Seizure: Virals, Book 2

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Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Kids search for pirate treasure in adventurous sequel.

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Educational Value

Kids are introduced to the golden age of piracy, the Book of Kells, Gaelic (the traditional Irish language) and much more.

Positive Messages

The key to building great relationships is a combination of trust and loyalty. Familial bonds can be formed even if you don't share the same DNA, but one should never underestimate the strength of genetic coding!

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tory and her three best friends are great examples of true friendship and teamwork. Together, they work to solve problems that will better the environment and their small community. They are extremely loyal to one another and prove that four minds working collectively can accomplish more than one.

Violence

Two villains are killed. Kids are frequently held at gun point or running from gunfire, but no kids are physically harmed. The main character is bullied with verbal attacks by her peers.

Sex

It's implied that Anne Bonny may have had a lesbian relationship with pirate Mary Read.

Language

The words "bullsh--t" and "ass" are used.

Consumerism

Like Virals, this sequel is also full of brand name designer dresses and flashy cars: Nike, Gucci, Nicole Miller, and Studebaker, to name a few.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It's mentioned that Tory’s mother was killed by a drunk driver. There's also a discussion about a remote character who attempts to conquer his depression by drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although Seizure is the second installment in the Virals series, and while it has some violence, it's less intense than the first installment.  The main characters discover a dead body, and it's mentioned that two villains have been killed. The adventure in this book is very Indiana Jones-esque, as kids travel through underground waterways and manmade tunnels, fighting booby traps in search of hidden treasure. There are two scenes where kids are attacked by adults with guns, shots are fired, but no one is hurt. But there are moments when the main character is bullied. Also, children steal an artifact from a museum for temporary use. Although they plan to return it, the consequences could be great.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byKayli-Bird September 19, 2013

Too Many Profanities

I really enjoyed the first book even though I had to sit with my white-out pen so I could cover the unnecessary cussing in it, but I was really let down with th... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2013

Ages 11 and up

It's a pretty good book, but it has some violence such as killing. Some coarse language such as sh!t is used.

What's the story?

SEIZURE is the second installment in the Virals trilogy. Tory Brennen and her three best friends share a common trait that's unique to them: DNA that's part wolf! In Virals, the kids accidentally release a contagious virus that infects them all with special superpowers. The kids can tap into their wolf-like instincts at any moment, but sometimes the "flares" come without warning. So, when the foursome's parents come close to losing their jobs at Loggerhead Island Research Institute, and moving away, the group has just one thing on their minds: save the Institute to stay together as a pack. The only way the crew can stay together is if they come into a hefty amount of cash to buy the Institute and the property it sits on. Therefore, it's no surprise that when Tory is informed about a hidden treasure left behind by famous female pirate Anne Bonny, she and her comrades get together to solve the mystery!

Is it any good?

SEIZURE is a fun and adventurous sequel that mystery lovers will devour. Author Kathy Reich, does an incredible job combining fact and fiction. She takes the reader on a journey through the Age of Piracy and ancient Irish culture. Kids will learn a lot about Anne Bonny, female pirate, who ran her own ship and was respected as an equal to the men aboard it. They will also be introduced to lessons of law and society during the 1700s.

Reich shows young readers the monotonous process of researching important data to solve mysteries. The characters in Seizure spend a lot of time in the library, visiting museums, and interviewing experts. Some readers will find the brilliant, mystery-solving minds of the main characters implausible, but others will enjoy the ride and look forward to the final installment in the series, Code. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss how the violence in Seizure differs from the violence in the first book in the series, Virals.

  • Readers can further explore the underground tunnel where the characters search for hidden treasure. Create a map based on the narrator's direction. Can you figure out the dead ends, the waterways, and the hidden bridges?

  • Readers can also research more about pirate Anne Bonny and her legacy.

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