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.
You often hear me say that a book just wasn’t for me when I dislike a book. I say that because a lot of the time, it’s not the book. It’s just me. And there are plenty of readers that I’m sure will love that book, I just won’t be one of them. Well guess what? THIS BOOK WAS FOR ME. As noted before, this is a book by the writer of the Bones novels and the TV series. I, personally, have no idea what that series is, but if it encourages you to read this book, then so be it.
To be honest, you really have to get through the first 80 or so pages of this book before it truly takes off. It’s not boring, it’s just that Kathy Reichs had to put up all the settings and characters before she could work her magic. That’s completely understandable to me.
The action, adventure, suspense, thriller, humor and mystery tones to this book are bold, out loud and just flat-out awesome. I’m definitely going to read the rest of this series, and I hope that Kathy Reichs comes out with more YA novels, because she could climb to be one of my top ten favorite authors. I’ll probably try some of her adult novels too.
In a way, think of this as super-charged, YA, enhanced-DNA Scooby-Doo.
All of the characters in this book except maybe the Tripod and Jason won my heart at some point or another in this story. They were all believable, well made and consistent. I’d like to see more of Ben and Chance in the next book. I absolutely loved Cooper, the wolf-dog that the gang tries to nurse back to health in this story. I’m telling you! Scooby Doo!
As for Tory, Tory was an intelligent, strong heroine that was believable, funny and heartwarming. I cannot wait for the next book, I heard it’s even better, but I think this one’s my favorite. I dunno, I guess we’ll see! 4.6 stars.
pg count for the hardcover: 448
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