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REVIEW Wilder Girls

It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under uarantine Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under herIt started slow First the teachers died one by one Then it began to infect the students turning their bodies strange and foreig. We don t get to choose what hurts us Did somebody say feminist horror cause there goes my money outta the window as I drool all over this coverAlso just in this book is hella gay Wilder Girls was one of my most anticipated books of 2019 The premise and cover gave me life and I was ready to experience all the horror and gore that they promised I got what I wanted So be warned This book is violent and gory Don t take this lightly It s a ruthless story about an all girls boarding school set on an island that has been overtaken by a plague called the tox The island and all of its inhabitants including the wildlife have been transformed and countless girls have died at its hands The ones that survived are left with gruesome but kind of cool deformities A second spine A scaled hand Two hearts Expect lots of death blood intestines and violence Body horror realnessThe characters are my wildest dreams come true Unapologetic unlikeable determined passionate independent ueer young women with complex characters and emotions No need to say The writing was wild too I was immediately drawn into the story because it s often poetic and just as untamed as the world it creates There was one thing that I wasn t satisfied with though the ending view spoilerI m a sucker for open endings that leave you on the brink of an emotional breakdown But I m not sure what to make with this one It leaves too many uestions unanswered It feels like the last one or two chapters were written already but scrapped just before the book went into printing Now the ending kind of sits there and I don t know what to do with it hide spoiler

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N Now cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everyt. 3 35 STARS It s like that with all of us here Sick strange and we don t know why Things bursting out of us bits missing and pieces sloughing off and then we harden and smooth overI can see why Rory Power s debut novel Wilder Girls is getting serious buzz it s not just a pretty cover as it contains an excellent writing style that wavers between flowery prose and captivating horror In terms of idea and compulsive page turning this book deserves all of the stars but I did find a few points worth mentioning in case your expectations are not in the right place as mine clearly were not All of my criticisms are purely personal preference so please do not put too much weight in them and instead use them to decide whether this might be the right book for youFriends I cannot express how much I love the idea behind this story The feminist YA dystopian theme is taking the world by storm right now and it s definitely my favorite genre at the moment We are being blessed with so many uniue inspiring allegories that my heart can hardly handle it and the author has clearly put her heart soul and bottomless well of love and emotion for all females into this novel I cannot applaud her highly enough for accomplishing such a feat as clearly and intelligently expressing her message in a way that is available to any reader to comprehend Insert standing ovationThe plot is relatively straight forward we re dropped into the setting of Raxter School for Girls which is off the coast of Maine roughly 2 years after the Tox has set in The Tox is an infection that has swept over every living thing on the island and therefore all inhabitants of said island are uarantined while the CDC and US Navy are trying to figure out a cure This Tox manifests symptoms in a different way for each person and the flare ups typically come as the seasons change Sounds excellent right It is but I think the execution of this story is what hindered my full enjoyment as I was expecting something entirely differentWhile I was expecting a brief intro followed by some action sleuthing and major revelations what I got was along the lines of a significant info dump in the first 35% of the novel followed by repetitive scenes of introspection and under developed sapphic plot lines Let me explain I was hoping for a sense of showing rather than telling when it came to the explanation and revelations involving the Tox but what we get is the first third of the book filling us in on what the characters know so far about the disease It s not necessarily a flaw but I did feel like I was reading a really long prologue waiting for the story to begin rather than being filled in with pieces throughout the story There are some really great action scenes terrifying revelations and creative plot devices used in this story but they were overshadowed by multiple scenes of teenage bickering and perhaps this is where I need to state that I am NOT the intended target audience and this may be the very type of thing that teens enjoy reading these days Also and again to my fault I somehow had gotten the impression that this book would be featuring a prominent lesbian relationship and there are a few it is an island full of only females after all but this also felt chalked up to untapped potential by focusing mostly on the we re dating today 12 hours later we re broken up instead of building a swoon worthy romance with relevant conflictThis sounds mostly negative and I truly don t mean for it to because I did overall enjoy this and count anything 3 stars and up as a positive reading experience but I just needed to take a moment to place all my thoughts here and sort through them over the next few days Other reviewers have touched on this so I feel that I should as well but the ending leaves much to be desired I m not sure if this is a setup for a future series as there are many MANY major uestions left unanswered but perhaps what I failed to realize in my reading is that the point isn t about the whowhatwhenwherewhyhows surrounding the Tox and what comes next but simply around the allegories to female struggles today If so I highly respect and appreciate what Power has done here and based on her talented thoughtful and uniue debut I would be honored to read another book written by her Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley

