Review of Resurrection Inc. by Kevin J. Anderson (trade paperback, Wordfire Press, released June 5, 2012)
The dead walk the streets with their identities blanked, animated by artificial hearts pumping blood substitute through their veins and arteries and their nervous systems stimulated to function by brain-implanted microprocessors. In this world, the company known as Resurrection Inc. gets all the not-badly-mangled corpses dropped off at its door by the local private police force, where they are subsequently reanimated as Servants.
The neo-Satanists are responsible for many of the most recent deaths because they sacrifice people and somehow remove their info from the net.
Danal is a newly-resurrected Servant belonging to the head of the neo-Satanist religion, but all may not be what it seems: Danal stands to get his memories back. What do the head of Resurrection, Inc. and the head of the neo-Satanists have to do with Danal’s past?
Seeing from Rodney Quick’s viewpoint lets the reader see inside the mysterious Resurrection, Inc. and see how Danal was created. Rodney’s work issues with his supervisor (who was a walking Net interface) will be familiar to anyone who has been a company or office worker. Rodney is a sympathetic character despite working for a company that reanimates the dead for use as slaves; he worked very hard to get the job he has, and he cares about doing the best job he can on every Servant. He gives a good idea of the mindset for the average Joe with regard to the Servants.
Danal starts off as a rather blank slate because of the blocks on his memories, but once these are removed he becomes an interesting character in a power struggle for control of the society.
The plot has many twists and turns and even a few backtracks, with surprises linked to Danal’s re-discovery of his identity and the circumstances surrounding his murder by neo-Satanists. The plot moves along quickly and will keep readers hooked until the very last page.
This is a must-read for people who like their urban tales with a bit of technology run amok.