Author: Rory Power
Publication date: July 9, 2019
Genre: YA feminist horror/dystopian
Publisher: Delacorte press
It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
Well, I freaking loved this.
Add this to your TBR RIGHT MEOW.
Wilder Girls is brutal, thought provoking, disturbing and utterly amazing. It is mostly told from the main character Hetty’s POV. The synopsis basically says all you need to know, a deadly virus called the Tox struck the island that Raxter School for Girls is located on. People started dying, the Tox started mutating the girls bodies which left them with.. abnormalities. No one knows how the Tox started, the girls are wondering when they are going to be rescued, the island and animals have mutated making it incredibly dangerous and deadly to leave the fenced area of the school. But when Hetty’s best friend Byatt goes missing, she wants some answers.
This is basically a survival story, surviving this deadly disease, surviving being cut off from the rest of civilization, surviving the dangers of the island, surviving hunger, the list goes on. Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down, I just kept flipping the pages. there’s really no luls in the story, there’s always something happening because they are in such a dangerous place.
To sum up what I loved most: f/f romance, dark & gruesome, fast paced, the Tox & body horror, and the characters.
There are just so many things I loved about this book, where did I even start?! I guess I’ll start with the Tox. The tox is brutal, gruesome, dangerous and all around horrible.The way different types of people or species react to the tox is so fascinating. Its a little nod to the horrors of climate change. What happens when plants and animals need to adapt to rising water levels , temperature etc. The Tox basically mutates people for example someone might end up with gills, a missing limb etc. there’s a ton of body horror in this books so if that isn’t your thing, steer away.
I also loved the characters, the three main ones, Hetty, Byatt and Reese are all really complex and have such deep dark pasts and stories, lots of secrets. They make an interesting trio of friends. There are a few chapters told from Byatt’s POV and oh boy, they are a ride.
I loved the plot, it was great, there are some twists and turns you wont see coming. The world building was great, I got a feel for the horrors of the island and the Tox and how it’s changed since the Tox started. The book is also very atmospheric, it has a creepy tone to it. It’s by no means scary (at least for me) but just the creepy atmosphere gave me the heebie-jeebies at night.
Is this a standalone? Because I could definitely go for a sequel.
If you love dystopian or horror I highly recommend this book. It’s such a quick read, super fascinating and atmospheric. You wont regret it, also the cover is gorgeous.