Virals is a number of young adult novels, which have been penned down by the critically acclaimed author Catherine Reichs. These set of books feature the protagonist Tory Brennan. The brains behind the Virals book series was Brendan Reichs, who happens to be the son of Catherine Reichs. All the stories in this book series have elements of fantasy and science fiction and have also been set in the quiet town of Charleston, together with some of the nearby islands. The protagonist in the Tory Brennan book series is Victoria Tory Reichs. Tory happens to be the leader of a group known as the Virals. She has the ability to speak telepathically and also detect the emotions of other people.
Order of Tory Brennan (Virals) Series
The Virals series of books are a series of young adult fiction novels written by the American author Kathy Reichs, which feature as the main protagonist the character of Tory Brennan, the great-niece of Reichs’ most famous character, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who starts in her own series of books aimed at the adujlt market. Kathy Reichs co-authors the Virals series with her son, Brendan Reichs. The Virals series if part crime fiction and part science-fiction adventure.
The first book in the Virals series is simply called Virals, and it was published in 2010. In Virals, we are introduced to the character of Tory Brennan, who is with her friends Hiram, Ben and Shelton on Loggerhead Island. While looking around the island, the friends find a dog tag belonging to a Vietnam War soldier. The group set out to find out who the dog tag belonged to, but along the way they uncover an unsolved murder, but they also end up infected by a virus which gives them special powers. The infection turns them into superheroes of a kind, giving them superior speed, strength and senses. The group call their new powers ‘flaring’ and they are a main feature of the entire Virals series of books, as they help the group out when they’re in trouble. The group must work together to not only solve a murder, but to control their new-found powers and use them at just the right times.
Virals was followed up by Seizure, the seconds book in the Virals series, in 2011, and then Code in 2013. Exposure is the fourth book in the Virals series, which was released in 2014.
In 2015, the fifth book in the Virals series was published, Terminal. While the original Virals gang thought they were the only ones, in Terminal, they meet a group of similar youths who go by the name of the Trinity. The Trinity have been infected by Chance Claybourne, the nemesis of the Virals’ leader, Tory Brennan, and they have come to challenge Tory and the rest of the gang for control of the city of Charleston. Tory and the rest of the original Virals gang risk being handed over to the government if they lose the battle, and the showdown between the rival gangs will leave Tory and her friends facing the a seemingly impossible decision.
Tory Brennan Awards
The Tory Brennan books have not been nominated for any literary award.
Tory Brennan Books into Movies
Tory Brennan book series is yet to be adapted into a screenplay.
Best Tory Brennan Books
Virals: Tory’s mother was killed in a car accident a few months ago. Currently Tory is living with her father, who had no idea of her existence until the sudden death of Tory’s mother in a car accident. She resides on an island that is located a few meters from Charlestown. Tory’s aunt is the exceedingly famous anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brenan. Just like her aunt, Tory is exceedingly fascinated with bones and dead bodies. When Tory Brenan and her three best friends, Hiram, Shelton, and Ben find a dog tag, Tory Brenan wants to establish what the inscription on the nametag says, however since it is an old tag, the inscriptions of the tag have begun to fade. When they finally figure out what the inscription on the tag says, they are more than determined to locate the owner and return the tag to him or her.
This installment just shows just how much Kathy Reichs is an awesome writer. As an author, Kathy is used to penning down adult fiction but not teenage fiction. However, upon reading Virals, you are definitely going to forget that this is the author’s very first teenage novel. She has not written expertly, but she has also written in a manner that shows she clearly understands her target audience and also how to make them gripped. She also knows all the right ideas and twists. With that said, the writing style in Virals is much similar to the one that the author uses in the Temperance Brennan book series. The book is full of intelligent and easy to understand science explanations. All the characters in this book are not only believable but also easily invested in. The second book is Seizure, which features the protagonist, Tory Brenan. Tory and her friends are trying to establish what really happened in the first book.
The four kids have been exposed to an exceedingly dangerous virus, which has in turn altered their DNA. In the process, the kids have developed weird capabilities, much similar to that of wolves. Their natural senses have been enhanced, and in the process, it has created a human pack. Just as the novel begins, Tory’s father drops an unexpected bomb. Due to the sudden decline in the economy, the funds allocated to his father’s research are withdrawn, thereby necessitating a change in career. Furthermore, her father is also forced to move away from South Carolina. This, in turn, would mean that Tory would be forced to move away from the pack. Determined to stay together, Tory, Hi, Shelton and Ben come together once more to search for Anne Bonny, one of America’s famous pirate. It does not take long before things turn for the worst when the pack learns that they are not the only individuals who are searching for the pirate.
They will definitely need their abilities if they are going to survive. Slipping out of the house after curfews, dodging bullets, following obscure clues into some of the town’s underground tunnels, snarky classmates, and Cotillion duties, these are just but a part of the adventure.
Other Book Series That You May Like
If you are a fan of the Tory Brennan book series, then you are definitely going to like the “Mickey Bolitar” book series. The book begins with a tragic event happens and separates Bolitar, from his parents. Thus, Bolitar has no choice but to live with his uncle. Everything appears to be moving smoothly; however, Bolitar’s girlfriend disappears without a trace. All in all, the Shelter is a piece of a novel that introduces readers to clever plotting and humorous dialogue.
Q: Who writes the Virals series of books?
A: The Virals series of books are written by crime fiction author Kathy Reichs, and are co-authered by her son Brendan Reichs.
Q: What is the name of the first book in the Virals series?
A: The first book in the Virals series is Virals, which was published in 2010.