Title: Wilder Girls
Author: Rory Power
Genre: YA, dystopia
Publisher: Macmillan UK
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.
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I’m not sure what I feel about this book. It’s not that it’s a bad book. Because it’s not. Objectively speaking, it’s a great book.
The story follows a few students at a boarding school on an island that has been quarantined off from the rest of the world. These girls have contracted something they call the Tox, and they are waiting on a cure. In the meantime, they have to survive.
Content warnings: body horror, gore, suicidal ideation, suicide mentions, blood, violence.
The writing of this story is great. It is intense and gripping, and visceral in a way that leaves you more than a little vaguely unsettled. It keeps you turning page after page, heart pounding.
Or maybe that was just me, because I wanted answers, even while my stomach was churning over the graphic descriptions of things.
I think that is what leaves me feeling so unsure as to what I feel about this book. I was uncomfortable with some of the subject matter – mostly the violence – and I had forgotten, for a bit, that these sorts of books and I don’t do well together.
But it was so well-written that I finished it anyway. If you enjoy books about survival, and almost dystopian landscapes, and strong girls, then this one is definitely for you.