Rating: 3.5 / 5
WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power was suggested by my friend Julie as a book that touched on environmental issues. Since since it was a book that I was very curious about and a cover I have been in love with, I picked up a copy and I’m glad that I did.
WILDER GIRLS focuses on the Raxter School for Girls on the island of Raxter which has been put under quarantine since a disease known as the Tox hit changing the residents in unbelievable ways. The Tox hits in waves, slowly changing each girl in a different and horrifying manner from changing the skin to metal, sealing an eye shut or adding additional body parts. The navy has been helping to keep the survivors alive while they wait for a cure, dropping food and supplies off. Even that becomes a danger though as the girls must trek through the dangerous island to get them where the local wildlife has been impacted by the Tox as well.
The main point of view of WILDER GIRLS is that of Hetty, a young woman struggling to make the best of her situation. When her best friend Byatt goes missing, Hetty is determined to find her even if it means putting herself and everyone else at risk. On her quest for her friend Hetty learns there are more risks at play than those they know about.
I knew going into this book that it has received mixed reviews and now that I have read it I can certainly see why. This book starts in the midst of the drama. The girls have been transformed in imaginative and horrifying ways, from their physical appearance to the ways they will battle even their best friends for the meager supplies they receive. The book is full of questions about why characters do what they do.
The ending I think is what hangs up most people who didn’t love the book and this is perfectly understandable. This is a book that leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions. It is hard to say much more than that without crossing into spoilers territory so I’ll just leave it there.
Overall I really enjoyed this read for entertainment value. It absolutely kept me hooked and wanting to read more (I would absolutely pick up a sequel for more answers). I felt like there could have been a bit more depth given to some of the characters and the relationships that don’t have much back story on the page, but overall I felt this was a great read!
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