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.
- Pub. Date: November 2010
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
This book was something fresh and different for me to read for a change. I'd been in a bit of a slump, and this helped me to get out of it! Tory and her friends Shelton, Hi, and Ben must uncover the mysterious events taking place on their favorite haunt - Loggerhead Island. There are several levels of mystery that these smart, nerdariffic kids must wade through. What can I say? This is a detective story filled with high tech sleuthing with a supernatural twist. It is a bit of a Nancy Drew book for modern day teens.
The relationship between the kids - who nickname themselves the Virals - is really fun to see. They each bring an interesting aspect to the group and into the story, and the way they work together to solve their issues is great to read about.
I loved this book. It is just solidly well-written and interesting. It's different from a lot of what's out there in the YA arena. I put the ARC in my classroom library, and I already have one girl going crazy over it.
Source: Won from Welcoming the Fall Giveaway at Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits.