It has been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. It started slow at first, teachers died one by one, then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now they are cut off from the world and fending for themselves, the girls don’t wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wile and dangerous. But, when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything she can to find her even if it means breaking quarantine.
This was one of my most anticipated books announced this year. Just the premise alone had me intrigued. I was so ready to experience all the for and horror this book promised. I certainly got what I expected and more, so I was beyond happy.
I loved reading about all the gruesome and interesting deformities that some of the student’s had throughout the book. Some of these were, a second spine, two hearts and a scaled hand. Make sure you are expecting lots of death, blood, intestines and violence before reading this.
I throughly enjoyed the characters in this book. They are as you would expect, unapologetic, determined, unlikeable, passionate, queer, independent young women with extremely complex emotions. The writing is wild too and drew me into the story immediately. The one thing that didn’t satisfy me though was the ending. It just left me with took many questions for my liking.
For a debut novel the writing is intriguing and leaves me wondering what is next for Rory Power. I cannot wait to see what she produces next. Personally, if it wasn’t for the last few chapters and the ending of the story this would have been a 5 star read than a 4 star read.
Overall, Wilder Girls is a spectacular debut novel that I can see so many people loving. If you are looking for a thrilling, horror-filled dystopian novel, look no further than Wilder Girls!