it sort of muddled genres into something realistic and authentic for Daisy, the MC.And speaking of, Daisy was a really good main character, and she was surrounded by an excellent supporting cast I really loved her relationships with other people in the book and how organic they felt there could have been some risk of insta lovey ness, but this was one of those rare cases of the speed of things making absolute sense The relationships are a very believable level of gooey, and tempered by some darker, real life things, which, coupled with the characters reactions to those things, keeps the story safe from disgusting YA love levels I also especially loved Daisy s relationship with her not really father secret agent, Mason This was such a great dynamic and it really brought a lot of personal feel to the story, especially compared to most YA lit, where adult characters and parental figures are mostly dead, missing, or absentee.I really loved the God Project , the secret testing of the drug Revive Patrick explores the murkiness of the morality in a thing like this, with how the project was dealt with, the shadowy megalomaniacal aspect, the carelessness with life that would come from being able to cheat death, etc Daisy s realizations of the chances she s been given and how cavalier she has always been about death when she suddenly has to confront the finality of it was effective and well done, and it gave the book dimension I wasn t expecting I did see the end and the villains coming a mile away, but in a dramatic irony intentional way, not an obtuse, why doesn t she get it way And there were a couple of things that were revealed here and there the depth of the conspiracy and the zealotry that I wasn t expecting but was pleasantly pleased to find.All in all, Revived was very quick, readable and entertaining It s also a very rare stand alone woot woot , which always makes me happy I love when an author can give you just 1 complete novel and not be afraid to leave the ending just open enough that you can build your own idea of what will happen to the characters and what their futures will hold And on a random note, I love the cover It s one of those rare instances of a pretty cover actually meaning something to the book, but in an abstract, thoughtful way Well done I read Cat Patrick s debut and, while I struggled with the premise a lot I really enjoyed her writing style, enough that I wanted to read her sopho novel, Revived From the outset, I really enjoy Cat Patrick s breezy writing style Her narratives are so easy to slip into, her characters likeable Daisy narrates like a breath of fresh air She s chatty and vulnerable and just the right kind of unique, with passions and quirks It s Daisy that held me fast to the story.The premise is so intr I read Cat Patrick s debut and, while I struggled with the premise a lot I really enjoyed her writing style, enough that I wanted to read her sopho novel, Revived From the outset, I really enjoy Cat Patrick s breezy writing style Her narratives are so easy to slip into, her characters likeable Daisy narrates like a breath of fresh air She s chatty and vulnerable and just the right kind of unique, with passions and quirks It s Daisy that held me fast to the story.The premise is so intriguing The set up is really well done The mystery and clues and little investigations were compelling enough Yet, as the plot progressed I found myselfunsettled Things started feeling messy like there were all these foundations laid for awesomeness and then the book shifted into a kind of romance But even so, there were little seeds of doubt thrown in with the love interest that had me unsettled and wary The friendship Patrick crafted between the two girls was great, and then when things happened, it felt like it went nowhere and nearly served no purpose I feel a bit like there was this awesome premise, that got too complicated and it was all mashed up with a real contemporary vibe and in the end neither the sci fi ish stuff, not the contemporary stuff worked for me Call me conflicted I liked the characters, but got lost in the story I loved the premise but the characters got in the way of really smashing it As soon as I finished reading Revived, I rushed to GoodReads to check my friends ratings, and they were exactly what I expected them to be eight out of ten gave this book three stars, just like I did In my experience, there are two types of three star ratings the I liked this but didn t love it three stars and the I have no idea how to rate this three stars Revived undoubtedly belongs to the former It wasn t bad by any standard, but it certainly wasn t captivating either I suppose descri As soon as I finished reading Revived, I rushed to GoodReads to check my friends ratings, and they were exactly what I expected them to be eight out of ten gave this book three stars, just like I did In my experience, there are two types of three star ratings the I liked this but didn t love it three stars and the I have no idea how to rate this three stars Revived undoubtedly belongs to the former It wasn t bad by any standard, but it certainly wasn t captivating either I suppose describing a book as merely enjoyable isn t much of a compliment when I so badly hoped to need the words like exciting, mind blowing and spectacular Dying is very unpleasant Fifteen year old Daisy McDaniel should know, she s done it five times so far Each time, she was brought back with an experimental drug called Revive She was five when she died the first time, together with 20 other children, most of whom were also brought back from the dead Now they re all part of a secret experimental program and they re living under different names all over America After getting stung by a bee and dying for the fifth time, Daisy must move to Omaha with two agents who are posing as her parents She s had a lot of practice moving around, but there s one thing she s never done she s never made friends so it s no small surprise when she strikes an immediate friendship with the school s golden girl, Audrey Audrey has an older brother, Matt, and he and Daisy soon realize that they like each other a lot With Audrey on one side and Matt on the other, Daisy is happier than she s ever been, but the Revive program is going through some changes and God, the mysterious scientist behind it, is not acting like himself at all TheI read, theI realized how much wasted potential there is in Revived In the right hands, this story could have torn me apart and then allowed me to put myself back together In Cat Patrick s hands, however, it ended up being mediocre neither the writing nor the plot have any obvious flaws, but I just couldn t help thinking how muchit could have been I felt kind of sad when I should have been sobbing, I smiled inwardly when I should have been grinning like a lunatic, and the scenes that should have made me swoon left me lukewarm at best The relationship between Daisy and Matt was sudden, but it didn t bother me as instalove usually does until she decided to reveal all her secrets to him after four days of relationship As soon as I relaxed