Series: Virals #1
Published by Razorbill on November 2nd 2010
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.
Tory never imagined moving in with her father on a remote island would bring the adventures she embarks on. The only other teens that live on the island are 3 guys, who are all some sort of scientific geeks like herself. It all starts with a monkey flinging a piece of metal at her head and her curiosity that leads to revealing a long-buried murder and a new virus that will change their world forever.
With nonstop action and an intriguing mystery to uncover, I couldn't put this book down. I liked the twists that I didn't see coming and just the overall pacing of the plot. Definitely a series I will be reading every single book of. Now, the long wait for the 2nd novel begins!
I just love when you have smart characters – ones that are still normal – have crushes, don't sit around just tweaking gadgets and gizmos, but actually embark on some seriously insane adventures. Tory is still a teenage girl, although an unusual one who knows a little too much about identifying human bones and other aspects of science. I like seeing her not completely immune to the popular crowd at school – almost fitting in with them if she wanted to.
I also love the guys she hangs with on the island. They're all unique in their own way and definitely not adverse to following her insane plans. Tory is definitely a leader and I can't wait to see what's to come next.
Final Verdict: Anyone who has watched Bones or read that series by Kathy will be able to connect to this book. I think also anyone who loves science and paranormal elements will get a kick out of this one.