Two Weeks’ Notice (Revivalist #2) by Rachel Caine

In  New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s “thrilling”* Revivalist series, Bryn Davis finds out that making a living can be rough if you’re already dead…
After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife—with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid on Pharmadene’s life-altering discovery, no matter the cost. Thankfully, some things have changed for the better; her job at the rechristened Davis Funeral Home is keeping her busy and her fragile romance with Patrick McCallister is blossoming—thanks in part to their combined efforts in forming a support group for Returne addicts. But when some of the group members suddenly disappear, Bryn wonders if the government is methodically removing a threat to their security, or if some unknown enemy has decided to run the zombies into the ground…

Rating: 5/5

I think this may be becoming one of my favorite series. Bryn is such a strong character (both from the perspective that she’s written very well and she is actually a strong person). She’s a great “leading lady,” so to speak. And Patrick … Oh, Patrick …

I was impressed in the first book at the creation of this “experimental drug,” and how Bryn found herself in the middle of a whole bunch of crap (I love that all writers have sadism in common …). It was a creative use for a not-exactly-uncommon idea. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from book two after the conclusion of Working Stiff— I mean, there were the obvious unconcluded lines of plot arc that were going to be followed, but I was convinced that the second book couldn’t possibly blow me away with the imagery and concepts in the same way as the first book, simply because so much had already been done.

I was wrong.

I won’t go into the pieces of the plot that I thought were particularly good, and I won’t comment much on the decisions Bryn made between books to better cope with her situation—I was impressed, and pleased that Caine went down the path she did. I could relate to Bryn’s choices even though I couldn’t relate to her circumstance at all, and I have the utmost respect for Caine’s ability to pull off such a relationship with her readers.

What I will talk about is how Caine made a clear point of not letting her story go static. Even with how much development we got out of Working Stiff, Two Weeks’ Notice still had tons of new elements to explore, and the “experimental drug” got even scarier. The last chunk of book (roughly 20%) was a complete page-turner, and I didn’t want to set it down because so much was happening, so much was revealed, and, even more importantly, more questions were raised. I’m seriously looking forward to Terminated now, which I will probably read and review in the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait!

Posted on September 19, 2013, in Science Fiction and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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