This book is one of those fast paced thrillers that carriers the reader along for the ride; I would classify it as a great beach read. The story follows four misfit teens and their adventures on a barrier island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. Led by Tory, a fourteen year old girl who is still grieving over the sudden death of her mother and the surprise of moving in with her equally surprised father, these four friends get into trouble as easily as other teens surf the web. Tory, Hi, Shelton and Ben enjoy boating over to an island privately owned by a research facility to swim in secrecy. Because of their activities on the island they find dog tags that lead the quartet to investigate a mysterious disappearance case from the sixties, breaking and entering several private buildings and rescuing a wolf dog pup scheduled for termination. It is the last event that is life changing for the teens.
This is the part of the book that strained my credulity; I found it difficult to believe that the kids could have their DNA altered to the point they develop super human abilities, that is why I classify this as a good beach read.
I can easily recommend this book for the younger teens out there; I think they will relate to the the misfit feeling of the teens and will enjoy the roller coaster aspect of the story. There are no deep insights to be found in this work but there is lots of adventure for the younger teen audience.
Virals, by Kathy Reichs. Penguin, NY 2010.