This is a review of “Two Week’s Notice” by Rachel Caine. It is the second novel in the Revivalist Series. It follows on from “Working Stiff“.
As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers.
Bryn Davis is one of the Revived. That is, she was dead until she was brought back to life through the drug Returnè. She’s alive but not. More like a zombie. Dead, and then brought back. Little robotic nanites live in her system, constantly repairing her body and keeping it from decaying, and repairing any other damage she may sustain. But to do this, they require the daily shot of Returnè. Essentially Bryn is an addict, and she really can’t go more than 24hours without her fix.
And she’s not the only one. In the wake of the Pharmadene disaster that befell employees in “Working Stiff“, there are a number of dead(-but-not-quite) people who are not quite sure how to adjust to life as a revived person. Bryn has been unofficially helping them out, forming a support group, and talking them through tough situations (“how do I tell my family that I am a … y’know … zombie?”). But when Bryn notices that a few too many of the Revived have been falling out of touch and essentially disappearing, she can’t help but wonder if Pharmadene or the Government is responsible for trying to clean up their mess.
Bryn’s Revived sister Annie, is still missing herself and this is worrying Bryn to no end. With the help of the spunky Patrick McAllister and their friend Joe Fidelli, Bryn sets out to find her sister and get to the bottom of the missing Pharmadene employees. It goes without saying that Bryn’s probably going to be in for a whole lot of hurt.
As with “Working Stiff” (and indeed any Rachel Caine novel I have ever read) I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and premise of this novel. It was interesting, gruesome, horrifying and at times touching. There was a huge twist at the end that I really didn’t see coming.
I am definitely looking forward to reading the third and final installment, the ominously titled “Terminated”.