Series: Virals #1
Author: Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Penguins Group/ Razorbill
Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.
As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot-if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent. Fortunately, they are now more than friends: They are a pack. They are Virals
Kathy Reichs is the best selling author of the Temperance Brennan series, which turned into one of my favourite shows on TV right now “Bones”. So I have to admit that I had to sites set high. I mean this a best selling author who has written fifteen books in the best selling series. But from what I hear this was the first teen series that she has written and I will admit there is still some room for improvement but overall I was pretty impressed.
This was a pretty cool book. It was something different. Instead of being introduced to so supernatural being we actually get the next batch of super heroes; the next batch of science experiments gone wrong and ending up being good. And better yet I liked that it was something that happened to four people and each one more different than the next but somehow they all manage to get along. I love this group of kids. I love the determination, their sarcasm, and how each one of their smarts when grouped together becomes a super genius.
Tory: She’s not a girly girl, but not entirely one of the boys either. She’s nerdy, quiet and cool.
Ben: Strong silent type. I think there should be more Ben
Hi: Hilarious starts with Hi. And generally ends with him because he is funny.
Shelton: he adds to the mix and somehow makes everyone crazy by egging people and situations on.
Coop: the greatest Wolfdog in the world.
I found that some of this book was a little long. Perhaps it was that there were two mysteries going on at the same time or just that it took a long time to finally get down to business. On top of that it was only half way through the book that they became “Virals” so it’s needless to say everything did move a little bit slowly.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall I found the writing style to be a little bit different. There were some times that I had to re-read something just to make sure I was getting it correctly and mainly it was when some of the humour was being brought across or when she was using the language to get across some of the characteristics of each character. So sometimes the meaning got lost in the translation but generally you can find your way back somewhere in the middle.
Click here to read some of my favourite quotes from Virals by Kathy Reichs
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Viewer Type Recommendation:
Crime fiction lovers, paranormal lovers
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