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Seizure: (Virals 2) (Tory Brennan) Hardcover – 5 Jan 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (Young) (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099543885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099543886
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 4.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I would highly recommend it ... 5 stars" (Guardian)

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The breathtaking follow-up to Virals in the new forensic series from Sunday Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs

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I think Virals is rapidly shaping up to be one of my favourite YA series to date. This second installment - which takes place about four months after the first - takes the firm foundation Reichs laid down in Virals and builds a wonderfully exciting new adventure smack on top of it.

The Viral pack - Tory, Shelton, Hi, Ben and their wolfdog Coop - are still attempting to figure out their new abilities when they get shocking news. Their beloved Loggerhead Island, home of the LIRI institute and a beautiful nature reserve, is to be sold off as the university budget is squeezed. Faced with the prospect of her friends being split apart and moved across the continent, Tory clutches wildly at the local legend of Anne Bonny. A fearsome flame-haired lady pirate, Bonny is rumoured to have buried her treasure somewhere in the area. Would it be enough to save Loggerhead? Can she persuade the pack that this isn't just a wild goose chase? And can they solve the mystery in time to stop the sale of the island - and before anyone else finds out what they're up to?

I loved this book. I found the relationships between the four human Virals absolutely spot-on for a group of teenagers - the idle banter, Hi's teasing wit, the slight attraction between Tory and Ben that simmers away gently - and enjoyed the continued exploration of the new pack bond that cements them together. It's great to have four such distinct and resourceful characters to root for, each with their own strengths, weaknesses and quirky idiosyncracies.
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This is NOT a Tempe Brennan forensic investigation but a sequel to 'Virals', the novel featuring Victoria ('Tory') Brennan, Tempe's great-neice, published a year or so ago and aimed at what was described as the 'young adult' market.

'Virals' was built around a group of four mid-teens of impeccably politically correct composition (Irish American, Native American, African American and Jewish American ancestry!) whose parents work at a research institution and nature reserve on Loggerhead Island, offshore from Charleston, South Carolina. The kids live in an employee enclave on neighbouring - and otherwise pretty much deserted - Morris Island. The first novel involved illegal shenanigans surrounding the development and testing of a synthetic supervirus. Testing was carried out on a wolf-cross pup, rescued from its fate by our four heroes, all of whom inevitably contracted the virus. As a result, they are more than a little disconcerted to find that they periodically experience periods of super-enhanced senses and abnormal physical strenghth. They keep all this to themselves - well, they would, wouldn't they?

'Seizure' begins with the discovery that due to economic pressures the research institution is to be closed down and the two islands are to be sold for commercial development. Terrified by the prospect of being separated before they have resolved their viral issues, the gang are determined to do what they can to prevent the closure and sale, though an astronomic sum of money is clearly necessary. While avoiding other guests at an overblown party, Tory discovers the legend - or is it a legend? - of Ann Bonny, a notorious female pirate active in the early 1700s who was reported to have hidden a vast treasure in or around Charleston before her capture and possible execution.
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Although I enjoyed Virals I had felt that Kathy Reichs could best be described as having made "a valiant effort" at writing for a younger market but not quite succeeded. This second book in the series is far tighter and more consistent in its presentation and the plot doesn't creak at all.

It is fairly far fetched in the way of all similar books but that is no true criticism - Harry Potter, Artemis Fowle etc are hardly examples of stark realism!

Interesting to note that in Flash and Bones (2011 Tempe Brennan novel) that reference is made to the sudden existence of Tory Brennan. Can't wait for the crossover novel.
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By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2012
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Seizure is the second book in Kathy Reichs' Virals series which is aimed at the young adult market. Although it is a spin off from her Temperance Brennan series (the main character Tory is Tempe's grandniece) it is very different to the adult series. That isn't necessarily a bad thing - I for one am enjoying this new series - I just think it helps to know what to expect when you pick up the book. Personally I still think it would have been better if the author hadn't tried to link the two series together because they are so different and I think fans of her adult series are picking these books up with expectations that aren't going to be met.

Although I liked Virals I have to say I think things stepped up a gear in Seizure and I enjoyed the second book even more. This is turning into a great adventure series and it still has a very strong Famous Five feel to it. You have to suspend belief at the things this bunch of 14 year olds can achieve but it is so much fun to read that I'm happy to do that. Despite the fact that this book has nearly 500 pages it still feels like quite a fast read and it is the kind of book I would have devoured when I was younger.

Tory and her friends Hi, Shelton and Ben were changed forever when they were infected by an experimental virus that has added wolf genes to their DNA. They are still learning how to use their new abilities and don't have full control over the "flares" that often come over them at the most awkward moments. They are horrified when they find out that the research institute where all of their parents work is going to be closed. It would mean them all moving away from each other and they know they need to stick together so they can keep their abilities secret.
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