Wilder Girls by Rory Power (eARC Review)

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Wilder GirlsFormat: eBook (eARC)

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Fiction

Publication Date: 6th February 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

Wilder Girls is about a group of school girls who arequarantined on a remote island where their boarding school is. They have been in quarantine for 18 months after a dangerous disease (Tox) has started to take hold. In this book we follow the main character Hetty and her friends, as they try to find out where their friend Byatt has been taken.

The synopsis of this book had me intrigued and then when I saw the reviews from those who had the opportunity to read it before it arrived in the UK, I had to read it.

After a minor struggle to get into this book, I was really got into it and I almost read 40% of this book in one sitting. This was definitely a wild read. I found the whole concept of the TOX interesting. However, there was one little part in the plot where I wish more details were given and that was actually to do with the Tux. I felt as a reader we weren’t given enough details on it. It would have been nice to know a little more about how it actually came about to affect the girls. Especially asthe book starts with the disease having already been established for 18 months.

Now I know many have described the writing style in this book to be poetic, but I couldn’t see where they got that from. I personally felt it was a little simplistic is places. Saying that my favourite parts of the writing were the gore descriptions. They were great I love books with gore details especially when they are categorised under the horror genre.

Although there were some interesting characters in this book I didn’t really find myself connecting with any of them. Saying that Power’s has done a great job in capturing the characteristics of the young girls in this book. It’s what you would expect from a group of teenage girls.

Now although I enjoyed the majority of the book the ending was SO disappointing. I was expecting so much more from it. The ending has left me with way too many questions, and I really hope that what I thought was a standalone has a sequel coming out because I need to know how it ends!!! (Not going to go into details as it would be a major spoiler for the whole book).

Overall I would say that even with the few issues and disappointing ending this was a pretty good read. This is definitely one of those books you’ll either like or you won’t. I liked and I would recommend to a select few.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Macmillan Children’s Books for a copy of my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating


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  1. Great review, Mani! I’ve heard quit some mixed reviews about this book but I’m still curious to check it out. I’m really not liking the sound of that very open ended ending though? I’m not a fan of those at all unless done very well (this kind of sounds like it cut off mid-thought or so?)! Glad to see the horror was at least horror though! Lol

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    • Thanks Dini!!! Yeah the ending was left mid way. I like my books to end with at least some kind of conclusion or at least a hint of sequel coming.

      This is definitely one of those books you’ll either like or hate, but still worth reading 😉


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