Friday, 27 September 2013

Caragh Reviews - Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

Published - 31st October 2011
Publisher - Allison & Busby
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn't the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment--until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated--literally, and with extreme prejudice. Wit the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem--pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She'd better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave--a real working stiff. She'd be better off dead...

 *Insert fangirling about Rachel Caine*

Now that's covered, I should probably dive right in to the review!
I love me some Zombie books but Rachel Caine deals with the undead in a totally different way! Kick-ass Bryn Davis starts working at a Mortuary and it isn't long until she finds out about Pharmadenes special little talent; creating shots to bring the dead back to life! Awesome, right? Wrong. Once you've been given the drug you then need it every single day - and of course it comes at a huge price. 

Bryn has always been a hard worker and has always tried to do what she thinks is best, and that only becomes more apparent when she, along with sometimes-suspicious Pharmadene employees try to find the source of the dealers in order to take down the company and stop their inhumane acts. 

For the most part I really enjoyed Working Stiff. The concept was beyond awesome, a kick-ass woman taking charge of the situation (and the men!) and great writing from Caine as always. Though it took me such a long time to read! There's a section quite a bit after the beginning but before the halway point that just..drags. For lack of a better word. It's not that it's uninteresting because it isn't at all. It just felt like it could be more related to the story and a little bit more action. However, once I did start reading properly I couldn't put it down. Bryn and her new Pharmadene friends were awesome in every sense of the word. 

One thing Caine is excellent at is making the dangers that the characters face seem incredibly real. Physical pain, emotional turmoil, anxiety... you feel it all right alongside Bryn and it pulls you into the story completely. The events of Working Stiff, particularly the ending lead me to believe that the Revivalist series could well be one of my favourites. It raises a lot of moral questions too which makes it great for discussion.

It's also SO different from her other series too. I think it's safe to say that Rachel Caine has a series out there that is suited to every type of reader. The next book, Two Weeks Notice is on my upcoming to read books and the third is out soon so I definitely recommending reading this one now!

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