Early 5bat! Review: Two Weeks’ Notice (Revivalist #2) by Rachel Caine

July 31, 2012 Review 6 ★★★★★

*This title will be released on August 7, 2012*

Two Weeks’ Notice

(Revivalist, #2)
by Rachel Caine

Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: No
Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback:320 pages
  • Publisher:Roc; August 7, 2012
  • ISBN-10:0451464621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464620

Rating

Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.

Sex scenes.

Description

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.

And when some of the members of a support group for Returne addicts suddenly disappear, Bryn begins to wonder 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…

Review

It’s rare that a sequel can top its predecessor, and given the enthusiastic 5 bats I gave WORKING STIFF, I never expected TWO WEEKS’ NOTICE to become my new favorite in the series.  The bleak circumstances of the first few chapters set me up for a mind blowing ending that has my excitement about this series turned up to an all time high.

Though Bryn’s circumstances at the start of TWO WEEKS’ NOTICE have changed drastically since we first met her in WORKING STIFF, underneath the luxurious accommodations and zombie grief counseling I saw the same calm, capable, utterly bomb proof heroine I fell in love with in book one.  And all of that strength is needed now more than ever as the bleakness of life after revival sinks in.  Much like Chess Putnam of Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts, Bryn’s condition makes her day to day existence precarious and heartbreakingly vulnerable.  But if the first portion of TWO WEEKS’ NOTICE is spent reminding you of the depression and fear of life as a nanite zombie, both Bryn’s love life and her self esteem take explosive turns for the better soon after.  Though I haven’t quite figured out Patrick McCallister as a leading man, he more than proves his chops as a sex symbol in TWO WEEKS’ NOTICE.  Alone with the good (and the steamy), the Revivalist series doesn’t gloss over unpleasantness either.  Rather, Bryn’s abilities come at a significant physical and psychological cost that makes her all the more satisfying as a heroine. Though the violence is ratcheted up this time around, all of the emotional pain more than pays off in impact by book’s end.

In addition to greater emotional punch, I like the way Caine manages villains and threats in TWO WEEKS’ NOTICE.  Even Annie, one of my least favorite characters in WORKING STIFF, is used to much greater effect.  I don’t want to spoil anything by going into details, but I felt that both old threats and new were exciting, intriguing, and really well written.  Though Caine’s ability to write wicked women is nearly unmatched, I also I love that her character palette ranges beyond love interests and villains to include families, pets, and happy couples.  Joe Fideli in particular had some hilarious dialogue with Pat and Bryn this time around.

After two in a row, I think it’s safe to say that the Revivalist series just plain does it for me.  Managing the transition between series installments is a tricky business, and TWO WEEKS’ NOTICE is a great example of how to do things right.  The entire action-packed conclusion was thrilling and well written, and the ending caught me completely off guard with a delicious twist.  Not your average cliffhanger, Caine treats fans to a game-changing development that definitely puts Revivalist #3 at the top of my “Must Read” list.

  1. Working Stiff – 5/5


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6 Responses to “Early 5bat! Review: Two Weeks’ Notice (Revivalist #2) by Rachel Caine”

  1. A.H.

    Great review. I loved this book even more than Working Stiff. Can’t wait for the next book.

  2. Mary @ Book Swarm

    I loved this book! Rachel Caine is up to her old tricks with this series–already putting her characters through such hell, you kind of feel bad for them. This can’t end well…

    • Julia

      You may be pleasantly surprised (for TWO WEEKS’ NOTICE, at least). I did not expect the ending twist, I’m so hopeful for Bryn!

  3. Janice

    I just bought this book. I loved Working Stiff. I can’t wait to read this one.

  4. Jennifer

    I’m so excited to read this book!!! I read the first one after hearing about it on your blog and loved it.