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Virals (Virals, Book 1) Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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Tory and her father live on an island reserved for the faculty who work at the remote research facility on a nearby island. She and her friends often explore the research island. One day, she convinces them to break into the facility to use their equipment in rejuvenating a dog tag ID they found in the woods.
While they have no problems cleaning the dog tags, they discover a missing wild puppy locked in a cage. Outraged, they immediately break Coop out and hide him in their secret cavern.
Tory and her friends take turns caring for the puppy while also trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the dog tags. They search the library, where they uncover clues to the identity of the man. Unfortunately, their search triggers a reaction. Someone doesn't want that information uncovered, and they'll do almost anything to keep Tory and her friends from learning and sharing the truth.
Coop is sick, sick with a strand of virus that infects Tory and her friends. Suddenly, they're having hot flashes, blacking out, and using bursts of adrenaline to execute inhuman feats. These feats occur in times of extreme danger - being followed, chased, shot at, or while breaking into secure buildings.
VIRALS is Kathy Reichs' first foray into the young adult world, and she knocks it out of the park. After a slow start, the tension, drama, danger, mystery, and the strange virus pulsing through the characters' bodies make this book extraordinarily hard to put down. I'm already waiting for the next book in the series.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
Curios kids, they investigate one of the labs and find a puppy, a half wolf / half German Shepherd offspring of the wild wolf inhabitants of the island, hooked up to all sorts of wires an tubes--with his cage marked for his extermination. They grab the pup and run back to their own island home.
And each comes down with whatever has infected the pup, with varying degrees of illness. Tory's dad refuses to let her have a pet, so the four kids keep the pup in an old abandoned WWII defense bunker they've found on their island.
Tory's dad's employer, the doctor who's lab they stole the pup from, finds them and warns them that they might have unfortunate results from the illness they contracted from the dog--just as their bunker is attacked by unknown gun shooting men. The doctor sends the kids and pup through the escape tunnel, then collapses it so the kid can escape, but is killed in the aftermath.Read more ›
I was more than pleasantly surprised when I realised that it was a completly different type of writing.
An adventure story, with twists and turns, although it is targeted at the younger reader, I truly enjoyed the writing and story line.
A bunch of kids and what they get upto on their island south of Key West.
Hope to see more of the "Virlas" in the near future.
The story was somewhat preposterous as she and the boys (so stereotypical as the nerd, the klutz and the quiet, strong type -- Shelton, Hi and Ben) do a lot of breaking and entering and engage in some unbelievable research, snooping, and sleuthing in terms of what their searches find. Of course the parents are absent and clueless about what their offspring are doing. Their fellow students at the high school are also cliche -- the "mean girls", the jock, and the really cute rich guy who flirts with our heroine even though he has a gorgeous girlfriend. I found the suspension of disbelief required to be just too much. Even with their new found powers (derived from what exactly? a supervirus?), the narrative defied my ability to be entertained and mostly irritated me.Read more ›
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Obviously written as a YA book, but still enjoyable for an adult. I enjoy sci-fi, and even though genetic mutation is a common theme in many sci-fi books/movies, it was fun. Read morePublished 3 days ago by L. Pratt
A disappointing outing for someone with over a dozen bestsellers... The story had some plot holes and weak writing. A skeleton's identity is ID'd with DNA... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Iaslin Daugherty
This is a must listen to audio book for young and old alike.Published 1 month ago by Debbie McNally
Kudos. Would not have expected this type of book from Kathy Reichs, but she came through with her usual brilliance.Published 1 month ago by Susan Catlett
My 13 year old grand-daughter is an avid reader, so I introduced her to Kathy Reichs young adult series Virals. She couldn't get enough of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sharon Humphrey