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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  36,627 ratings  ·  2,953 reviews
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, 454 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Penguin Razorbill
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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)
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Briar's Reviews
What was I thinking putting this book off?! It has been sitting on my shelf for years and I never got the nerve to pick it up. That was probably one of my biggest book related mistakes!

Kathy & Brendan Reichs have a real hit on their hand! I have been reading the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs for years and I always wanted to get into Virals. Silly me bought the book and admired it for years, until I finally managed to dust it off and pull it into my reading pile. THANK GOODNESS becaus
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
Mar 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Briar's Reviews
What was I thinking putting this book off?! It has been sitting on my shelf for years and I never got the nerve to pick it up. That was probably one of my biggest book related mistakes!

Kathy & Brendan Reichs have a real hit on their hand! I have been reading the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs for years and I always wanted to get into Virals. Silly me bought the book and admired it for years, until I finally managed to dust it off and pull it into my reading pile. THANK GOODNESS becaus
Lindley Walter-smith
Aug 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointing
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
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
Apr 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Laura Rash
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this! I can't wait to read the rest in this series! ...more
Angela  M
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Leigh Collazo
Feb 25, 2013 rated it did not like it

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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
Carolyn  Storer
3.5 Stars

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 vast w
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, whic
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by:
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
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book was well written but just way too slow for me =/ The pace quickened up near the end and it got a bit better but the first 75% of the book was really slow.

The story was kinda meh but I enjoyed the writing. Kinda reminded me of how Veronica Roth writes.

If I could sum up the book - it was a book about how a bunch of kids become "virals" while trying to solve a murder mystery lol
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this book a few years ago had no idea it was for YA genre so I didn’t continue with the series. The first book was fun.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Leon Aldrich
Mar 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished-crap
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
Brooke W
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was a fun, fresh read! It was VERY original, and engaging. I will say- I wasn't super into the story until nearly exactly 100 pages in. I loved the sci-fi and animal element of this book! I will definitely be reading the sequels.

I enjoyed the writing style, especially when the story took us to the island or their abilities we active. Kathy Reichs is incredibly clever and has a real strength in unpredictability! I enjoy her sense of humor and the way she describes science, animals, and abili
Marguerite (M)
Rating : 4.25 stars

I loved it, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it !
I can't believe I did.

So I know Bones. I was never a huge fan, but I enjoyed pretty much every episode I've seen.
But I've never read the books and I was not really tempted.
And then I found this one, and I said "huh, yeah why not ?". Okay, it was not a very exciting way to begin with but i'm glad I took the book.

I loved it, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it !

It wasn't believable. I wonder why...
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, reread
I'm not surprised I liked this so much. Tori is a science nerd and she mentions her aunt Temperance Brennan a couple of times. AND I LOVE BONES SO MUCH. I need to read Tempy's series ASAP because I love her and this was super good so I know that series will be awesome as well.

I loved that this revolved around viruses and genetic engineering since that is essentially what I'm studying at grad school. I loved watching the kids figure out what happened to Cooper and then later themselves. The murd
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. I was looking at good YA reads on 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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I usually don't go for the mystery novels solved by teens as they are really cheesey. Not that this book wasn't cheesey, I actually got so into this that I read it in just two hours!! Yay! I loved it, especially the ending. ...more
I liked the characters, secret powers and I liked the idea of a cold case of a disappearance. But...I was disappointed at the mistakes the kids made, all the breaking and entering and knowing random, yet conveniently useful information.

* Clever pop culture references
* Pack: Tory Brennan (14), nerdy alpha; Hiram "Hi" Stolowitski, Jewish, chunky lab geek; Ben Blue (16), moody owner/captain of Boston whaler runabout, Sewee; hapa techno guru and lock picker Shelton Devers (half black half Asi
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
starting my cleaning out the closet 2019 challenge, this book has been on it since 2012!

1.5 stars
I did not enjoy this. I took breaks from reading to clean out my pantry. yeah, it was like that. It wasn't all bad, there were some things I appreciated about it, but overall, I was like

Now, I'm all for super bright kids, for the cliche group where one is the science nerd and one is the tech nerd and one is afraid of everything but goes along anyway (he was actually my favorite!) so I can deal, but
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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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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