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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Virals by Kathy Reich

Hi guys!

So before I started this blog, I read the book 'Virals', and now that I am reading the next book in her series, I decided to do a review, because otherwise It wouldn't make sense. I'll being doing this if there is one book before the one I'm reading otherwise I probably will do a series review (so far) like I did with The Mortal Instruments. 
Here's the Review:

Title: Virals
Author: Kathy Reich
Series: Virals #1
Published: November 2nd 2010
No. of Pages: 448
Rating: 4 stars

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

My Thoughts:

Did you know that Kathy Reich is the author of the books that the TV series 'Bones' is based on? I didn't, but when I found out it all made sense. 
Kathy Reich is obviously the woman behind this detailed forensic account.

Off the south coast of California, Charleston, lives Tory Brennan. Her mother has recently been killed in an accident and she is living with her father, a veterinary expert who works at LIRI on Loggerhead Island.
Loggerhead Island is technically 'trespassers will be shot' type of land. However since our protagonists, are the children of staff, they are basically an exception. That and the fact that they are probably the only ones wanting to go there.
This brings us to our characters. Tory, is 14 and a tomboy. Then we have her friends, Hi, Shelton and Ben. This lot make a group of kids that basically have a need for adventure, and they don't fit in with the school kids, because of the fact that they only live in Charleston because of their parents work.

The story has two main story lines in a weird way.  We have the line on which we follow the solving of the murder case, and the line where we follow the group becoming Virals, after becoming infected with a special strain of parvovirus, giving them an edge. Thankfully the lines tie together meaning that it isn't two separate stories. I'll start off with the Murder Case.

After a bout of exploring on Loggerhead Island, our friends discover a dog tag. The dog tag is rusty and covered in well hardened grime, making the letters undecipherable.  
Though obviously, their curiosity is unsatisfiable with just finding it, so Tory tries to clean it with her special kit, a gift from her great-aunt, Temperance Brennan.
Since the grime is so thick, the dog tag is still barely readable prompting the decision to break into the Loggerhead labs so they can use the special equipment. (The book is thick with break-ins by the way).
Whilst in the Labs, they discover a wolf-dog, one that Tory had noticed had gone missing. The dog, Coop, seems to be the object of an experiment ,prompting Tory and the others to help him escape. The problem is that he is ill with canine parvovirus. Tory notes that canine Parvovirus doesn't affect humans, however what they don't know is that Coop is infected with a special strain of Parvovirus.
Once the group get infected, they start feeling ill and having headaches, etc. They mostly suspect the flu until, once they get better, their new found abilities start to appear.
As they struggle with these symptoms, we discover that the dog tags were worn by a girl named Katherine Heaton, who was reported missing. She used to wear the dog tags that were her father's, a war hero who died. Katherine Heaton was never found.
This causes the group to go back to Loggerhead Island, they start digging for her remains. They uncover a girl's remains, and another dog tag. Another one that belonged to Katherine Heaton.
At the discovery of the remains, they are shot at and forced to run back to their Island. They notify the police the next day, but as soon as they get to the burial site,the bones are still there, but they aren't Katherine's.
Soon they start being placed in danger, being chased, and doing some of the chasing themselves. The Killers are on their tail.

The rest of the book is filled with betrayals, felonies, stalkers, and revenge. I immensely enjoyed myself reading it and can only describe it in two words: Bone-Chilling and Brilliant.

Here is my favourite quote:

“Why do all your brilliant ideas involve felonies?”
Kathy Reichs, Virals 




rita xo

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