- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (Young) (12 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099543931
- ISBN-13: 978-0099543930
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Virals: (Virals 1) (Tory Brennan) Hardcover – 12 May 2011
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"If you love Bones, you'll love Virals" (James Patterson)
"I love this book because first and foremost, the plot was perfectly paced and well-written plus Kathy's writing is so vivid and undeniably engrossing! I just love it!...The action, mystery and humor in the story are all well-balanced...highly entertaining and educational as well. I'm giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this to all YA Mystery, Sci-Fi Fantasy buffs out there." (girlaboutbooks)
"Kathy Reichs gets it dead right with sharp writing and a plot that throws a bunch of very real teens into a deadly adult world . . . . I loved it and I'm sure fans of Alex Rider will love it too." (Anthony Horowitz)
"Mystery... fantasy... science... and heart-stopping action - this book is DANGEROUS. After I read Tory Brennan's first adventure, I wanted more, more, MORE." (R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps)
The launch of a fantastic new series of novels for the young adult market from the Sunday Times bestselling author Kathy ReichsSee all Product description
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Tory Brennan is the 14 year old great-niece of the famous Tempe Brennan (from the books rather than the TV series version!) Her father, Kit, is the son of Tempe's sister, Harry. However, for the first 13 1/2 years of her life, she did not know either her father or her famous Aunt.
After the sudden death of her mother in a tragic accident, she moves to live with him on an island off the coast of Charleston, part of the University Research facility. Near their island is another island - one where monkeys run wild along with a pack of wolfdogs.
Life is very different here for Tory. Her friends are three boys of similar ages who live in neighbouring houses. School is on the mainland - reached by boat; however, the neighbouring island, Loggerhead Island, is the one that attracts the foursome the most. On one visit, one of the monkeys throws a piece of metal at the teenagers. They return to the island inthe hope of using the scientific resources to clean it ... and their troubles begin! Troubles which include ...
... A rescued wolfdog pup who is gravely ill and has to be looked after
... A dead body - from 40 years ago, discovered and then hidden
... Attempts on their lives
... Strange things happening to the teenager's bodies as a virus attacks them, leaving them with unusual powers
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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.
Meet Tory Brennan - great-niece of the renowned Temperance Brennan. Tory has just moved in with her father, Kit, who lives & works on a small island, doing scientific research at the lab on the island. Tory Brennan is of above-average intelligence and fascinated by bones - a hereditary trait. She is adjusting to the loss of her mother and trying to form a relationship with her father, whom she hardly knows. This included putting up with the woman he is dating. Tory's best friends are three intelligent boys - whose parents also work on the island. They attend a private school on a neighbouring island but are somewhat outsiders - they are only "allowed" to attend it because of where their parents work. Their status is below that of under-privileged scholarship kids.
The kids wind up embroiled in two mysteries - the rescue of a wild wolf pup from a clinical research project and trying to establish the identity of bones they have come across.
Now - the characters are somewhat reminiscent of Blyton's 'Famous Five'. Fortunately, Reichs is far more PC influenced than Blyton ever was! The island setting contributes to this feeling of Blyton deja vu - it could be Kirrin Island and, yes, there's a dog. But, Reichs draws her characters beautifully. There are tense moments between adults and children. The children, realistically, feel that no-one believes them because of their age - which is also well depicted.Read more ›
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As a young girl I was riveted to The Famous Five Books by Enid Blyton. This book took me back to those days and the absolute thrill of book reading. Read morePublished 7 months ago by margaret b m wilson
Probably one of the most irritating books I have read in a long time. Not sure which audience it is targeted at, I suspect very young teenagers or younger. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carolyn Smith
It was a good book can not wait for the next ones to come out so I can read themPublished 10 months ago by mrs K A Judd
This is a good, not great, story. I have recently discovered Kathy Reichs, and enjoy her books. Be aware though that this book is targetted at teenagers, and the story-line starts... Read morePublished 10 months ago by stephen