VIRALS – KATHY REICHS

“An elite confederacy of nerds. My peeps”

Title & Author: Virals by Kathy Reichs

Release Date & Publisher: November 2nd 2020, Penguin Razorbill.

7800188Tory 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.

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WHAT I THOUGHT OF  VIRALS. 

 GOOD  NOT SO GOOD
I really liked the protagonist, Tory. She was smart, interesting, self – confident, willing to risk everything, she was easy to read about. The plot kind of jumped around a lot and didn’t make a huge deal of sense to me. One minute the villain is an evil scientist, who then turns to be their benevolent hero who dies for them.
 I loved the setting of this book, the author never lost the sense of where the characters were. It was described in such a diverse and vibrant way, I cant help by commend Kathy for this. Although I loved the protagonist, I couldn’t help but forget that Tory was a fourteen year old girl, she was written in a much more complex way (her thoughts and the way she acted).
 Romance never substituted the plot. I love romance, it’s my favourite thing but in Virals, romance wasn’t needed. There was  brief glimpses of flirting and crushes throughout, but they didn’t override the main plot.  Tory hated girls. She spent all of her time with boys – which didn’t bother me at all, but her outlook on girls was rather mean and degrading, claiming all girls are shallow, obsessed with guys and fashion?!?!?! Okay no.
                                                       All girls are the same?!

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I generally liked the characters, although I would have liked to see/hear about Ben more and a larger contrast between Hi and Shelton.

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Virals reminded me of the adventure books I used to read as a younger child,

because now, I don’t read many adventure books which are based purely on the plot, it was an enjoyable read.

Overall I rate this book ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆

Thanks for reading!

Ellie.

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