Code: a Virals Novel by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs ISBN 978-1595144126 (read by Cristin Milioti )
When many people see the name Kathy Reichs, they think of “Bones” an adult mystery/suspense series revolving around a forensic specialist, Temperance Brennan. Tory Brennan is the niece of the Temperance and in every book there is a phone call to the esteemed scientist for help with scientific information and translation.
This was a book that I thought was great because I like the concept of mutations and shape-shifting and extra powers; however my teenage son was less than thrilled about … but it could have been the reader that he really didn’t like. Also, though the teens acquire the heightened olfactory abilities of the wolf and speed — they actually don’t change. Their eyes just turn color and really where is the cool factor of yellow eyes?
I like this series because Tory and her friends are just your average every day teens who are smart and live in isolation on this island off the coast of South Carolina. Their families live on an island owned by the University and their families are all co-workers. The kids take a ferry to school on the main-land and they need to go by boat anywhere they want to travel. This series shows a group of youth with initiative and intelligence. A group of teens that like each other and though they may not always agree, willing to work towards common goals. They overcome hardships and issues and remain committed to the pack.
I would recommend these books to tweens and teens who like to read about the what might have beens. The ideas of science and questions of solidarity are important recurring themes.
These books are great and may fall under the category of best read if you are sensitive to voices on audio…
From School Library JournalGr 7-9-Months ago, 14-year-old Tory and her friends accidentally acquired supernatural abilities while attempting to solve a decades-old cold-case murder. Now, the group has discovered a geocache, left behind by someone they know only as the “Gamemaster.” The Gamemaster leads the gang on a scavenger hunt peppered with puzzles, codes, and riddles. As the treasures they find become increasingly dangerous, Tory and her friends suspect that one geocache may be a ticking time bomb. The Virals must race against the clock to find it before it detonates and kills innocent people. While this sci-fi/mystery mash-up has some plot inconsistencies and implausible moments, it will appeal to fans of the first two books. The four Virals-Tory, Shelton, Ben, and Hi-are well defined in the course of the story. Though they are all intelligent and protective of one another, their actions are not always prudent or legally sound. The group’s “save the world” mentality thrusts them into plenty of perilous situations, and simply letting law enforcement handle the Gamemaster is never a real consideration. Still, the friends admirably stick together and will stop at nothing to protect the innocent.-Leigh Collazo, Ed Willkie Middle School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.