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Virals (Virals Series #1)

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12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Reichs goes YA and Sci-fi

I know some eyebrows went up among my reading friends when it was announced that Kathy Reichs was writing a YA novel -especially those who didn't make it through the dense writing of Déja Dead. But Reich's writing style has evolved over the past ten years into some...
I know some eyebrows went up among my reading friends when it was announced that Kathy Reichs was writing a YA novel -especially those who didn't make it through the dense writing of Déja Dead. But Reich's writing style has evolved over the past ten years into something that is highly accessible. I had no doubt this would be the start of a fantastic YA series - and it is.

Tory Brennan is actually Tempe's great-niece. Remember Kit her screwball nephew from Deadly Decisions? Well, he's all grown up, a marine biologist who works for the University of Charleston, and he's just discovered he has a daughter. Tory is smart but naive and not only does she takes after Tempe, she idolizes her - which is how the trouble starts.

Hanging around on the monkey habitat/research island where their parents work (similar to the one mentioned in Death Du Jours, but this island carries a different name), the teens get bombarded by an angry monkey. Tory realizes that the object the monkey has hurled at her are heavily crusted dog tags and she starts wondering who they belong to and how the tags ended up there. She convinces the gang to break into one of the research labs so that she can clean the tags with a sonicator so they are legible... perhaps they can return them to their owner. This one decision starts a cataclysm of events.

Though it took some time for Reichs to set the exposition, it was worth it - and she gives young readers a prologue straight from one of the action sequences to hook them. While the reader is aware that the teens have become infected, Tory and her friends have to discover it on their own. This revelation culminates with some extraordinary sensory perception and physical capabilities, if only the Virals could control when and where it happens - as it is they're already outsiders at the prep school they attend due to their academic prowess and more modest means.

Once the action starts, Reichs doesn't let up. The teens try to go to the authorities but the local cops opinion is that "academics and their kids are prone to exaggeration". With the adults being uncooperative, the Virals decide to investigate for themselves, both the dog tags, and their mysterious illness with the crazy symptoms.

I think any analogy of Virals as a modern day Nancy Drew story is a bit of an oversimplification. I grew up on Nancy Drew; this is so much better. The characters are more balanced, and far better developed. The plot is tight and the action intense and realistic. Though the story centers on Tory, she couldn't manage with out her friends, each of whom has expertise in different scientific areas. There's lots of action an plenty of mystery. As her friends are all guys, I think the story lends itself equally to teenagers of either sex.

This is classic spell-binding Reichs writing with a new sci-fi twist thrown in...

READ MORE: http://girlsjustreading.blogspot.com/2010/07/jenns-review-virals.html

posted by Jenn-at-GirlsJustReading on July 16, 2010

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4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

It's alright, I guess.

OMG THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME AND I LEARNED A LOT FROM IT THAT A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD PROBABLY SHOULDN'T KNOW BUT I GOT AT A DISCOUNT STORE FOR ONLY THREE DOLLARS IT WAS STILL WORTH THE MONEY AND THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CONDENSED INTO ONE SENTENCE BUT IT IS BECAUSE THIS BO...
OMG THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME AND I LEARNED A LOT FROM IT THAT A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD PROBABLY SHOULDN'T KNOW BUT I GOT AT A DISCOUNT STORE FOR ONLY THREE DOLLARS IT WAS STILL WORTH THE MONEY AND THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CONDENSED INTO ONE SENTENCE BUT IT IS BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    It's alright, I guess.

    OMG THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME AND I LEARNED A LOT FROM IT THAT A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD PROBABLY SHOULDN'T KNOW BUT I GOT AT A DISCOUNT STORE FOR ONLY THREE DOLLARS IT WAS STILL WORTH THE MONEY AND THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CONDENSED INTO ONE SENTENCE BUT IT IS BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME!!!

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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