Today I am here with a review of Wilder Girls which was an amazing book.
**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: Wilder Girls Author: Rory Power Publisher: Pan Macmillan Published: 6th February 2020 Format: Physical Book Source:: Review Copy from Publisher Add It:Amazon UK. Goodreads. Summary: 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…
This is one of those really hard to write reviews because I absolutely want to do this amazing book justice while also not making your expectations too high. Also because mostly all I want to do is just tell you all that you need to read this book which probably isn’t going to be all that helpful to you. So here’s me trying to get all of my thoughts in order so that you can decide that this book is one that you would be interested in reading.
Wilder Girls is a powerful, intense, and ultimately moving novel that will sink it’s teeth into you until you finish it. It well and truly enraptured me from the very start to the very finish. I loved the writing style of the book, it was easy to follow and I just loved reading from Hetty and Byatt’s perspective throughout the novel. But on top of all of that, the actual plot and the imagination behind the Tox was incredible. I honestly do not think I can put into words how brilliant I thought this book was.
For some, this novel might be too gruesome, and I feel it is important to include this in the review because this book does get extremely dark in places but I really enjoyed that aspect myself. I think that Rory Power has done a brilliant job of describing how this virus works but I do know that it is not the book for those with a feint heart. But I also think that this description of everything, this darkness to the book is what made it so much more entertaining to read. It brought Hetty, Reece and Byatt alive. Their story was one of survival against all the odds and that made it a story worth reading.
In case you’re not sure, I really loved this book and I also highly recommend it. It twists and turns, it pulls you in and sucks you out and it is the story of three girls who are fighting against an unknown to ensure that they stay alive. It is a truly remarkable novel that has quite easily found it’s way onto my favourites shelf and will most likely be read over and over again.