I am an avid reader of the Temperence Brennan books by Kathy Reichs (I’ve already pre-ordered to next one), so when her new YA series, Virals, popped up last year I wanted to try it out. As you can see from my review of Virals (Book One), I really enjoyed this new set of characters. Now, the second book, Seizure, is here and the Virals are back for a new adventure, but this time there’s pirate treasure to find (arrrr! etc).
As the book begins the Virals Tory, Ben, Shelton and Hiram are struggling to make sense of the wolf-like ‘flares’ that they started having after contracting a mutated virus in book one. At the same time, budget cuts mean that their parents may have to find new jobs, thus splitting the friends up – if they are scattered then they will have to deal with their strange new powers alone and may never make sense of them, so when Tory hears the strange tale of Anne Bonny, a renowned 18th Century pirate, she resolves to find Bonny’s lost treasure. This, obviously, sounds easier than it turns out to be for the gang.
Although it contains a science fiction element of having the Virals exhibit ‘superpowers’ this novel in very much in the spirit of Enid Blyton’s adventure books – the gang solve mysteries, get into peril, outwit the authorities while pulling the wool over their parents’ eyes. This novel in particular does so very much as the addition of pirate treasure, ‘x marks the spot’ and such makes it supremely exciting. Again, the book contains all of the mystery solving you’d expect from a Kathy Reichs novel and Temperence Brennan even makes a cameo appearance, which suited me.
I think – hope – that there will be more books following Seizure, as Tory Brennan is a great character for younger readers and any books that get youngsters interested in science and history are really to be encouraged.