Virals Series, Book 1
Description (taken from Kathy Reichs' website):
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 that changes their lives forever.
As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot-if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.
Fortunately, they are now more than friends- they’re a pack. They are Virals.
I was highly anticipating this novel and Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series. But after finishing this, I think I'm oaky going without reading the series and just sticking to Bones. Writing this review makes me want to tear a little because I can't say I loved the book like I was hoping to.
Tory Brennan is a 14-year-old teen who lives with her long lost father after her mother passes away. She lives on a secluded island that other university scientists/workers live on. She's a smart little cookie who's trying to keep busy on an island that doesn't have much to do. She and her friends end up unearthing a dog tag which leads them on an adventure to find the truth. Along the way, they discover an illegal experiment and rescue a wolfdog. But this kind of makes them become the experiment as they become Virals.
What I really liked: the story. It was the only thing that kept me reading, that whole who-done-it detective work. But I didn't like Tory and couldn't connect with the people in her life. I guess they all felt one-dimensional. And the background setup wasn't complete enough for me. Or maybe I'm just too nosey for this book. Or stuff gets answered later on in the series. All I can say is the story was good, the execution wasn't.
I wish I could say I plan on reading the next one, but I don't plan on checking it out. I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't. Maybe it's meant for a younger audience (this coming from a twenty-something adult who reads young adult on a regular basis)...
Challenges: Paranormal Reading Challenge and TBR Reading Challenge