Author(s): Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
Series Standing: Book one (Virals series)
What It’s About: Tory Brennan and her friends live on the remote Morris Island, close to the research institute where her father works. One day while exploring Loggerhead Island (where the research institute is located) they stumble upon a crusty old dog tag. Their search to find out who it belongs to leads them to breaking into the institute, in hopes of using the high tech machinery there to clean it. Unexpectedly they find a lab supposedly closed down, yet in the middle of a unauthorized experiment on parvovirus, with a wolf-dog pup native to the island starring. In a bad way. After saving the canine (dubbed Cooper), she convinces her friends to help her try and nurse him back to health in their hideout. But something is wrong. Despite parvovirus being unable to infect humans, the experimental strain seems to have done something to them. They get very sick, and even after recovering are in danger of having sudden flares, where all their senses go into hyperdrive. Like a wolf’s. Meanwhile, the dog tag turns out to be connected to a murder case gone cold, and because of their findings someone wants them dead. Trying to figure out their newfound abilities isn’t easy, and it’s going to take a lot of brainpower to solve the murder case before they get murdered too, but they’re closer now. They’re a pack, and they are going to solve this… Virals style.
My Review: I love this book! It has plenty of twists and turns, suspenseful moments, and it makes me laugh sometimes. Tory narrates the book, and her voice is both believable and likeable, two traits which I like in first-person books. I would definitely recommend this book to others!
Re-Readability: Very High. I would re-read this often!
“Addicted, I popped a Diet Coke. I know what you’re thinking. But I do try to eat healthy. Just leave me my caffeine, thank you. The heart wants what it wants.”
“Hi had been captured by the enemy. Okay, I exaggerate. But not by much.”
“Hi stretched, yawned. “It was something highly technical, I suppose? Something requiring mechanical ability? Nothing as simple as tightening a wire or flipping a switch, right?” Ben reddened. Shelton developed an interest in his sneakers.”