Exposure: Virals, Book 4

Common Sense Media says

Teens seek kidnapped classmates in exciting Virals tale.





What parents need to know

Educational value

The story introduces teen readers to Greek mythology and computer technology, as well as the scientific and chemical components of excavating crime scenes.

Positive messages

Forgiveness is not always about the other person. Sometimes, it’s about healing your own heart in order to let go of the past and move forward. Also -- great friendships are built on loyalty and trust.

Positive role models

Tory and her friends are a wonderful example of friendship. They put others’ needs ahead of their own and show concern and care for their community. They're more interested in learning the truth for themselves than simply believing what others tell them. They follow their intuition and share a great loyalty to each other. These teens are also excited about life and the opportunity of learning as much as possible.


Exposure's violence includes three kidnappings, gunshots fired at teens, an adult male getting into a physical altercation with a teen boy and girl, and one character falling to his death.


Two teens share one little kiss.


"Dumbass" and "douche" are used in moderation.


Exposure is full of popular brands. Kids drink Diet Coke and eat Arby's and McDonalds. They also drive BMWs and shop at Pottery Barn.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

It's mentioned that an adult character smokes cigarettes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Exposure is the fourth installment of author Kathy Reichs' bestselling Virals series. Although this installment is less graphic than Book 3,  it concerns the kidnapping of three teens, and the perpetrator's someone the kids trusted. Violence includes gunfire and an unknown attacker's assault on a girl in the dark. There are fistfights, and one person falls to his death.

What's the story?

EXPOSURE, the fourth installment in the bestselling Virals series, finds teen protagonists Tory and her gang at it again, regardless of the “leave mystery solving up to the police” warning from all the authority figures in their lives. The foursome takes on a kidnapping mystery that involves three of their Bolton Prep classmates. While searching for clues, Tory and her comrades continue to learn about the canine-like superpowers they've had since they contracted a strain of parvovirus that's contagious to humans. While trying to learn more about this science experiment gone terribly wrong, they've kept their infectious status a secret from everyone. But one person may have access not only to their hidden truth, but also to the virus.

Is it any good?


Exposure is entertaining and fun, and the characters are quirky and likable. What this installment lacks in the previous book's thrill and shock factor, it makes up in story and character development. For the first time, the reader gets to hear from Ben, Hiram, and Shelton of the Viral pack, rather than just Tory (the pack leader).

Each installment of the Virals series introduces a little piece of history. Exposure delves into Greek mythology and its role in our daily lives. And for invested techies, the novel includes plenty of computer hackers' technobabble.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the positive and negative issues that come with technology. Is it ever OK to hack into another person's computer?

  • Parents can lay out the precautions kids should take to be safe online. What does online safety mean?

  • Why are mystery novels so popular? Why do people enjoy reading about solving crimes?

Book details

Authors:Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs
Topics:Superheroes, Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Putnam Juvenile
Publication date:March 4, 2014
Number of pages:432
Available on:Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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