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The Release

(Virulent #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,282 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she knows it. An unknown bio-terrorist group unleashes a virus that virtually wipes out t ...more
Published February 1st 2013 by Arthur Press
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Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am not one to normally read Post- Apocalyptic Novels or really even partake in any actual discussions on the theories that arise from people’s minds. When I first heard about the book, I was hesitant, but after the third page I was automatically hooked. Lucy is just a typical teenager in high school, who is planning on taking a vacation, but unfortunately never gets that far. An accidental forget homework assignment along with her mom’s persistence that it be completed upon return home leaves ...more
Nick Rath
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book consisted of heavy emotion which was brought out primarily through the character's dialogue. This was the interesting part because most books appeal to emotions through actions but where the actions were fairly basic in this book (collecting food, making plans, etc.), it was made up completely with the emotion in the dialogue of Lucy and her friends. This book still does deliver with some action and high intensity moments. It is interesting to imagine what the situation would be like i ...more
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Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she knows it. An unknown bioterrorist group unleashes a virus that virtually wipes out the earth’s population—leaving Lucy, and a small faction of survivors, trapped inside her high school to wait out the
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am an English teacher and I had by 9th grade students read this book and they loved it. These are kids who HATE to read, but they begged me everyday to continue reading. They loved the characters and the foreshadowing; it kept them hooked. The only thing that they are annoyed about is that the next book in the series isn't out yet.
Christy Thomas
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! And each book in the series gets better! What a great book for students who like the Hunger Games or Divergent. I'm always looking for engaging books and I have one student who cannot put this down! I'm excited to continue reading more from this author!
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My name is Esmeralda and am currently a freshman. In my English class we read Virulent: The Release and this is what I have to say about it .In the book Virulent by Shelby Westcott, Virulent is a realist fiction book. Shelbi Westcott did a really good job on putting lots of details and really good imagery. In my opinion at first when I started to read virulent I thought It was really boring , but then in chapter 3 it started to get really interesting , like when they find out about the virus tha ...more
Brett Gerig
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've started reading this book a few times during the last year, and every time I never got further then the first chapter. It seemed every time I started, a new book from one of the many ongoing series I'm reading came out. So I'd set it aside and forget about it. Fortunately for me, I read through all the books I'd brought with me on a long road trip, so I pulled out my iPhone, re-downloaded the kindle app, and started reading "The Release" at ten last night. I finished it by nine this morning ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like realistic fiction books, that are suspenseful and leave you guessing, then you will enjoy this; Virulent: The Release, by Shelbi Wescott. It reveals many secrets you couldn’t imagine. She has some good settings, and very interesting characters. Shelbi Wescott includes very descriptive writing, most of which are gruesome (this is a warning); “Many of these victims had thrown-up prior to collapse. They bled from their eyes, noses, and mouths; under the bright florescent lights of the h ...more
I had a terrible dream one night. In my nightmare, the entire human population died due to an illness except me. The day after I had this dream, I discovered VIRULENT: THE RELEASE by Shelbi Wescott. I took it as a sign. Not really, but it was good enough for me to one-click the book.

In VIRULENT: THE RELEASE, high school student Lucy King is about to leave for vacation in the Seychelles with her family. A terrible, fatal virus hits quickly while she is at school and people die left and right. In
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Browse the YA section of any bookstore, and post-apocalyptic novels seem to be a dime a dozen. If you're looking for a story with well-developed characters, a compelling premise and a page-turning plot, Virulent has it all. The author's experience as a high school teacher is apparent in her realistic portrayal of teenagers and school life. (Though I certainly hope there aren't any principals out there like Spencer!) Too often, YA characters are one-dimensional or stereotypes stolen from The Brea ...more
Nicole Berneice
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to finally be able to read something different than the stereotypical YA books that seem to be covering every shelf. There wasn't any vampires, or epic love story, it was realistic and original. One of my favorite things about this book is the development of the school and Ms. Johnston (who happens to be my English teacher)it was fun being able to actually see everything as it happened. The character development is great and I ended up loving all of them, ...more
Maisie Topping
May 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked this book, and I think sort of knowing the author made it better for me, but in my opinion the plot left something to be desired. This book didn't seem to go anywhere, and so I read it fast mostly because it was an easy read, and less because I was really drawn into it. The characters are pretty simple and mostly likeable, but I didn't feel very connected to them (view spoiler). I will probably finish ...more
Meagan (FranticVampireReads)
Wescott! I loved this book so much!! It was really great, I couldn't put it down. I don't think that I will ever be able to look at the high school the same way after reading this book. Seriously Wescott, this was awesome. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!! :D
Dorothy Mcmillen
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed. Now I'm ready for the next book in this series!!! Please hurry.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I'll be posting a review over at Dragonfly Reads, but I will say it was a decent book and if you like this genre, you will enjoy the simplistic take.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am friends with the author and have had this book for years but never read it until now. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to read The Release! First, I waited because I didn't want to start until I owned all 3 books. Then, I waited because I wanted to read the entire series all at once. To be honest, my smart phone has seriously detracted me from my lifelong voracious reading habit... Sorry, back to the point... I loved this book! I was hooked in less than 5 pages. The story felt very rea ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From calm to scary in an instant

When Lucy leaves her homework at school, her mom sends her back for it as her family prepares to leave for vacation. While she's gone, the population begins to die.

