My husband picked this up in the adult section of the local supermarket, whilst he was shopping for cold cures and throat lozenges. He bought it knowing I love Kathy Reichs. And, after the shock of discovering this is aimed at "Young Adults", I did quite enjoy this story. Far-fetched, wholly implausible? Yes,without a doubt. But as a sci fi fairy tale, it wasn't so bad. Granted,I love dogs, and am intrigued by wolves. And I am in the grips of a seriously nasty head cold and am swaddled up sipping hot lemon and honey with whiskey chasers. Given all of that,then it's a good yarn.
However, I do agree with other reviews ... it was not made clear on the cover that this is aimed at young adults, and it should have been. Only in the last line of KR's acknowledgements does this get mention. And the first chapters didn't alert me ... I have read other novels that include some sections written in a young voice. However, those sections in "Virals" which are not told from Victoria Brennan's perspective were very flat and sparse. This could have been a much better book,with more rounded characters and a more plausible story line without too much effort. I am sure Ms Reichs will develop her voice for this niche market, but I don't think I'll be looking out for any further in this series.
Plea to publishers... please be honest in your descriptions. I am growing disheartened by the seemingly cynical exploitation of a author's name to rope readers in. We've had early, poorly crafted and unpublished novels dusted off and released as "new", and now this. It's really not on.