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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Code is the third installment in the bestelling Virals series. This one is about four teens who fall victim to a terrorist attack. What begins as a treasure hunt for a hidden geocache turns into a deadly game devised by a serial killer. The violence includes bombs, guns, lethal gas, and a murder. There's also mention of countless victims whose lives have been taken. Parents should also know that this novel sheds light on issues of mental illness and the psychological effects of war and bullying.
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What's the story?
Tory Brennan and her three best friends share a common trait unlike anyone else: They are part wolf. Their wolf-like traits allow them to kick their senses into overdrive at anytime, giving them the ability to hear, smell, and see danger that's not apparent to the average human. These senses come in handy when the foursome discovers a hidden geocache that leads them straight to a bomb. A letter is attached to the geocache inviting the kids to play a little game. If the kids refuse to join \"The Gamemaster\" on his or her twisted ride uncovering puzzles and riddles, they run the risk of being killed or killing hundreds of others. The rules are clear: no police and no help. Will Tory and her friends solve the mystery in time to save their community? And more important, will they catch The Gamemaster before more innocent lives are lost?
Is it any good?
CODE, the exciting third installment to the Virals series, explores more mature themes than the first two books, Virals and Seizure. Authors Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs take readers on a thrilling ride that introduces them to complex ideas. The novel offers insight into mental illness and how it affects society, and delves deep into the psychological impact of war (one character is an American soldier who fought in Iraq).
Although Code involves serious concepts, it has the entertaining qualities that made the first two books such fun. Readers are introduced to Southern Belle society and the festivities of a debutante ball, where couples canoodle in plantation-style mansions. Just remember as you enter the iron gates, you never know who you can trust!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about mental illness. What are some different types of mental illness? How are these illnesses triggered? How does society help and care for those who suffer from mental illness?
How does Code compare with previous installments in the Virals series?
How do you think the paranormal aspect of the series mixes with gritty real-world issues like terrorism?
- Authors: Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs
- Genre: Mystery
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, High School, History
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
- Publication date: March 12, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
- Number of pages: 416
- Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
- Last updated: December 04, 2019
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