Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Virulent: The Release


The dogs died first. Then humans started getting sick. The manmade virus, an act of planned bioterrorism, spread quickly and acted fast. By day two, tens of millions were dead. (Sorry folks, no zombies in this one.) Trapped in the high school, Lucy King and her best friend, Salem, are two of the few survivors. There's also a boy named Grant with them. And the principal who's gone a bit mad. The school offers them food and water and some safety, but there's a chance Lucy's family is still alive. Outside. In a changed world where Lucy's real fight for survival is about to begin.

This is the first book in Shelbi Wescott's end-of-the-world apocalyptic series, and I liked it. It's not a perfect read. Some of the set up, like how Lucy got stuck at the high school in the first place, felt a little contrived. And both Lucy and Salem have a few annoying moments of teen angst, but overall, I liked Lucy and the other characters. Virulent: The Release is an entertaining, fast-paced and enjoyable read. And I'm looking forward to seeing how Lucy's journey continues in the next book.


Happy Reading!

29 comments:

  1. Okay, I had to rule this out based on the first sentence...The dogs died first. Well, at least I was given fair warning!

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  2. I'm always up for a good dystopian. I hadn't heard of this one, but I'm definitely going to stick it on my GR TBR list now. Thanks, Lark!

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  3. A new dystopian for me, and I love a good dystopian novel!

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  4. I hate zombies. They’re so overdone. So no zombies is a good thing. And I like these type of survival stories. I’ll have to check it out.

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    1. It's funny, because one of the characters kept expecting zombies around every corner, but they never showed up. :D

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  5. This one sounds good to me - actually a trilogy sounds very good. I like books such as this at times. Putting it on my list for later. :-)

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    1. I get in the mood for these kinds of books periodically. And this was one of the better ones I've read. :)

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  6. Sounds interesting, and I don't like zombies, so that's a plus. But while I like survival stories sometimes, I'm not a huge fan of apocalyptic novels... and I've already got one of those on my TBR list, Nora Roberts' Year One. I hope you enjoy the sequel!

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    1. I hope the sequel is good, too! And I haven't heard of Year One. I'll have to see if my library has a copy. :)

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  7. I don't read a lot of these types of novels, but I do enjoy them from time to time. Lucy sounds like a character worth getting to know.

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  8. The dogs died first!? I don't think I want to read this.

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  9. I don't read books that are zombies related, so let's say this is a good thing to me, lol. Anyway, this sounds interesting. Hopefully the library has a copy. Sometimes they don't have the titles that I want and it annoys me.

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    1. I know what you mean! There are a lot of books that my library doesn't have that I wish they did. Like this book. I had to buy this one online.

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  10. I do enjoy post apocalyptic type of stories. Don't like the fact that the dogs die. Hope you enjoy the next book more! :)

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  11. I'm with Barb...we can't have the faithful hounds die first! I love dogs in apocalypse books!

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    1. The only thing that made it not quite so bad is that you hadn't "met" any dogs in the book when the virus struck, so it wasn't like watching a favorite character die. But it was still sad.

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    1. I don't know. I think it was a big mistake on the author's part. But at least I wasn't attached to any of the dogs. It made it hurt a tiny bit less.

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  13. I love these types of books and this one sounds like a good one. Although I am a bit distressed about the dogs.

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    1. That seems to be the one thing that what everyone agrees on. I wonder why the author decided to have the virus strike the dogs first. It's certainly not a popular decision. :)

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  14. Oh no, the doggies! I think this is one of those where I would be racing to the end to figure out what happened. Fun!

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