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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 tha...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Penguin Razorbill (first published November 1st 2010)
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Lucy
The Good:

1. The main character, Tory Brennan, is the sort of a smart, self-confident heroine that YA sometimes lacks.
2. The rest of the cast are entertaining and developed. The whole group is a bit like Big Bang Theory meets Veronica Mars. Intelligent, techy, unabashedly nerdy, and willing to use all those skills for a little breaking and entering.
3. The story is solidly set in a vivid and well-described location. The author never loses her sense of place and time.
4. It's (view spoiler)...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Kathy Reichs is the author of the Temperance Brennan series. She is a forensic anthropologist, so both the books and the TV series Bones are loosely based on her life. Knowing all this, I expected something different from her YA novel, and that’s exactly what I got.
I loved this book! Tory Brennan is 14 years old, living on a very small island near Charleston with her newly discovered father, a marine biologist. With her three friends, she somehow saves a wolf-dog from an institute, but they all...more
Alicia
I'm a sucker for good writing, and in my opinion, the writing in this book is excellent. Varied and vivid verb choices, great word-painting, and a unique narrative voice appropriate for the fourteen-year-old narrator. I am floored.

Action-junkies may not love this book as much as I did because it was definitely a slow burn. At its heart, it was a murder mystery, and plenty of groundwork was laid. I actually enjoyed all the groundwork because the narrative voice always kept it fun and light. Even...more
Ruth
Ten Reasons Why This Book Is Better Than Maximum Ride-Hunger Games-Gone-Everythingelse

1. It blends science, superpowers, and mystery. Crossover genre books are the bomb.

2. These kids whoop ass. Literally. When they SNAP, all heck breaks loose.

3. The characters are very well done. Maybe a little iffy with the side characters, but it's easy to sympathize with Tory and the Pack.

4. Virals is very informative in the science area without turning into a Bill Nye episode.

5. THE MYSTERY!! Loved it and...more
Stewart
I want to give KR the benefit of the doubt here, and assume she was pressured into writing this book. Something along the lines of . . .

PUBLISHER: Kathy we just love your books! The refreshing way you intersperse real-life issues pertaining to forensic anthropology into compelling stories!

KR: Thanks, I do my best.

PUBLISHER: We think it's really important to reach out to younger readers and would really like you to consider writing something for them.

KR: Such as . . .

PUBLISHER: Well, the same ama...more
Lofinkaa *True Hurts*
I found it in the library and I was immediately intrigued. It literally screamed at me ‚‚Borrow me!‘‘


I brought it home because it would look bad if I hadn't borrow something.

PS.: New sexy librarian is in the library, so let him have educated customers!

Dad read Reichs novels with great gusto, so I plunged headfirst into one of them and... didn't expect that! I have feeling that Virals chased away a taste of bullshits I've read before.

The story takes place in a small, almost deserted island, which...more
Jennifer
Jun 27, 2010 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
Shelves: sci-fi-other
I'm a big fan of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series as well as Bones, the TV series it's vaguely based on. When I heard about Virals, I knew I had to read it. While it's very different from her other work, Virals is very similar in both the scientific atmosphere and deep character development.

Tory Brennan is Temperance's grand-niece. For those familiar with the books, Tory is the granddaughter of Harry, Tempe's sister. Tory mentions Tempe a lot even though she only learned they were related...more
Twiggy
Oh dear!

I think she's made too much money and her editor couldn't face being honest about the whole thing.

This is clearly Kathy Reichs attempt to enter the teenager/ young adult market with a combination of mystery thriller /DNA science/ high school cotillion/ with supernatural powers thrown in for good measure...

Well I suppose it was an original combination.

What really made me hate it, was the fact that she set it in the same 'world' as that of Temperance Brennan and the teenage heroine Tory...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
7/10 on the blog

Some of you may know the author Kathy Reichs because of her adult crime novels featuring Temperance Brennon, or through the TV show, BONES. This is the author's first venture into the YA forum and I must say I am pretty impressed. 'VIRALS' is a mixutre of mystery, intrigue and, surprisingly, elements of the supernatural, but as I love the supernatural this was a welcome surprise and definitely added to my enjoyment of the book.

