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Virals Paperback – August 23, 2011
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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 ›
At the beginning I did not like the voice of the main character. I thought the author was searching too hard to capture today's youth and coming up with something that was just hard to read. Over the course of the book, I became more used to the voice and it was less bothersome.
I like that there is a strong girl protagonist who is not pitted against other girls. So many books about girls don't seem to think that a girl can stand up to boys or men as the antagonist. Also, the main character has four friends who are all boys. Not sure if that is good or not, but she is definitely their leader.
There are a couple of inconsistencies in the book. For example, at one point one of the kids describes the World War 1 as being in this century. Even I don't consider that this century since that was in the 20th century and we are now in the 21st. Plus all the kids in the book would have been born after the turn of the millennium so the 1910s would seem like ancient history to them. In fact, given that it is now 2015, WW1 was more than 100 years ago.
That's all pretty minor though. The book gets off to a slow start, although interesting. By the end it has picked up a lot of momentum, becoming something of a thriller. There is a bit of blood, gore, and murder involved but not more than your average kid could handle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite my type of book. Great mystery for a teenager. She does write well and keeps you reading.continue writing.Published 3 days ago by Sharon Pickens
Absolutely loved this book and would definitely recommend it to young readers. Using this in my science class this year.Published 5 days ago by Shannon Windsor
This is a teen version of the Tempe Brennan novels, but better. Tory Brennan is 14 and has moved to an island offshore of South Carolina. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather Pearson
I'm On To the next book in this series. That is my complement. I think you'll enjoy it as well.Published 1 month ago by Jay Bagwell
Kathy Reichs can write and I have no doubt that teens would find this a very interesting read. I had a hard time getting beyond the idea that it was a young adult book -- it felt... Read morePublished 1 month ago by bookgal
The mystery part was okay with the perp being a little obvious but the viral part was very unscientific.Published 1 month ago by Thomas J Belko
Pretty good book. It made me want to finish it, and then it make me want to read the next one, so...Published 2 months ago by Sessa K.
I'm really enjoying this series. Great characters and storyline.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found it starting off slow but got interesting as the story unfolded.Published 2 months ago by Irwin Lentchner