Wilder Girls (Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition)

Wilder Girls (Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition)

by Rory Power

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A Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition! This YA Book Club Edition features a deleted scene & an author/editor conversation.

"Celebrates the resilience of girls and the earthshaking power of their friendships. An eerie, unforgettable triumph." —Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn

"Wilder Girls is so sharp and packs so much emotion in such wise ways. I'm convinced we're about to witness the emergence of a major new literary star." —Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author of Annihilation


A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. This fresh, new debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you've read before.

It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. 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 everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

"The perfect kind of story for our current era." —Hypable

"A groundbreaking speculative story—brutal and beautiful, raw and unflinching." —Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil

"The perfect kind of story for our current era." —Hypable

"Real, flawed, brave girls against a world gone mad. A shudderingly good read!" —Dawn Kurtagich, author of Teeth in the Mist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593126349
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Edition description: Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 3,429
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rory Power grew up in Boston, received her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, and went on to earn an MA in prose fiction from the University of East Anglia. She lives in Massachusetts. Wilder Girls is her first novel. To learn more about Rory, go to itsrorypower.com and follow @itsrorypower on Twitter and Instagram.

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Wilder Girls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 8 months ago
I was really excited about this one. I mean, the cover, the synopsis, it just all sounded really good. But it took so long for anything really to happen. And then, when it did, it wasn't really anything that exciting. It was about a third of the way through, and I got excited, but then, really nothing happened. We never really find out for sure what caused what they had. Or what the people in the world outside were doing. Had this actually affected the outside world? I'm guessing not. And what kind of experiment were they even doing? There were so many different offshoots of the story, and at the end when we start finding things out, they don't all fit in, and something about climate change was inserted as if they were trying to make the story about that or something, but it all just really didn't add up to anything. The ending was very inconclusive, not sure exactly what happened. It was also kind of hard to feel much for the characters, honestly, they weren't really relatable, and nothing about them made me even that sympathetic to them. I'm sorry to say this one is the first book in a long time I've rated below a 3. As I saw another person say, if I hadn't really kind of had to review this, I probably wouldn't have actually finished it. But I just kept hoping the final answers would make all of the story worth it. Unfortunately they did not.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I understand why this book is getting a lot of buzz but I felt as though it was a ripoff of The Maze Runner. It is a book that left a lot of unanswered questions which may be because the author would like to write a second one but the parallels between both stories are uncanny. While I wanted to like this book due to the authors writing flow, and the beautiful cover I just didn't. This again is mainly due to the fact I believe the author ripped off another popular book.
AlexFoux 7 months ago
I was sucked into the "Wilder Girls" world from page number one. The writing style, the graphic slightly gory details and the way I am left hanging off the edge of my seat at the end of every single chapter. There are several reason why I was so entranced with this book but just to name a few: - The flow of the plot. I was already half way through the book and I still wasn't entirely sure what was happening! There are so many mysteries hidden in the information that it leaves you guessing (usually wrong) as you read each chapter. - Girl power to the MAX. I am digging the No Boys Allowed vibe but also the ruthlessness of the girls just because they CAN be. It speaks to the wildfire in my own heart, the one that wants to be unrestrained and free but also to sometimes watch the world around me burn to ashes. These girls are on fire! - The budding romance. I adore the way the girls are so careful and intentional as they test the waters. Despite this book being wholly fiction, it FEELS utterly real I had to ration myself out chapters because I just wasn't ready for it to end! There is a reason this made the Barnes & Noble YA Book Club - just do yourself a favor and go get this book!
Anonymous 8 months ago
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Elena_L 8 months ago
"It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her." The premise for Wilder Girls reminded me of "The girl with all the gifts". The idea behind the story was mysterious and exciting. Nevertheless, as I was reading, the plot sounded confusing. I was expecting more action and clear storyline, however the story was quite dragged and I kept waiting for something more significant to happen and further explanation about Tox. There are lots of teenager talking - which wasn't my cup of tea. The characters were just fine. The good things: the cover is creepily pretty and the writing style is easy and fast. [I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review]
Kaleena 8 months ago
