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Ebook Virals by Kathy Reichs read! Book Title: Virals
The author of the book: Kathy Reichs
Edition: Puffin Books
Date of issue: August 23rd 2011
ISBN: 1595144269
ISBN 13: 9781595144263
Language: English
Format files: PDF
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The Good:

1. The main character, Tory Brennan, is the sort of a smart, self-confident heroine that YA sometimes lacks.
2. The rest of the cast are entertaining and developed. The whole group is a bit like Big Bang Theory meets Veronica Mars. Intelligent, techy, unabashedly nerdy, and willing to use all those skills for a little breaking and entering.
3. The story is solidly set in a vivid and well-described location. The author never loses her sense of place and time.
4. It's (view spoiler)[sort of werewolves (hide spoiler)] with a scientific rather than paranormal background, which is a new and interesting take -- much more interesting than (view spoiler)[wolves changing because of temperature instead of cycles of the moon. I'm looking at you, Shiver. (hide spoiler)]
5. Romance never substituted for plot. (view spoiler)[Looking at you again, Shiver. (hide spoiler)] Small flirtations and crushes flowed seamlessly through the story without taking over.

The Bad:

1. It's been a long time since the author was a teenager... A. Very. Long. Time. Tory skipped one grade -- which should have made her exceptionally bright but not exactly a prodigy. The author was out of touch with how a fourteen year old thinks and behaves.
2. Some shady science. I expected more concrete science given the author's reputation and professional background.
3. Some shady plotting. There's a lot of confessing to move the plot along here. The kids confess to an evil doctor who suddenly becomes their benevolent guardian just in time to get himself killed. Without the confession his death would've been a sigh of relief instead of a flicker of pain. The bad guys also behave ridiculously by saving evidence for years and retrieving long buried bodies in the middle of the night.
4. Bit of girl-on-girl hate that made me uncomfortable. Tory only has male friends and every female character in the book is shallow, evil, or brainless. It would've been nice to see a positive female relationship in a book with a strong female heroine.

And, yeah, there's The Ugly:

The author doesn't seem to have any real interest in the YA market. This isn't a wild assumption, given how Tory is just a shallow deviation from the author's other adult main character, Temperance. Tory never really acts like a teenager. She thinks and acts like the main character in the adult series. They even share genetics and a last name -- those two things might seem to go hand in hand, but Tory is a Brennan on both sides (biologically unrelated). The author couldn't figure out a way to jam the plot elements together to make Tory both a niece and give her the surname Brennan so she double Brennan-ed the kid so the biological connection would be there at a glance. It wasn't enough to name drop Temperance Brennan, no no. The characters needed to have the same surname, initials, genetics, and share all their interests. Needless to say my eye twitched.

I also think by introducing the fantasy science used in this series Reichs weakened the reality basis of her other series, since she intricately tied the two series together. She made Tory Temperance's niece to double market both her book series. If the author had been genuinely interested in writing an independent teen series it could've been good. Hell, if the author hadn't chased the market by giving Tory and her friends super powers and just written a story about brainy kids solving murders it would've been great. Whatever was decent and creative about this book ran straight into a wall labeled SHOW ME THE MONEY. It was a big fail.

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Ebook Virals read Online! Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A professor of anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal and is a frequent expert witness in criminal trials.

Arthur Ellis Award
◊ Best First Novel (1998): Deja Dead

Reviews of the Virals


Watch out! Maybe a fundamental change in your life!


My life was divided into two halves: before and after reading the book!


A cozy book that teaches small things, happiness, in detail!


A hard, shocking, but extremely useful book that makes you think!


Bogus! You could have done better.

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