- Published: New York : Razorbill, c2010.
- Year Published: 2010
- Description: 454 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 480
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Call number: Teen Fiction
Available Copies: Malletts Teen
Tory Brennan is the leader of a band of teenage 'sci-philes' who live on an island off the coast of South Carolina and when the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.
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Now, that being said, I did like the setting of the tale. It takes place in Charleston, SC. Specifically, on Loggerhead and Morris Island where the main characters' parents live and do scientific research. Loggerhead is an entire island devoted to biology research, including free range monkeys that live on the island and make visiting it challenging at times. I also liked Reichs' idea of a human "wolf pack." The four main characters rescue a wolf-dog pup that is really sick with parvovirus. Normally, this contagion cannot be passed from dogs to humans directly, but this strain was under experimental research on Loggerhead... secret experimental research. The four characters come down with the virus and begin developing wolf-like powers that come on when they are extremely agitated or are very emotional. I liked the powers and the pack mindset. And I thought the virus was a unique way of having the powers manifest.
Admittedly, it took me a little while to figure out who the villain in the story was, but I did eventually figure it out before it was truly revealed. I always feel a little bit accomplished when this happens, but it also makes me sad that the author couldn't fool me. I want my mystery authors to dazzle me! Is that too much to ask for?
Overall, I give it a 3 out of 5 hearts.
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