The writing flows very well and Ms Reichs' incredibly...more
Angela (Reading Angels)
My first thought when finishing this book was along the lines of "Wow, so much better than I expected!".

Tory is the niece of my beloved Tempe (from Bones) and she's a little mini-version of her. So smart, and so young that it blows your mind. Tory and her crew of friends are all smart in their own areas, and I loved following the adventures of this nerd herd! They live on a remote island, so they really have to come up with their own fun. Tory is obsessed with a pack of wolf-dogs on a remote isl...more
Lindley Walter-smith
This was entirely awful - badly written, misogynist, poorly plotted and characterised, borderline racist YA that entirely fails to suspend belief. The writing was technically bad, with nothing but choppy sentence fragments and rhetorical questions (which are immediately given redundant answers, every time). Tween readers are constantly condescended to. The four main characters behave in ways that make no sense, or are completely unrealistic - breaking effortlessly into high security labs, for ex...more
Leon Aldrich
I want to like this author. I really do. And this piece of fiction is young adult. I couldn't get past Reich's attempt to legitimize the protagonist by linking her to Temperance Brennan as a relative. Like that somehow will make the story-line stronger? Then to top it off, one of the main characters is named, Hi. Really? That was the best you could come up with?

Supposedly Reich's writing gets better after her first book. But of the two I've attempted, when there are SO many good books out there...more
Monkey888
Apr 29, 2013 Monkey888 rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 10-16. No one who thinks deeply into plots.
I originally started to read this book after completing the Temperance Brennan Series. They had set a high bench mark with complex just-believable if you squint plots, strong characters and quality writing, supported by Reichs' knowledge of forensic Anthropology.

I'd liked the series so I thought, hey, why not give virals a go?

I have more heckles than I could possibly cram into a review, so here are my main points,

A few pages in I was already sceptical. Being a 14 year old girl, the same age as t...more
Kelsey
I adored this book. I was looking at good YA reads on BN.com and I found Virals. I begged my mother to buy for me on my kindle. A week later I had it. I was so excited to read it. I read every review I could find before buying it. I fell in love the minute I hit the button on my kindle and was introduced to the wonderful life of Tory Breenan. Tory is a young fourteen year-old girl who is very smart and tough. I really connected to Tory the way she was a tomboy and hated being dressed up. Because...more
Leigh Collazo

More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants.

BIG SPOILERS HERE, BUT YOU AREN'T MISSING ANYTHING ANYWAY...

REVIEW: Oh, this book. What a mess. Right away, I noticed choppy writing, info-dumping, numerous interruptions in dialogue, and teen characters who do not act anything like teens. I can appreciate that these teens are smart, but seriously? They guessed a high-security door code on the first try? They found a hidden key to a restricted area in the first place they looked? Granted, the code and the hiding...more
Sam
4.5 stars! I only have minor issues with this book.

So, I kind of felt like Tory was a little bossy. Way bossy. Her friends are pretty freakin' awesome to put up with her bossiness. I mean, if I had friends like Hiram, Shelton and and Ben, I'd be kissing their feet 24/7. They are so willing, helpful and loyal. Super shoutout to them.

Also, she was kind of, well, mean to Jason. Are you kidding me? If I had a guy after me like that, I'd totally like him. He's so sweet! :D Absolutely love Jason. And...more
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Since the start of grade 11, I haven't been able to read any books of my choice. This book just begged to be read when I got it from the library.
The plot sounded intense and it was by a well-known author.

I loved all of the characters within the book. It was very relatable as I, myself, was a fan of science and mystery. None of the crap werewolf lovey-dovey story emerged within the story and I am truly grateful for it.

