A few months after the event with Katherine Heaton, the Virals are now on Summer Vacation. The people behind her murder are now in jail and the b*tchy girl club have been picking on her for it. The Virals have also gotten decent differences in the major parts in their powers, and their parents still don't know this. While the Virals practice one day they find out that the laboratory that Tory's father Kit works has gone bankrupt and sold by Charleston University, and considering there isn't a lot of efficient work for him in Charleston, the same for all the Virals' parents, they all could end up separated. Tory is heartbroken and feels hopeless...until she discovers a tale of a girl who had went missing in 1721 named Anne Bonny who rode on a pirate ship called Revenge. Bonny ended up disappearing alongside her treasure and the last anyone ever saw her was right in the community. People have been searching so long for this treasure, so can the Virals with their new powers do so?
One thing that got me hooked immediately was it erased the slight problem I had with Ben, Hi and Shelton in the first book. I felt it could've easily just been two characters and I couldn't tell Ben and Shelton apart really. Now that they have abilities that are stronger for one than the others and they somehow have more distinct personalities each, I can't help but feel apologetic. Essentially, it's Michael Vey all over again with its unforgettable characters and gruesome story. What helps is its delicious sense of humour around the idea they're on a treasure hunt and sense of mystery where once again you keep guessing who could be behind a set of attacks and I actually didn't end up predicting who even though I feel like I should've. It doesn't only focus on the treasure either. Tory has a crush named Jason Taylor who has a bit of a burden against Viral Ben for obvious reasons, and the battle between the jockies for his heart - or for Tory's own dignity anyway - is just as much fun as getting closer and closer to the treasure. There are parts in the book where they have to go through so much that they consider quitting. Not a lot of novels do this, in the fact that they're humanized and I could see both sides of all this.
It's also very fun and unexpected how Tory ends up phoning her Aunt Tempe to decode an ancient language; Temperance Brennan, the lady behind Kathy Reichs' other series. I like it when books do this as well, seeming like all the stories of an author could come together makes a double ice cream cone in my head. The language is Gaelic; and throughout the novel it almost seems like an amazing real-life story of science and history; Kathy and Brendan Reichs have really thought it out this time, depicting all different kinds of logics you'll probably learn if you ever became a forensic anthropologist like Kathy. And finally, this time there are a few very serious chances for not just a sequel, but an entire series of five like this series is, many more antagonists and unfinished but correctly unfinished conflicts. There's Virals, Seizure, Code, Exposure, and Terminal. Bring on Code!
And here's how I conclude. I'm putting Seizure alongside Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen, Prodigy and Itch Rocks as my favourite books of all time! The Virals go off in search of treasure in this book, as I have stated numerous times, but a treasure on its own for me was picking up and reading this book.