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HingBut when Byatt goes missing Hetty will do anything to find her even if it means breaking uarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence And when she does Hetty learns that there's to their story to their life at Raxter than she could have ever thought tr. Well here s something I never thought I d never say this book should have been at least another 100 pages longerThe premise for this book is really exciting and the cover is fabulous but the execution is sorely lacking The story picks up some year after a remote school for girls is ravaged with a devastating virus and subseuently uarantined Notice how I said picks up Very little backstory is ever given about the onset of the virus How it all started and progressed leading up to the uarantine and beyond For me the most compelling part of the story was omittedThis book features three best friends that have seemingly settled into this horrific existence as much as could be expected even going so far as finding some appreciation for their newly found strengths and Independence Again some history of the events that lead the girls to this point including a in depth storyline as to what brought them to the island in the first place would have been nice When one of the girls goes missing after a flare up in her illness the other two set on a course to find out what happened to her only to discover that all is not as it seems Shocker The reader is never enlightened as to what the cause of or how this illness started Why did it only occur on this island Why does it manifest in such different ways from person to person Basically nothing is ever revealed from the history to the present making it hard to connect with this story and it s charactersThe abrupt ending is perplexing Will there be a seuel More importantly can we get a preuel It seems the author forgot to include the entire backstory from this book I would be interested in reading a second book because the ending leads you to believe that the next chapter could be a thrilling one Additionally the author has a real flair for atmospheric world building and what I did learn of the characters was fascinatingAnd who knows maybe I ll get that history after all25 Stars rounded up I received an ARC from Random House in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “Wilder Girls

  1. says:

    “We don't get to choose what hurts us”Did somebody say feminist horror cause there goes my money outta the window as I drool all over this coverAlso just in this book is hella gay Wilder Girls was one of my most anticipated books

  2. says:

    brain add book to tbrme maybe we should read the synopsis firstbrain no pretty coverme touché

  3. says:

    sapphic horror is my new favorite genrethis is probably one of my favorite covers of the year and I am so happy to say that the inside is just as amazing this honestly ended up being a weird combination of everything i love

  4. says:

    3 35 STARS It's like that with all of us here Sick strange and we don't know why Things bursting out of us bits missing and pieces sloughing off and then we harden and smooth overI can see why Rory Power's debut novel Wilder Girls is getting serious buzz; it's not just a pretty cover as it contains an excellent writing style that wavers between flowery prose and captivating horror In terms of idea and compulsive page turning th

  5. says:

    ARC given to me by my amazingly kind friend McKinlay at McKinlay's BookshelfI really enjoyed the atmosphere and characters so much in this but the ending really kind of ruined it all for me But I can't wait to see what the author d

  6. says:

    oooh goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST YA FANTASY 2019 what will happen?Some days it’s fine Others it nearly

  7. says:

    An interesting premise with a romance that surprised and intrigued me but unfortunately I couldn't find myself connecting to

  8. says:

    4 damn what did I get myself intoWe’re not in Kansas anyI’m sure this book takes place in earth this might be

  9. says:

    Well here's something I never thought I'd never say this book should have been at least another 100 pages longerThe premise for this book is really exciting and the cover is fabulous but the execution is sorely lacking The story picks up some year after a remote school for girls is ravaged with a devastating vir

  10. says:

    Imagine how this cover would look in a hardcover copyliterally chills