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Published by Arrow, 10 October 2013. ISBN:
Fourteen-year old Tory and her
friends Ben, Shelton and Hiram have been infected by a virus which gives them
special powers of perception, and a closeness like that of a wolf pack.When Hiram finds an unusual geocache, they’re
given a puzzle to solve, and they soon realise this ‘Gamemaster’ is deadly
serious.If they refuse to play, or if
they play and lose, they – and others – will die... and with Hurricane Katelyn
aiming straight for their town, the clock’s ticking.
This is the third in the
‘Virals’ series aimed at Reichs’ teen readers.Because of that there was more catching-up than I wanted in the early
chapters, but once the story was launched then the action was fast-moving.Tory’s old adversary Chance returned to the
series, and her home life, with her dad’s girlfriend Whitney keen on launching
tomboy Tory into good society at the cotillion ball, and Tory’s own conflict
between her old friend Ben and school heart-throb Jason, added emotional
interest.The teen-speak and technology
were convincing, and would appeal to the intended readership.The special powers were made plausible by
vivid description, and interestingly used – for example Tory’s discovery of her
If you have younger teen
readers (age 11 – 14) that are looking for something a bit different, this
might be a good one to try them on.The
first in the series is Virals.
Kathy Reichs, like her fictional creation, Temperance Brennan, is
forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She is Vice President of
the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National
Police Services Advisory Council, and is one of only fifty-six forensic
anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A
professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr.
Reichs now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Deja Dead, her debut novel, brought her
fame when it became a New York Times
bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He
graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington
University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a
litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series. He
lives in Charlotte with his wife, Emily, daughter, Alice, and son, Henry. He
plans to keep writing novels until they drag him from his desk.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.