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: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆
Well are pseudo-zombies are becoming a little less pseudo. Please be prepared for some SPOILERS to be dropped as I discuss the turn of events that have occurred in book two. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what direction Ms. Caine was going to go with this book. I figured something would go wrong because we have the government dealing with the cleanup up Pharmadene and a large amount of innocent Revived people. I mean what are you going to do with innocent citizens who were killed and revived to be turned into flesh and blood robots (yeah and here’s a spoiler which is actually not since it’s something you’ll know if you read book 1: Returne brings back via nano type technology that keeps the body functioning although one has to keep taking the drug to get the nanonites; secondary bad side is nanoites allow people who know the magic words to make Revived follow orders against their will), who basically won’t age as long as the keep hitting their drug to live. It spells total nightmare for hiding a major secret about this drug.
Then there’s the fact that Mercer and his assistant Fast Freddy were still out there with Bryn’s poor turned against her will Revived sister, Annalie. So there was definitely plot ends from the last book that needed to be addressed. And while Bryn was annoying in some ways in the last book (former military who did a tour in the Middle East and she can’t properly defend herself or have common sense in danger situations, really???), I still wanted her to become one of the living again because it really wasn’t fair for her or the other corporate drones who got turned.
Well part of our loose ends get addressed. Bryn frees her sister and manages to get her free from Protocols that Mercer put on her although for some reason Mercer wants to get his hands on her. Not quite sure why and to later on he becomes a sorta-kinda of ally so that throws things off even more. And then we learn the FBI decides to put most of the cleanup work to a contractor. Seriously? Contractors are all about their own power and money, they don’t care as we have seen in examples in real life and unfortunate hint of future events in the US government…… but backing away real-life political talk and moving on. We learn that the government was more aware of the Returne then before and looking to create super soldiers who obey without questions…. can we say conspiracy theory and bad things.
Well this leads to a whole lot of problems and I’ll stop from any more spoilers then Pat’s evil ex-wife and new types of nanoites that breed so no more shots. Bad thing is they do breed excess nanos who must move to a new host and require their hosts to eat protein to maintain them…. aka any protein and there we have it real zombies except smart.
I’m seriously wondering how this going to end now….