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Working Stiff (Revivalist, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2011
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But for Bryn Davis, death is only the START of her troubles. Rachel Caine's "Working Stiff," the first book in a new series, quickly kills off the heroine and reanimates her, and launches her into a bizarre, action-packed adventure. However, this book can be downright depressing at times, and the story sometimes drags in overcomplex circles.
Ex-soldier Bryn Davis takes a job as a funeral director, but her first day is a disaster. A teen girl kills herself, Bryn is pursued by the creepy Fast Freddy, and she discovers that her boss is selling a strange drug that reanimates the dead. And then he kills her.
When she wakes up, she's still technically dead -- but she's being kept animate by an experimental drug called Returne, which the Pharmadene company has discovered. However, they will only keep her alive for as long as she's useful to them, and since their company has a leak connected to her funeral home, they want her to ferret out the supplier.
But while hired gun Joe Fideli and the icy security chief McCallister are helping her, Bryn knows that her days are literally numbered. And as she becomes tangled in elaborate webs of conspiracy and megalomania, she finds that her enemies are both inside and outside Pharmadene... and if she doesn't stop them, the entire world may be next.
It took me a long time to figure out why I simply didn't like "Working Stiff." But eventually I worked it out -- this book is possibly the darkest, bleakest story that Rachel Caine has written to date. And not in a good way, but in a "I want to suck on the business end of a Glock" way.Read more ›
Borrow it, read it, then return it. It's not what I would call a "keeper," so I'm not going to be purchasing the second book in this series.
But...it was downright disturbing in several places. And the large-scale concepts of death, being conscious in a decaying body, being dependent on a daily shot of a rare, controlled drug or face slow, tortuous death was very disconcerting. Several parts truly bothered me.
Zombies are not my thing. I really don't see the appeal. (At all.) But what made this so disturbing was the *humanity* of Bryn and how she was an otherwise completely normal, feeling, scared woman. It's hard sometimes to read something where the main character is such a victim in ways she didn't ask for and can't escape. It troubles me.
And yet, it was a solid book.
So, I don't know. I'd give it 4 stars with the caveat the you need to be ok with some serious horror in a very real, very difficult to get out of your head after you put the book down sorta way.
Oh and...What happened to the dog?
I try to always find something positive about a book I disliked and generally it is not that hard, but I have to say that it is a struggle for me to come up with anything positive about this book. The best I can do is say that the premise of a drug company creating a drug that resurrects people is entertaining and fairly original. But that's all I've got.
So, what didn't I like? Bryn, for starters. She was just not a likeable character. She was very rigid and uninteresting. She wasn't a particularly strong character. She seemed to be falling to pieces every few pages, and I just don't enjoy that. Along with Bryn, the supporting characters were not great. They were flat and very stereotypical.
The plot was convoluted. It's paranormal; it's corporate espionage; it's zombies; it's organized crime...it's crap is what it is. It was a hodgepodge of ridiculousness. And the ridiculous plot just drug on and on and on.
I have a general rule that I do not judge an entire series by the first book in that series. If I did that, I wouldn't be reading some of my absolute favorite series today. However, I am going to break that rule for this book. It was so bad and I see no redeeming qualities in this book that would warrant me spending my time on it.
If you feel compelled to read this book, get it from the library. I would strong advise just skipping it altogether.
There is romantic tension, crazed characters, and lots of rotting reanimated dead people. So Brynn prefers filet mignon to human brains, she still knows how to dress for success.
I thought it was a rapid ride through zombie land, and Irene Harte, the head of Pharmadene, is evil in a dress.
It is sci-fi, gore, and smart, intelligent zombies. This book is fast, furious, and not for the faint of heart.
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Working Stiff - (A Revivalist Novel) by Rachel Caine
I can guarantee that having read this book you will look at funeral directors in a new light. Read more
Enjoyable writing with some very strange quirks. Fun read for the less than squeamish.Published 12 months ago by R. Mullen
Interesting book with a number of twists that throw you off. It ties together well and is an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jimmy J. Shaw
Loved them all please keep them all coming and thank you very much.Published 18 months ago by Richad Marsh
Interesting Book. By looking at the title I thought it was about a woman who worked hard. I had no idea she was murdered and brought back using Nanites. Good BookPublished 21 months ago by Linda Fraley
Rachel Caine doesn't disappoint with this latest series. Great plot line and a good story. Although I have to laugh that she still has a mad scientist in her list of characters. Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Beckie!
As always this book is a wonderful read. Rachel Caine never fails to deliver a strong female lead, slight romance that intrigues but doesn't dominate the plot. Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by Crystal
I have always liked Rachel Caine's books. Her characters are well defined. Her stories are always solid. And her writing style is fluid and easy to read. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Paranormal Ink
My experience with zombies has been the brain eating, lumbering along, totally inhuman beings. This new side of a zombie was definitely different. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Tanya Davis