Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she knows it. An unknown bioterrorist group unleashes a virus that virtually wipes out the earth’s population—leaving Lucy, and a small faction of survivors, trapped inside her high school to wait out the apocalypse.
As war, looting and death wreak havoc outside, inside, the students must contend with a tyrannical and paranoid principal and their own struggles of being orphaned, frightened, and unsure of what the future will bring.
What begins as a basic fight for survival turns into a search for answers that will challenge everything Lucy has ever known about her life and her family.
I was not really sure what I was expecting when I first started to read Virulent: The Release. I added it to my TBR list on Amazon and then Goodreads, but honestly kept putting off reading it selecting other books to buy. Finally I convinced myself to buy the book, and then took over a month to actually start to read it, but once I started I could not stop. I needed to know what happened to Lucy, her friends and family.
Virulent is about Lucy King, a high school student who is about to go on a vacation with her family in the middle of the school year, but after forgetting all the work her teachers assigned her on the day the family is to fly out, her and her brother Ethan are sent back to the school to get her work. When they get there Lucy sneaks into the school and the events that shape the book start to take place.
Lucy and her fellow students are gathered into the auditorium by guards, teachers and the principle as the school is now on lockdown. There is a virus that was released that is causing kids to fall sick and die within minutes. Ending up in her English classroom with her teacher and several students including Grant Trotter, the students are stuck and must remain in the room as the guards randomly check on the students. At one point Lucy spots her friend Salem stuck outside and tries to get her in, but the Principle refuses to allow anyone to enter the school.
The students with Lucy and Grant start to form a plan to get themselves out of the school, and the teacher goes along with it, wanting to get home to her family. With the help of several students they are able to find a way out in the journalism lab, and in a weird turn of events Lucy, Salem and Grant get trapped in the school with the Principle who has gone kind of mad.
The remainder of the book is about Lucy, Grant and Salem trying to stay hidden from the Principle and survive in a time when they have no idea how many have died, or what parts of their family are still alive. By the end of the book they get out of the school and go looking for Ethan, the reunion and what happened next made me decide to immediately read book two.
One thing I liked about this book was that there was no underlying love story tone that over road the story, it was more about survival and definitely made me think about what would happen if this were to really happen in today’s world. The one thing I did like, more as I read the second book, was that each prologue gave more background information on who/what caused the virus.
Review for book two-Virulent: The System will follow in a few days.