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(Virals #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  8,904 ratings  ·  712 reviews
The Virals are put to the ultimate test when they find a geocache containing an ornate puzzle box. Shelton decodes the cipher inside, only to find more tantalizing clues left by "The Gamemaster." A second, greater geocache is within reach--if the Virals are up to the challenge.

But the hunt takes a dark turn when Tory locates the other box--a fake bomb, along with a
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile (first published March 7th 2013)
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You know, one of the best feelings in the world is going to bed and knowing that the next morning the next book in one of your favorite series is going to be on your kindle. But that's second-to-best to actually reading the thing.

Sentimentality aside, I loved this book!

The characters are back in full swing. Tory is either first or second on my all time favorite charcters list.

I began to feel uneasy about Ben. His feud with Jason escalates to the point where the Virals have to drag him
Aug 23, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
My god. I think I'm going to die, for good and bad reasons.

Want to hear them?

1. This book comes out in 2013?!?!
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I think I will go live like a hermit till this book comes out.

2.The cover sucks, to put it bluntly.

I mean, Reichs gives us this,

Then gives us this (in which Ben looks retarded, otherwise a great cover),

And for the third book we get this?

You tell me what's wrong with that picture.

Now you get to hear the positive stuff!

3. We get Tory back! I love her. She is the ideal
There is NO POSSIBLE WAY anyone could give this anything less than 5 stars. It is just impossible. This book was the breath-taking, nerve racking, mind blowing third book in the Virals series.
May I repeat.

So, with that off my chest, I will begin my review.

Oh. My. Freaking. GOD.

(view spoiler)
Jul 03, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for the next installment in this exciting series! Most books in YA revolve around romance, but the Virals books are pure adventure and a refreshing break from the norm.

Sees cover- "WHAT THE HELL? That BETTER be temporary......"
*Update #2*
Wait. What? March 7. 2013. 2013. 2013.
I'm just going to say that's an accident and give SOMEBODY time to change it back to August 2, 2012. *HINTHINT*
Oh-mi-goda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want the book now!!!!!! and im forced to wait to 2013...... GIRRR
OHHHHH!!!! THE cover is pretty! But i like the other two better.....

(Post reading Initial Rant) Good book starling ending why Ben why???? and there must be a 4th.

Now that time has pasted and now I can think coherently about this book and not just scream at the characters and Kathy Reichs.....

Ok, "Code" was by far the best of the Viral Books so far (there must be a fourth!)
Kind of mixed feelings about this one. I might have enjoyed it more if I could turn off my critical perspective and looked at it purely for its entertainment value (like I do for the Alex Rider series), but I wasn't able to for this one. Still, I'm not done with the series yet; the premise for the next book definitely intrigues me, and I've enjoyed things well enough so far to give the Reichs a second chance.

The good things:

1) The Reichs know how to write a tense and action-packed story; it was
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This. Was. An. Awesome. Book.
Go, Kathy Reichs! I love the whole virals thing, its enormously inventive. I still havent recoverred from this book. Read it twice in 5 hours. (view spoiler)
Rachel Sh
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first received this book through the post, I literally squealed with excitement and started dancing around my room. I'd loved the previous two books in the series - Virals and Seizure - and couldn't wait to start reading the latest instalment. And, though it was still a really great read, unfortunately, it just wasn't as good as the other two. I found a couple of faults. :(

I think I'll start off with the negative first. Now, when I first started reading this series, I was thirteen - a
Jason Lalljee
Update: Writing is a little clunky and some things are predictable, but wow- what action. Breakneck pace, fantastic plotting, it kept me up all night reading. I eagerly anticipate the next installment!

So, two things:

a) THIS EXISTS? I love the Virals series, but it isn't that popular, so I haven't heard about it in the way I usually do, through my GoodReads buddies chatting about it in my feed or coverage being posted on choice entertainment sites. I was looking through reviews today, and lo
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never before have I met a character more oblivious about romantic intentions than Tory. I thought no one could be more oblivious than Sydney Sage, but clearly I was wrong. Dear Lord, child, what must he do to tell you he likes you? Make out with you?! Poor Ben....

Not to mention.....when will they start listening to poor Coop??? The wolfdog is practically an early alarm system against all things dangerous....he doesn't growl at things just because he's cranky! There's a reason!! GAH!
Deena Beena
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MARCH 7th 2013 ?!?!?!?!?!?! WHAT?!
Oh my god I'm going to die.


THIS CAN'T BE IT! Someone pleeeeeaaaaaase tell me if Reichs will continue the series. SHE LEFT ME HANGING! I started this series when I was 13, and I'm now 16, I can't have them end now! This book was by far the most adrenaline pumping. My heart was beating like 1150 per minute. IT MUST CONTINUE!
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

The Reichses (permission to call them Reichs-squared, or just Reichs for this review?) do it again with another great YA novel. Having recently read and reviewed ‘Shift’, the short story by these two to bridge the previous novel to this one, I am refreshed that things have returned to normal and the hokiness found in ‘Shift’ is gone. Reichs returns with a full-on adventure that have the VIRALS tackling some very interesting and somewhat confusing clues to crack the code and solve the greater
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace Ayres
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
super good!
Wut. Seriously though what the heck? Ok I'm getting ahead of myself, this book was phenomenal obviously by the rating I gave it. Kathy Reichs, you're the bomb. I've been with this series from the beginning back when I thought Virals was a stand alone. I deeply hope there is a next book to this series (she cannot possibly leave it like that). Now this book was different from the others. It was still you know the Virals taking care of business, but it was more hardcore. Which was like, whoa, this ...more
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
Maybe I'm getting too old for these, but I wasn't nearly as sympathetic to Tory in this book as I have been previously. I like Tory, and I get that she has a lot of drama and stress on her shoulders, but her relationships are getting awfully manipulative.