This book was heart pounding, action packed and provided me a fix for my love...more
Leandra
This was a very, very good read! The mc, Tory, has a lot of different things going on: a murder to solve, new abilities to learn how to deal with(like a super-duper new sense of smell, hearing, and sight), and having to wear pink to her first debutante experience. For those who like romance, there's a bit of crushing going on(which doesn't go where you would expect), but I think the next book will lead into something more between Tory and Ben, one of the other Virals. At least I hope! The banter...more
Kika
Úžasná kniha! Rehotala som sa celý čas! Len ma tak napadlo, či nie je náhodou dopiči a nie dopiče... :D
Lucia
Začiatok bol síce kostrbatý, ale potom to už svišťalo.
Matt
What do you get when you mix the forensic description of Kathy Reichs with the teen-led plot and theme of a James Patterson MAXIMUM RIDE novel? The new Young Adult genre attempt by the aforementioned Reichs (with some success and some downfall).

Going into the novel, I was not expecting anything Reichs-ian (read: detailed forensic anthropology leading to the solution of one or many murders) and did expect to get a little Theodore Boone (Grisham's YA character) meets Maximum Ride. I got that, with...more
Lynne
Dec 04, 2013 Lynne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody. The teens I know would laugh at the slang anyway
Recommended to Lynne by: found it in an online library
As a late-to-the-party fan of the TV series, "Bones," I thought I'd give Kathy Reichs's books a try. Unfortunately, her first foray into YA has not made a good first impression on me.

As regards YA lit, I have some pet peeves, and Reichs seems to have touched every nerve. I hate it when authors think kids are stupid or that they don't deserve thoughtfully-drawn plots and carefully-crafted prose. Reichs, who probably has more money than God, with several bestsellers and a hit TV series under her...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Refreshingly nerdy. This is The Big Bang Theory crossed with Bones (TV series based on Reich’s books). Nerdilicious.

Reichs does not talk down to her audience. This book is all about science and technology and the era of the digital age. The author is a real-life respected scientist so happily, for once, I can say that the science is real and the leaps made into the unknown/paranormal seem plausible. This is authentic science fiction. Take that, I Am Number Four!

Although slow to start, 14-year-o...more
Cecelia
Take one part science, two parts mystery, and a half portion of teenage angst. Mix in water travel, adventure, and an uninhabited island wildlife preserve, and what do you get? Non-stop action!

Now let me back up. I’ll be upfront: I never would have read this novel from the description on the back cover alone. Or even that description I wrote in the paragraph above. No, I picked this one up because it had a mesmerizing cover and a snappy title. It was sitting there, unloved, in a stack of ARCs at...more
Sara
This was fine. I haven't read anything by Reichs, although I was obsessed with the TV series Bones for, like, four seasons or so. But apparently 1) the TV show and the books it's based on are wildly different from each other 2) this particular series is only vaguely tied to that one. Also, (view spoiler). Anyway, this was okay. I like my teen heroines to be badass and snarky and smarter than the boys they for whatever reasons have to deal with, but the...more
Krishna *wants to be a black wolf*
Jul 20, 2013 Krishna *wants to be a black wolf* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: scifi fans, tough gal fans, fantasy
Shelves: definitely-great
Hmm...it's been some time since I read this book, but the thing I loved the most was the strong, smart heroine who wouldn't back down, a change from all those Bella Swan-esque characters that flooded YA books. The suspense holds up well, and its nice to see a gang of varied characters - I especially love Hi. (He reminds me of Leo from Rick Riordan's books) :D Ben sure could use some more development though, he's basically the buff, silent guy throughout. Personally, I want more romance or none a...more
Monica!
While not the most gripping book ever, I'll admit the ending surprised me... and there's something fun about the blatant acknowledgement of the pack mentality of teenagers. ;)
❇Lexi❇
OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!
I am permanently hooked on the virals series. Now that I have just finished the book I know it will be all I talk and think about for a few days.
This story is about a girl named Tory Brennan. Tory is a beautiful ginger with emerald eyes. Shes a tom boy but is good at making friends. Shes smart, sarcastic, difficukt, and her biggest strength, she never gives up. After her mother dies in a car accident, she is forced to move in with Kit, the father she never knew about....more
Kahlan23
tak toto bolo vážne ale vážne skvelé. postavy,dej,zápletka. proste všetko, od začiatku po koniec. ešteže mám druhý diel v čítačke =D
Veronika
2,5 hvězdičky
5/10

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Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A...more
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