Virulent: The Release

Virulent: The Release

by Shelbi Wescott


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Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she knows it. An unknown bioterrorist group unleashes a virus that virtually wipes out the earth's population-leaving Lucy, and a small faction of survivors, trapped inside her high school to wait out the apocalypse.

War, looting, and death wreak havoc outside the school; inside, the students must contend with a tyrannical and paranoid principal and their own struggles of being orphaned, frightened, and unsure of what the future will bring.

What begins as a basic fight for survival turns into a search for answers that will challenge everything Lucy has ever known about her life and her family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615766171
Publisher: Arthur Press
Publication date: 02/23/2013
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Shelbi Wescott is a high school language arts, journalism, and creative writing teacher in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Lewis and Clark College, she loves board games, television shows, and anything with zombies. She lives in Oregon with her husband (a local newspaper editor) and her two sons.

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Virulent: The Release 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.  Really enjoyed it. After reading another review on here about a mom who didn't want her daughter to read this book, I have to say I completely disagree with her. This book looks at real issues in today's world and I believe that her review was incorrect. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of a book but the previous reviewer didn't like the book because she didn't like that Wescott included theses issues in a teen(YA) book. She shouldn't review a book negatively because she doesn't believe or agree with in an authors viewpoint.   I enjoyed the book very much...try it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent characters (powerful, unique, and not overly cliche), awesome storyline(apocalypse as it is happening, high school students trying to survive, bio-terrorism), and frustrating but well done cliffhanger ending. I read this out loud to my Intervention students (9th grade NON READERS), and they were totally in to the book the entire time. Granted, they loved hearing that I knew the author and the school the majority of the book takes place in, but even beyond that, I think they identified with the heroine, the setting, and the feelings Wescott evokes in this survivalist tale. Really well done. P.S. Book 2 is EVEN BETTER!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no idea what this previous reviewer is talking about.  The book has strong characters that represent a diverse fabric of American society.  The book is exciting, intriguing and a great read for young adults.  There is a lot to relate to for teens and adults as well.  I highly recommend.
Ksiddall More than 1 year ago
Great Story with an great backstory! Honestly, I don’t know which I liked more: the novel itself or the story behind the writing of Virulent: The Release. Written as a challenge from a student to create a post-apocalyptic young adult story set in their high school, English teacher Shelbi Wescott surely has a win with this terrifying tale inside what is normally seen as a safe haven. The action and danger is non-stop. The characters act, speak, and interact as you’d expect teens to – even under such horrifying circumstances. Adults that are looked to for protection act crazy or fall apart at the seams. Strangers end up being the compassionate saviors. The author builds a close-knit family unit and immediately separates our main character from this safety net as well. I worried right along with Lucy about whether her family was alive or dead. I agonized over the come-and-go cellphone signal and the meaning of the text messages and their timing. I wondered if Lucy’s brother, Ethan, was really coming to the rescue or if he’d never made it at all. The larger setting is Portland, Oregon with its urban setting, its rivers, and the farmland only a little ways out of town. Clues the characters discover at Lucy’s home tell them to flee to another part of the country and we’ll have to wait until book 2 in the series to see if they can successfully do this and whether or not the rest of the family has survived. I highly recommend this zombie-free young adult novel to those fans of both young adult in general and post-apocalyptic fantasies as well.
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Fortunately I was pre-reading for my daughter. I let the first "alternative lifestyle" refrence slide, but deleted the book after the second. It wasn't necessary and did not add anything to the story anyway. Overall, the story was fairly entertaining. I will leave it at that.