I recommended VIRALS to someone recently and told them to check my site for the review. When they told me it wasn't there, I was shocked. So, first and foremost, my apologies for keeping this book from you for so long. The good news is, the second book, SEIZURE, is due out October 18, 2011.
This book initially caught my eye because of the author. I am a big fan of the show BONES, which is inspired by the Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs. VIRALS is from the point of view of Tory Brennan, the fourteen year old niece of Tempe Brennan.
I flew through this book, absolutely devoured it. The first line of the prologue will give you an idea of what I mean:
"A gunshot is the loudest sound in the universe."
In addition to the fast-paced scenes, gripping mystery, and the great writing, Kathy Reichs knows how to create interesting characters. All of the characters in the book, including the teenagers, were smart, well drawn, and complete. Each one had a story to tell, with their own pull for the reader. When I'm reading a book that I know is going to be the start of a series, I am drawn in if the entire cast is interesting, not just the protagonist.
It has been a while since I read VIRALS, but when I picked up my copy to write this better-late-than-never review, it all came back to me. There is nothing worse than picking up a book six months after you've read it and don't have a spark of memory - not VIRALS!
I am just as excited about it now as I was when I first read it, and now I can't wait for the sequel next month!
Synopsis: 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’re a pack. They are Virals.
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Razorbill; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
About the Author:
Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist, like her character Temperance Brennan, and creator of the Fox television hit Bones, now in its fifth season. Reichs has written twelve books in the Bones series, all New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Virals is her first novel for young readers
*Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.