Saturday, December 11, 2010

Kathy Reichs: Virals

Kathy Reichs started a new book series for young adult readers, the first book is called Virals.
Tory Brennan is the niece of well-known character Tempe Brennan but they don't know each other that well, although they are very alike.
Tory just lost her mum in an accident and has to live with her marine biologist father on a small island at the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. All adults living on that island work on yet another smaller island which is a research facility where monkeys and a small pack of wolfdogs run wild. Science-loving, intelligent Tory and her three friends, all boys, visit that island to watch the animals and detect a dogtag that sets them on a search for a murder vicitm. They also detect an unauthorized experiment on one of the wolfdogs which they take with them. And here the stories adds some mystery or science fiction to the crime novel - the kids all get infected with a designer virus that on the long run gives them wolf-like abilities (super strength and super senses). Add some teenage drama to that and you have a good idea of what Virals is like.
One could argue it's far-fetched but it's quite entertaining and a page turner. Well-written in Kathy Reichs style with a lot of teen language added I quite liked it and will possibly read the followers - the next one is already scheduled for next summer.

Kathy Reichs, Virals. Penguin, New York 2010.

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