Title: Wilder girls.
Author: Rory Power.
Publisher: Delacorta Press.
Page count: 353.
Release day: July 9th 2019.
Genre: YA, horror, mystery.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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
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.
I loved this!
This was at the same time exactly what I expected, but also so much more! This book will definitely not be for everyone. I had expected this to be a book that almost everyone will love, but I think that the weirdness and harshness of some parts is not going to be enjoyed by everyone!
I absolutely loved this book from the start, and this is definitely because of the writing! I just could not put it down, it emerged me immediately! It was such an easy writing style, and it worked so well with this story!
The world building in this book is amazing! I love how it is just a secluded island, where everything has gone bad. This means there are a lot of things we will recognize from our ‘own world’ but every thing is just a slight bit different. This made it all very interesting, because for example there would be a deer, but you don’t know if it is really a deer, or something scary! This was great for the atmosphere in this book!
We read this book from two POVs, Hetty and Byatt. I definitely preferred Hetty’s perspective over Byatt, but Byatt’s perspective was very important for the story. I just think I like Hetty as a character better. What I really liked, about most characters, was that none of them was ‘good’, I mean hard decisions have to be made in these circumstances. I really liked that some of these decisions would not necessarily be considered as good!
I knew that this book was marketed as horror, and me not being a fan of horror was a bit hesitant about reading this. And I have to say for the first third I was like ‘why is this horror, it’s not that scary’. But I can see why this would be considered horror, within the YA section. The last third was definitely scary and even a bit disgusting, but personally I don’t think it was that bad! (Idk I did have a nightmare because of this book though!)
I thought I loved the beginning of the book, but the ending just blew my mind!! When I was nearing the end of the book I kept putting it down for two reasons. One, I needed to process what was happening, two, I did not want it to end!
In one of the moments were I paused reading, I had to look up if Rory Power had plans for any new books. And lucky me, she has! I’m already so excited! It says it will be released in 2020, so I hope that stays true. I only have one problem with it, she wrote some trigger warnings on her web site, and the first one is fire.. I’m not too happy about that haha, but I will probably still pick it up, because In love her writing!
I seriously don’t think I ever wrote a review this long, and I feel like I could say even more!