Even though she has no romantic interest in Jason whatsoever, she continues stringing him along just because she needs him for things. And then she gets mad at Ben for acting jealous. Ok, I can see why she wouldn't see Ben's interest in her,
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely Everyone!!!
Shelves: favorites
Okay, freaking awesome book!! Most books in series kinda goes down hill and the first book is the best. Not so in this series! This book is so much different that the first two, but yet better in ways. (view spoiler) ...more
Just finished the book. I want to cry....... i could not believe the ending, it was a total twist I didn't see coming.
(view spoiler)
Emma Lauren
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Code by Kathy Reichs was the third installment in the Virals Series. It follows our Virals Pack as they are trying to solve the puzzles set forth by the manipulative and toxic Gamemaster. The story itself was very interesting, but many of the plot points were predictable. I liked how we seemed to see Tory grow up more, but I would have liked it much more if there wasn't the "two-boy-one-girl" romance trope. If you ignore that, I feel like the book is somewhat good. I look forward to seeing how ...more
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hate the cover, love the books. but you know what they say, don't judge a book by its cover! but seriously, I think they changed the publisher. wasn't it penguin or puffin or something before? bet thats why they changed the covers. P.S. saw on kindle store they changed Virals 1 too. get the good cover while it lasts!
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that on the whole, I enjoyed this book. Keep that in mind, because my review may not sound like I did.

Code by Kathy and Brendan Reichs is a quite enjoyable book for the teen audience, much in the tradition of The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and, for younger audiences, The Boxcar Children. People like their mysteries, (see television: CSI, NCIS, The Mentalist... if it's fiction and not a sitcom, it seems like it's mystery based) and I feel like the teen mystery really clicks
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure/Mystery lovers
Recommended to Nathaniel by: Quill
OH MY GOD.. this book is definitely my favorite in the series by far. The ending chapter was amazing and I don't want to say because of spoilers but, dammmmmmmmm I want to start reading the next book right now. The story amazing and the character development absolutely a 10/10.

Code was definitely outstanding and had an ending that I didn't expect. This tale was full of excitement and it really made you think! Again as I have said million times, it has been holidays so i wanted to ready like
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freakishly amazing.
Awesomely horrifying.
And I think the felony count was only four this time. Though being scolded by a monk was definitely a new one.
Everything's at an all-time high in Reichs' "Code". Terrifying plot, stomach-churning anxiety, finger curling irritation because while the main character is amazing at putting the pieces together, apparently she's way too clueless about the feelings of the boys around her.
And that ending. With Ben. There were tears in my eyes. I was not
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is awesome! I think each book is better than the last!
Heather Pearson
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
i feel this is the best in the series yet.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Kenzii by: My amazing intuition
What did you think? Goodreads asks me.



This has got to be the best one yet. Tory is still as bad as ever, the boys are still as smoking and funny, and-

WOAH. Who saw that ending!?!?!?!? My heart shattered in two when I found out...(view spoiler)

Anyways, the plot was amazing. I think it's the best one yet. Basic summary: Hiram and Shelton
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I Think: I need to start by saying that I'm a very big fan of Kathy Reichs so I may be bias. I think that she is a great writer and I always enjoy reading her novels especially her young adult novels because they still require thought but are at a level that are easy to understand and easy to read. They make you feel like you are getting the science of a more hardcore novel but are still able to enjoy the drama of teenage life. It mixes two of my favourite things. I was however very ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so excited to be joining the Virals, Tory, Hi, Ben, Shelton and Coop, on another adventure. Code has been one of the books I have been eagerly awaiting its release and I was super excited to receive a copy for review.
Geocaching is the new hobby for Hi. What started out initially as a hobby, soon turns out to be a deadly game of hide and seek, with lives at stake. The Virals must find and solve all the clues before time runs out, and someone dies. To add to the chaos, Tory also has to deal
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing! Riveting with suspense, betrayal and revenge the Reichs really done it with this book. It is definitely my favourite out of all the virals series!

This is isn't just cliche love/adventure story where the characters inevitably get together in the end with sunset in the background and them holding each other in their arms. It's a heck lot twisted than that which is why I love it so much!

First of all if you read the prior books (which i suggest you do!) we all know that Ben the
Kathy Martin
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The action never stops in this science fiction thriller series. This time Tory and the other Virals find themselves in a race to solve the clues left by the Gamemaster before he unleashes a terrible tragedy. It begins innocently when Hi buys a metal detector and begins geocaching. The kids discover a hidden box Loggerhead Island that begins a treasure hunt with codes, clues from chemistry, and other clues to test their abilities. They need to keep the game secret or face serious consequences.

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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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Virals (5 books)
  • Virals (Virals, #1)
  • Seizure (Virals, #2)
  • Exposure (Virals, #4)
  • Terminal (Virals, #5)
“I see you, Ben. I always have. You're in my pack."
He pulled away.
"What if being packmates isn't enough for me?”
“Whitney smacked Coop's snout while simultaneously pressing herself deeper into the couch. Coop fixed her with an unblinking ice-blue stare, gray-brown fur bristling along his spine.
"Tory!" Whitney squealed. "He's going to attack!"
"Maybe." I walked into the kitchen and snagged a Diet Coke from the fridge. "Try to protect your throat.”
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