is a mysterious and fast paced science fiction novel by
Kathy Reichs, author of the highly acclaimed Temperance Brennan series.
This is her first young adult book. It follows Temperance's great
niece, Tory Brennan as she and her friends discover secret testing
facilities, strange experiments, and a deep set mystery in her new
hometown. They are forced not only to rethink the world they live in,
but also themselves as they become infected with a strange virus that
gives them canine reflexes and senses.
I enjoy the main character for her dry humor and intelligence. She
is given lacey gifts and signed up for classical dance lessons by her
distracted and characteristically aggravating step-mother. These
painfully tedious experiences make you relate to her, and make you feel
like you're the one in the story. She also shows her scientifically
inclined personality by adventuring on a neighboring island and
befriending a wolf pup. It is introduced early on that Tory would
rather categorize seashells than text, showing that she does not
necessarily fit in the with the popular crowd. I felt that it added to
the story and made the book extremely interesting.
It is a perfect book for people interested in science fiction and
equally good for mystery lovers. It draws in readers of all ages, with
a compelling plot and complex story.