“Virals (Virals #1)” by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery
Summary from Goodreads:
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 didn’t sound like a teen voice at all.
- We really pushed the envelope with the intelligence of the kids. Tory only skipped 1 grade. That would only make her very bright, not a genius. I do believe the guys are intelligent but not to the extent they’re portrayed in the book.
- The “Aunt Temp” thing felt very pushed to me. Tory’s mom’s last name in Brennan but she’s related to Temperance on her dad’s side of the family? If I’m not mistaken she only found out about her dad (and that side of the family) in the last year or so. How could she be so close to a great aunt? It feels a bit like a marketing ploy to me.
- It felt like there were two stories going on: Katherine’s murder plot and the canine parvovirus/Virals plot. I liked the normal crime plot a lot more. The science fiction-y plot kind of fell flat for me. I like science fiction but this storyline felt very ridiculous.
The bottom line? Eh. It felt like too much of a split story for me. It was okay but I have no motivation to finish the series.