From there, it's a fight for Lucy, her best friend, and another classmate to survive, with other survivors the greatest danger. When she gets home, Lucy finds her badly injured brother and a set of coordinates from her dad.

With classmate Grant, Lucy sets out to find what's so important in the middle of
Maggie Deaton
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A New take on an overworked premise

This book contains a novel and believable take on a viral apocalypse as seen through the eyes of a few young survivors who are horrified to find it may all have been brought about purposefully...We are taken along as they set out to track clues for answers. An interesting and all too frightening possibility of what the future may hold!
New to me author but won’t be anymore.

This is an excellent story. I’m 62 and it held me all the way. So, grab it.

Characters are well defined. You are on the edge of your seat through a lot of the book.

Karin Killenberger
Interesting read. Moved along quickly.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright for teens

This book was written for teenagers. As an older adult, it was a hard slog to finish reading it.
Teens, you'll probably love it.
Alice hamer
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Ready to start book 2!
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4stars
I'm a sucker for a good apocalyptic, dystopian or speculative novel. I love reading about someone's vision of what the future could be. I love books that make me think and keep me on my toes. I love a book that shows realistic reactions to crazy situations. I love a book that can make me feel like I'm watching a movie because the imagery is so vivid. The Release was all of these things. This is a fantastic entry to a series that I expect will only get better.

Lucy is an average teenager about to
Maya Gueissaz-Daoust
Overall, the book was pretty predictable. There where no surprises or plot twists but is was an enjoyable easy read. It also did not get much emotion from me. I can tell that the book was supposed to make you sympathize with the main character and pet mad at the antagonist, but it just was not that effective.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lucy King has just been thrust into a world where everyone around her is dying. Someone has let loose a deadly virus on the entire world that started off by killing the dogs. One day she got up and all of the dogs were just gone. At that point some of the elderly and very young children were getting sick with flu-like symptoms, but death came quickly. Then everyone else started dying. People were just dropping left and right. The bad thing is that all of the chaos starts on the day that Lucy an ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Lucy is almost on her way to the vacation of her life when animals and humans start dying, just like that. Panic all around and the school goes into lockdown. She has any idea to what is going on, while everyone around her starts dropping like flies. The teachers won't talk about it and the principal has gone into tiran mode.

Now stuck in school, Lucy and her friends have to try to survive, while the principal has gone loco. Ther
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My name is Kyle and I like to play baseball and read sometimes. The reason I read the novel Virulent: The Release by Shelbi Wescott is because we were reading it as a class. I am glad we read this book because it was a very fun interesting book it kept me on my feet the whole time. What I liked about the book was that there we’re only a hand full of people that survived, also one of my favorite characters survived, and later Lucy might get to see her dad again and those were some of the things I ...more
Matthew Buethorn
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
The Release takes place in a post-apocalyptic world after a deadly virus released by a bio-terrorist organization ravaged the human population. Before the release of this virus, Lucy King was just an ordinary high school student. However as things start to take a turn for the worse, Lucy finds herself stranded at school with her lunatic principal. Now Lucy along with a few other survivors must fight for their lives against the outside and the inside. The main characters in The Release are Lucy, ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Shelves: thriller, dysopian
"Virulent: the Release", a dark dystopian thriller begins with a conference call two thousand feet beneath the earth; one that bodes ill for humanity. Then the story sweeps the reader to Portland, Oregon where Lucy Larkspur King and her family are busily preparing for a trip to the Seychelles even though there's reports of pets dying all over the country. Even as Lucy digests the news of the phenomena she discovers that she's left her homework behind and at her mother's chagrin has to return to ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bio-terrorism. That was a new one for me in terms of a YA lit book. Several virus-threatens-to-destroy-mankind adult fiction books come to mind (I’m thinking Stephen King’s The Stand, World War Z by Max Brooks, and Robin Cook’s Outbreak to name a few). And I’ve read futuristic young adult geared tales about dystopian societies broken off into factions, gruesome reality television games, catastrophic meteorite destruction, and I even dove into a saga about the government-mandated world of teen su ...more
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