Virals is set in Charleston, South Carolina (which conveniently was the last name of David Charleston from The Reckoners series from before. Our narrator is a teen named Tory Brennan who lives with a father who a while back never knew of her existence. She has three very good friends (who are boys) named Hi (Hiram) Shelton and Ben, and at school she tries desperately not to be the other airheads of the school. She prefers hikes, adventures, dogs and wolves, even if officer Marcus Karsten tries to keep the kids out all the time. Then one night, the group of 4 come across a dead body; one without fresh wisdom teeth, a gunshot wound, and evidence that this is the missing Katherine Heaton girl who went missing in 1969. One flaw with this is the new Statute of Limitations would've probably made a murder back in 69 ineffective despite all the horrors. Oh well. Murderers are murderers and if a shot is fired, game on. Tory can't look back on this; but will her love of dogs and love of adventure lead someone to their scent?
Like the Detentionaire cartoon, Virals is full of mysteries and action; some added in as extras and impossible to solve until more information is obtained, others infinite and faculty. I honestly wasn't expecting a mystery in this book, but there is. Not a very big one but one where you might investigate the introduced characters and think something's wrong. Or not. At the start of the book, I had no idea what this book was essentially going to be about. Even if I accidentally read the back description. It's the worst part of the book, I think; trust me, if you pick up the copy I read the story with, the back gives away too much and spoils some things. And as the book started, I was a little cautious. The characters at first weren't very interesting and the dog dynamic came out of nowhere, seemed not as polished up to be believable and seemed like a companion to Uncaged. It's when the shots rolled in that things heated up and I ended up turning the pages much much easier.
A lot of books with the Crime theme within them involve running away. Doesn't really happen here and I was surprised by that. Somehow however, I appreciated it because not a lot of books can do this. What grabbed me was not its characters, but the science fiction, emphasis on wolves which I'm sure has lots of truth in it creates a go-through that's believable and a bit alarming, understanding the effects of changing in genes. I'm looking forward to the SNAP! SNUP! element too. Plus, I was expecting a twist but I didn't expect the twist I earned at all! Then another twist takes its place. The ending is so big that I actually wished there was some sort of better cliffhanger. After that end, I wasn't as motivated as I thought I would be to read the next book Seizure. I'm sure I'll like it when I do though. So yeah, another thumbs up.