The System (Virulent Book 2) Review & First Book Giveaway!

This is a review for the second book in the Virulent series. I do not do long reviews for second books in case some people have not read the first, but I am going to put the synopsis for the first book and a buy link, as well as a review for the second. There is also a giveaway for the first book!


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.

Lucy King’s saga continues as she searches for her family and for the truth in Book Two of the Virulent trilogy.

It took one week to demolish the world and obliterate the earth’s population. And it took two weeks to solidify the ties of friendship and build-up a small society of survivors who must rely solely on each other to navigate the future’s unknown terrain.

As Grant Trotter and Lucy King make their journey to Brixton, Nebraska in search of answers, the Oregon contingent must deal with Ethan’s failing health and resentful, mysterious newcomers. Each group faces new challenges as they adjust to their new terrifying realities.



I love the Virulent series. I bought the first book on a lark and devoured it in less than a day. To my utter dismay, the second one wasn’t out yet. I found Shelbi on Facebook and to my relief, the second one was coming soon. Now I’m dying for the third!

In the second installment, Lucy and Grant have lost just about everyone that they love. Lucy’s brother isn’t doing well and Lucy and Grant are on the way to Nebraska in search of Lucy’s father. When they finally make it, Lucy and Grant are separated in a dire situation, as the Nebraska survivors will not accept Grant. The second book follows them on this journey of discovery and the sacrifices it takes to reunite.

This book was just as good, if not better, than the first book. The characters are so lovable and intense. It is like they are real people that could walk off the pages into your living room and you would instantly connect with them. I think Shelbi did a fantastic job with the end-of-the-world scenario, hitting the feelings and emotions just right. If you haven’t read the first book, it is a must read and you better have you one-click finger ready to buy the second as soon as you close the last page!



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Posted on July 16, 2013, in BOOK REVIEWS, GIVEAWAYS and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I would love to read this series. …do the books have a cliffhanger?

  2. Hey there, Mark! I would say that they do have small cliffhangers. Within each book, I’ve tried to wrap up some plot issues, while leaving others still out there in the balance. Book one’s cliffhanger is probably worse than book two! (That wasn’t my intention…but it just happened that way. I know cliffhangers are ridiculously frustrating.)

    Hope that helps! Thanks for your interest!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. How many books do you plan for the series?

  5. Will there be a third book in the series?

  6. Added to my wishlist on Amazon – which is growing by the day ………. loved the first book 🙂

  7. Finished the first book, immediately purchased the second and just finished it. Love the characters ( some of them 😉 ). Now can’t wait for December/January – so happy there will be a 3rd book.

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