and started enjoying the fact that neither of them was proclaiming eternal love, Daisy chose to endanger herself, the agents she was living with and dozens of other people in the program for some boy she d only just met No matter how many right decisions she d made after that, I couldn t forgive her for her recklessness and stupidity I think Cat Patrick could write better books, four and five star books, if only she d dare to further explore the emotional reactions of her characters I have high hopes for her next project.Also posted at The Nocturnal Library Revived committed suicide early on, but somehow it was saved It was Revived Dun, dun, dun.The Science Oh dear god, the science Revive is a drug which brings the recently dead back to life though it heals no wounds and cures no disease.Adrenaline, anyone Has this not been discovered in this world yet Why yes, it has Daisy has epi pens on hand for a deadly allergy So how is it any different from adrenaline There s no answer because Revive s discovery was never explained Nor is the st Revived committed suicide early on, but somehow it was saved It was Revived Dun, dun, dun.The Science Oh dear god, the science Revive is a drug which brings the recently dead back to life though it heals no wounds and cures no disease.Adrenaline, anyone Has this not been discovered in this world yet Why yes, it has Daisy has epi pens on hand for a deadly allergy So how is it any different from adrenaline There s no answer because Revive s discovery was never explained Nor is the state of any Revived individual Are they the living dead Still human Able to reproduce No idea.Also A bus crash with no survivors would mean lots of corpses with fatal injuries Only those who d died by passive means, like asphyxiation, might be revivable Yet they tried the drug out on a child with a foreign body piercing his brain facepalm Then again, in this experiment, no other treatment can be performed in addition to Revive s administration No CPR This means no circulation of oxygenated blood to the brain, heart and lungs critical organs this drug needs to work on So how is it going to get to its target destination from the injection site No defibrillation to restart the heart The drug would have to be administered with 5 minutes of flat lining to avoid risking brain damage or brain death But it would do no good if Revive can t be transported around the body in order to do its job Actual revival rate MINISCULE.Viability of drug under these conditions NONE In conjunction with other resuscitation methods it would probably act like adrenaline, possibly keeping someone alive long enough for surgery But for the sake of secrecy and the experiment the success rate of the drug would be so close to zero it wouldn t be worth using.That CPR trick at the end is a MEDICALLY IMPOSSIBLE 12 minutes dead timed anyway, death had to have occurred much earlier see below with no intervention Nothing you can do, they re dead and gone b LOGISTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE view spoiler According to Wikipedia, anaphylaxis can occur 5 to 30 minutes after exposure, and hundreds of bee stings would ve accelerated the process Say it took 10 minutes until death, plus 12 after Communication boyfriend friend agent aeroplane, finding a suitable place to land, landing and finding flagging down a car near a small town 30 mins at least Driving 100mph for 20 miles equals another 12 minutes hide spoiler Not enough time for help to arrive and still be of any use.Epic science fail on the science fiction front.Realistic contemporary YA frontGreat There were definitely some perfectly portrayed emotional moments concerning view spoiler The Big C hide spoiler Even though I guessed correctly about what was up with Audrey it didn t take away the fact that I haven t encountered this issue in paranormal or sci fi YA before It was different, new Daisy s parental figures, there are three, were all present and or made an appearance No disappearing parent syndrome, although caring Mother 1 was replaced by robo Cassie a.k.a uncaring Mother 2, or the fem bot as Daisy calls her Then there s Mason who I suspected had difficulty staying objective instead of treating his daughter like a lab rat, as he should.Matt, Daisy s love interest, isn t a jerk Nor is he abusive He does act out, but he has every reason for doing so, and he apologises for his behaviour Overall, he s responsible and caring.Megan is a teenage transgendered character, something I ve never encountered in fiction She s my first There were a couple of moments I really felt she was a flamboyantly camp stereotype, most commonly attributed to gay males, but I overlooked this for her valuable insight and understanding.The only thing I didn t get were the cultural references to music Way before my time I m 25.The ConspiracyWhile I anticipated parts of it I wasn t frustrated by its small element of predictability It was satisfactory.ReadabilityDespite the science fails, I kept reading And eagerly, too That says a heck of a lot High quality writing, a fast pace and it demonstrated an excellent understanding of difficult emotions, like guilt and grief.Cringe worthiness Some The ooey gooey crush developing into a romance, the divulging of dangerous secrets when it wouldn t benefit a certain party, and a little Mary Sue ness The Joneses Anyone who s seen this movie will know what I mean Presenting a fake family unit to the outside world, selling the perfect family to the public when in reality none of them are related or romantically involved with each other, and all of them employees of the same organisation It s all pretend David Duchovny is Mason, playing the role of Dad, with the same ensuing emotional development of deepening attachment to a character, but in this case, of the father daughter variety Fake names, documents, moving house every time the cover s blown, again, all reminiscent of the movie.The head of the organisation in the book is nicknamed God for playing god by resurrecting the dead His employees are his Disciples , and Revived children, Converts It makes a surreal sort of sense.ConclusionUsually, failing so completely on the science will earn a book 1, maybe 2 stars, and will be forever consigned to the shit list shelf No, 3 stars this time Even though the romance seemed typically thin at first, it grew into something real, while the emotions of all involved were also authentic I didn t hate the characters, a common complaint with me Being a stand alone also helps its case If I see other works by Patrick in my local library s catalogue, I wouldn t say no to reading them, but I wouldn t trust the science


About the Author: Cat Patrick

Cat Patrick is the author of the upcoming middle grade novel, Tornado Brain, as well as several books for young adults including Summer 2011 Kids Indie Next List pick Forgotten, which sold in 23 countries ALA 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers selection Revived The Originals and Just Like Fate with Suzanne Young Find her online at www.catpatrick.com.


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