Virals by Kathy Reichs Review

Virals (Virals, #1)

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Published: Penguin 2010
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: Paperback as a gift
Other books in the series: Seizure, Code, Exposure
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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.

This book was probably the most fun reading experience I have had thus far this year. Virals was a crazy, fun mystery with many cool sci-fi elements involved. It was also a very smart book. All of the clues had something to do with biology or anthropology. As I was reading this book, I also got to learn about those fields. It made the book a fun read that pushed the mystery to keep reaching farther. 
Our main character, Tory, was a strong character. Tory stood up to all the people around her for what she believed in and led her team of boys. She was a good leader for the group and really helped them all without getting overly commander. I really liked her friends on the island. They were all very different and great compliments to Tory’s character. The romance in the book was well developed and interesting, especially in where it ended up at the end of the book. Even the villains were unique and well preserved in their motives.
Virals was action packed from beginning to end. There were many great action scenes as they ran around on the islands. Some of the surrounding area could have been explained a little bit more to really build the action. There are multiple islands around South Carolina that they travel too and more description could have helped separate them. Throughout the book, there were lots of high intensity moments that really contributed to the story and made the mystery even more hyped. 
Overall, I loved where this book went and how it got there. I will be continuing on with this series to see more of this type of smart mystery. 

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