I said a while ago that I don’t generally read YA books. Having said that, however, I find myself reading quite a few lately! The reason I read Virals is that it’s by one of my favourite authors, Kathy Reichs. I love her Temperence Brennan books, so when I saw a book I wasn’t aware of I bought it and then was surprised to see it wasn’t about Tempe Brennan, but her previously unknown Great-Niece, Victoria (Tory) Brennan, a 16-year-old wunderkind and archaeology enthusiast.
The story begins when Tory, now living with the father who never knew about her until her mother’s death, and her school friends uncover a mystery about a girl who has been missing for 30 years. While investigating on a University-owned island they are infected by a mutated canine virus which seems to give them strange powers, helping them to solve the mystery.
Although written with a younger voice than the Tempe Brennan books, Virals is just as gripping a tale as any in the previous series. The characters, including Tory, are engaging and intelligent kids who love a mystery. They live in a fairly remote community of University academics so seem to attract trouble!
Virals was a really quick and enjoyable read and the plot unfolded well and at the right pace to lead you to the conclusion – I certainly didn’t suspect the end until I rocked up there. As far as I know, this book is the first in a forthcoming series of YA novels featuring Tory Brennan and based on Virals, I’ll be adding those to my library!