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Virulent: The Release (The Virulent Chronicles Book 1) (Virulent Trilogy) Kindle Edition
|Length: 308 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Grade Level: 6 - 12|
- Book 1 of 4 in Virulent Trilogy
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- Publication Date : January 31, 2013
- File Size : 2163 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 308 pages
- Publisher : Arthur Press; 6th Edition (January 31, 2013)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00B9ZUZ64
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 061576617X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #455,313 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Her best friend Salem, she is a dreamer. Her parents die in the initial infection and now Lucy is her only "family". They are the best of friends. Where Lucy is more reserved Salem is outgoing and flirty. She loves gossip and being in the middle of things, which Lucy lives thru vicariously.
Grant Trotter is a quiet pole-vaulter that get stuck with the girls. He tries to protect them and refuses to leave without them. He is obsessed with zombies in an endearing, dorky, way.
The three get trapped in their school during the outbreak. Their Principle, Spencer, sees the value in the schools supplies and goes on a rampage to keep it to himself.
Meanwhile Ethan has gone to the airport to try to locate the rest of their family. While there he is hit by a car from someone suffering the effects of the virus. He is saved my Darla along with her 5 year old son Teddy.
When Ethan and Darla finally get to his house Ethan realizes that his father may have had a hand in the infection.
I really enjoyed the book. The characters felt real. They each had flaws and different ways to deal with what was going on. It was not cliché with typical moments where you know exactly what will happen.
About 80% into the book I realized the series was going to be one long journey, not three distinct ones. Also, there was a prolonged period of "wait, I'll tell you later. Now is not the time" for no good reason. It dragged on forever and as soon as you were let in and what was going on, they would do it again, and again. It got kind of frustrating.
But all in all I loved the characters involved. The world building was fantastic. I originally gave this 4 stars but after reading the second one upped it a star. I understood the pacing better and everything flowed. I am currently on the third and can't get enough. Excellent series! Highly recommend.
Lucy King has just been thrust into a world where everyone around her is dying. Someone has let loose a deadly virus on the entire world that started off by killing the dogs. One day she got up and all of the dogs were just gone. At that point some of the elderly and very young children were getting sick with flu-like symptoms, but death came quickly. Then everyone else started dying. People were just dropping left and right. The bad thing is that all of the chaos starts on the day that Lucy and her family are supposed to be going on a vacation given to her dad, who is a scientist. He had been working on some major project for a long time and his job was now giving them a vacation. They had their vaccinations and their bags were ready to go out somewhere close to Madagascar. But that day Lucy had forgotten her homework at the high school in her locker and Ethan, her big brother, had to drive her back real quick. When she gets there though the school is on lock down. Once she is in, she can't get back out to her brother. What she sees inside will forever change her. There are bodies in the hallway and classrooms of fallen classmates and teachers, and everyone is in the auditorium awaiting instructions from their dictator principal. Even though death comes quickly to those falling ill, it is gruesome with vomiting and bleeding from their eyes, nose, and mouth. Many families outside of the school have been wiped out at this point. And now Lucy is stuck here. What she doesn't know? It is safer inside the locked down school than outside where looting and illegal activities have started. The only thing she must deal with inside is the crazy principal that is now showing his true colors. Lucy is determined to get out and to her family. But she will need the help and support of her friends, Salem and Grant. That is, if they live long enough to get out.
"Have you thought that maybe we're just taking longer...to die."
If someone actually let loose such a virus on the Earth, I would imagine things would go something like this should it be at a time when school was in session. It is a rather graphic book in some ways, but it shows a side to humanity that is rarely seen, especially where I live in the United States. War, chaos, and death is not familiar to many areas around the globe. A virus that wipes out humanity this fast would create a panic unlike any we had ever seen. Lucy King has to live through some absolutely horrifying circumstances during this book. The reality of nothing being safe to eat or drink anymore if it isn't packaged, is a harsh reality indeed. They cannot even use the toilets because they are overflowing with contaminated water. Everything is poisoned with the virus: the crops, the water, the people. Even when they do get out of the school, almost everyone is dead. The few that are alive do what they must to survive, and they are dangerous. The real surprise comes when Lucy learns more about the time frame of the virus and how her family is more connected to it than she knows. This nightmare could be even worse than what is going on outside.
Top reviews from other countries
Although the majority of this book is set in the high school...again it is not your average `high school setting' - basically there is a virus killing everyone, and the school, for the safety of the students, has gone into lockdown - however the gun wielding school Principle kinda puts a different slant on everything.
I finished this book in 1 day...and wished I had read a little slower - however I did buy the second book in the series and already am 23% of the way through it....am trying to slow down...really I am...but it is SOOOO good!
The idea of a virus than can kill all dogs, and all of humanity did require a suspension of belief, because no matter what science comes up with, it seems unlikely that the whole of humanity could be killed off.
Fast paced, well drawn characters, and perhaps I might consider this to be a young adult read, if not for the subject matter. I really enjoyed this and was glad to see a second book was available.