“An elite confederacy of nerds. My peeps”
Title & Author: Virals by Kathy Reichs
Release Date & Publisher: November 2nd 2020, Penguin Razorbill.
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.
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.|
I generally liked the characters, although I would have liked to see/hear about Ben more and a larger contrast between Hi and Shelton.
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!