Parents' Guide to

Code: Virals, Book 3

By Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tory and friends fight serial killer in thrilling sequel.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Awesome & Violent

I thought the book was amazing and am now reading the rest of the series. The book has suspension, deception, and action. There wasn't one part where my eyes weren't glued to the book. However there is a lot of violence you need to watch out for. There is a crazed lunatic who makes up these "games" where people are murdered. In this book, there are bombs, poison gasses, poison, snare guns, explosions, bombs, other riffles, and hurricanes. Also, high school kids get drunk at a party, there is at least one curse word every couple of pages, and there is a mention of smoking once or twice. On the other hand though, the main characters, Tory, Hi, Ben, and Shelton, show bravery, friendship, and loyalty as they work together to protect themselves, their families, and their community.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (5):

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!

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