Wilder Girls by Rory Power | Review

Title: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Publisher: My Kinda Books/Pan Macmillan

Published: February 6th 2020

ISBN: 9781529021264

Series: Standalone

Pages: 320

Edition: UK Paperback

Genre: YA Horror Mystery


Everyone loses something to the Tox; Hetty lost her eye, Reese’s hand has changed, and Byatt just disappeared completely.

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put in quarantine. The Tox turned the students strange and savage, the teachers died off one by one. Cut off from the mainland, the girls don’t dare wander past the school’s fence where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure as the Tox takes; their bodies becoming sick and foreign, things bursting out of them, bits missing.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her best friend, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie in the wilderness past the fence. As she digs deeper, she learns disturbing truths about her school and what else is living on Raxter Island. And that the cure might not be a cure at all…

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Disclaimer: I won this copy at YALC, all opinions are my own.

I won an early full cover copy of this book at YALC from the My Kinda Books stand and I couldn’t wait to dive in!

I buddy read this with Emily from @booklepuff and I am just left with a lot of questions after reading this. It was an interesting read and I did like it but I felt that there wasn’t a whole lot happening and I felt it ended a bit abruptly.

This story is about a school that ended up with a disease called the Tox, and with the Tox that students and teachers ended up losing something about themselves. Raxter School was an all girls school where eventually the Tox ends up killing the students, or does it?

When Byatt goes missing after having a seizure Hetty is determined the Byatt is still alive after but taken away from the school grounds so Hetty and Reese sneak off grounds determined to find out where Byatt has been taken. Hetty knows there’s something sinister going on when out she’s picked to help with food supply and stumbles across a hidden container which makes her even more curious.

There were things in this book that I just didn’t like, some things were a bit iffy. Overall I thought that the book was just okay, it didn’t blow me away. I thought it was going to be creepy but it just wasn’t there for me, I didn’t find it gory either. I don’t quite get the hype surrounding this one but I would love a sequel in the future because I need more answers but for now, I’m not overly bothered.

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