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Terminal, by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs | Book Review

Gi Hallmark | The Children’s Book Review | July 21, 2015



Written by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs

Age Range: 10 and Up

Hardcover:  432 pages

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (March  2015)

ISBN: 978-1595145284

What to expect: Science Fiction, Technology, Action, Humor, High School, Mystery, Suspense, Friendships, Resolution

The Morris Island gang is back in Terminal, the fifth and final full installment of Kathy and Brendan Reichs’ NY Times Bestselling Virals series. In Terminal, the stakes are higher as Tory, Hi, Shelton and Ben encounter a vengeance seeking pack of teens also infected by the canine parvovirus. To add to the challenge, Tory, Hi, Shelton and Ben find themselves defending against another set of mysterious figures intent on violently discovering their Virals secrets. The action level for this final book is intense and at its peak for the series, as the Virals fight for their lives while trying to identify their assailants at the same time.

As with the previous books (Virals, Seizure, Code, and Exposure) Terminal delivers action, adventure, and suspense in a contemporary and relatable voice for readers. Throughout the series, character development is a prime asset and Terminal does a nice job of continuing the strong character development trajectory of the previous books. In addition, the Reichs’ provide satisfying resolution to many of the unanswered questions weaved through the previous books about the private lives and the future of the pack.

Terminal’s biggest attraction is as a novel that serves as a beacon for young adult readers interested in STEM who are looking for books with entertaining fictional characters of the same age and engaging plots to feed their interests. The Virals are humorous, resilient, and passionate, and cast a positive shadow on critical thinking and knowledge. In addition, the framework of the story offers a refreshing balance between entertainment, suspense, and intellect. Terminal is a terrific punctuation to the Virals series and the Reichs’ dynamic writing partnership delivers another thrilling read for young adult book fans of all ages.

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Read our review of the first four books of the Virals series.

Read our interview with Brendan Reichs.

About the Authors

Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs is the author of seventeen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the Fox network.Learn more about Kathy at www.kathyreichs.com.


Brendan Reichs

Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Emily, daughter, Alice and son, Henry. He plans to keep writing novels until they drag him from his desk. Learn more about Brendan at www.brendanreichs.com.

Terminal, by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs, was reviewed by Gi Hallmark. Follow along with our book reviews and articles tagged with , and ; as well as our Teens: Young Adults category to discover more great books just like this one.

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