Virals by Kathy Reichs
Reviewed By: A.T.
Not your typical sci-fi book, Virals is an interesting YA offering from the author who writes the Temperance Brennan books the TV show Bones is based on. This book features 4 teens in South Carolina, and one of them just happens to be the niece of Temperance Brennan, but that is where the normal stops and the fun begins. This is the first book in a series all about Tory, Ben, Hiram, Shelton, their wolfdog Coop and the strange bond that forms between them after a freak accident in the secret lab on Loggerhead Island. This accident causes them to all to get “canine superpowers” and form a pack, very reminiscent of Spiderman, in that their powers are heightened smell, sight, strength, and so on and so forth. Their pack gets into all sorts of close calls trying to keep their powers a secret while solving mysteries and stopping criminals. All in a day’s work for these sophomores from Bolton Prep!
Why I Picked it Up: I am a HUGE fan of the TV show Bones, and I have read her adult series that follows Temperance Brennan. I was interested in what she would write for Teens, and I was pleasantly surprised at the angle she took.
Why I Finished It: Once I start something I have to finish it. I liked it so much, I have read the other three books in the series and I am patiently waiting for the next one!
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to sci-fi fans and readers who like a bit of mystery with their fiction, kind of like Spiderman meets Scooby Doo.
**Librarian Side Note** If you like where this is going, then you will be pleased to know that this in only the first book in a series that already has 4 books released, and the 5th is set to come out in March 2015.