I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did and no one is more disappointed than I am. While I absolutely loved the world-building that Power crafts in her debut novel, unfortunately, I struggled to connect with any of the characters and found it difficult for me to suspend disbelief - but not for the reasons you'd think. "Wonder what she'll get, if it's anything at all. Gills like Mona, blisters like Cat's, maybe bones like Byatt's or a hand like Reese's, but sometimes the Tox doesn't give you anything - just takes and takes. Leaves you drained and withering." Her prose is captivating and gruesome, as harsh as life has become on Raxter Island. The writing and story seem well suited for the screen, and I think I would enjoy this as a movie a lot more. Power has a vivid imagination that she is able to translate well onto the page, but there is something about the narrative flow that doesn't work for me as a novel. It is almost as if the narrative relies heavily on foreshadowing, only it is so overt that you notice something isn't right long before the characters uncover anything. This may be fun for some readers, but it annoyed me to no end. I found myself having an intensely difficult time believing the circumstances of life for the Raxter girls following the Tox, to the point that it prohibited me from ever fully being swept away by the narrative. I hesitate to point out specifics because I do not want to spoil the reading experience, but I couldn't stop myself from asking logical questions like How are they fighting over blankets and jackets when earlier in the text it is stated that the US Navy continues to send food & clothes for the full number of girls originally on the island (even though their numbers have dwindled)? and Why are there not enough rooms when a lot of girls have died? I am not sure if some of these things are continuity errors or not, but much of what made me frustrated and roll my eyes wound up being part of the plot... which honestly wasn't a satisfying revelation for me because it was so overtly off earlier. I never felt connected to any of the three main characters. They felt one-dimensional and paper-thin to me. The one I felt most believable was Reese with her hardened emotions and propensity for protecting herself from emotional pain. But when you don't really connect with or care for any of the characters, it is difficult for you to root for their struggle in an action-packed and dangerous plot. I was more interested in the Tox itself than what was going on with the characters in the book. The most compelling part of the story for me is omitted from the narrative. I understand that this is in large part because we learn about the disease through Hetty, and there is a lot that she doesn't understand or uncover. But for me as a reader, the ending felt anticlimactic and reasonably there could have been another 100 pages added to the end to expand her understanding a little bit and provide some closure for the reader. Wilder Girls is definitely a plot-driven novel, and I kept reading because Power crafted a horrifically compelling micro-dystopian world and I wanted to see how it ended. How it began. Any sort of explanation, really. But the ending felt abrupt and unsatisfying to me. Then again, I am one of the few people that didn't enjoy this book so please do take my experience with a grain of salt! Unfortunately, Wilder Girls was not the book for me, but it might be for you!
Felicia_Medina 8 months ago
Well here's something I never thought I'd never say, this book should have been at least another 100 pages longer. The 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 subsequently quarantined. 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 quarantine and beyond. For me, the most compelling part of the story was omitted. This 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 more 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 characters. The abrupt ending is perplexing. Will there be a sequel? More importantly, can we get a prequel? 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 fascinating. And who knows, maybe I'll get that history after all. 2.5 Stars rounded up ⭐⭐⭐ *** I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***
ScarlettG12 8 months ago
Honestly I don't even know where to start with this book. I was really excited about it when I first started reading it, especially because I had won it. But I quickly realized this was not the book for me. It was very vague and confusing, with major plot developments contradicting things that happened earlier. I felt confused the whole time I was reading it, and while there are some answers towards the end, a lot of things are left vague and unanswered. I also mostly felt like the book had no point. Like I know I read a whole book but thinking back on it I can't come up with a whole lot of things that happened. It was just a bunch of nothing. This was supposed to be like a creepy "horror" book, but besides one or two skin-crawling scenes, it was a lot of teenage bickering and the main character worrying and being horrible. I did not care at all about the characters. The main character Hetty was selfish and everything she did was unreasonable and irritating. There was also no characterization between characters. Hetty talks about how close she is with Byatt and would do anything to rescue her, but we have to reason to believe her or feel that relationship because there's no backstory. And as I said, there's not much plot here. You'd think Byatt going missing would be enough but it doesn't happen until almost halfway in, and then Hetty and Reese do next to nothing to find her except worry and say "I'd do anything to get Byatt back." I really liked the concept of this book and reading the description I still feel like it should have been a really cool and creepy book, but it fell seriously short to me, so much so that I was just ready for it to be over.
seasaltdaydreams 14 days ago
Wilder Girls starts right in the action and slowly reveals itself to you as you read on. It centers around three best friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reese in the aftermath of a quarantine. Sent to the Raxter School for Girls eighteen months ago, Hetty and her friends are now just trying to survive the Tox, the mysterious illness infecting Raxter Island. Without enough food or supplies, the girls try to stay sane while the Tox spreads, killing the girls one by one. But when Byatt disappears, Hetty will do anything to find her. But the deeper she digs, the more disturbing truths she finds. I devoured this book in one night. Part sci-fi thriller, part heart-warming story of friendship, it pulls the reader deep into the world of Raxter Island. Incredibly fast-paced, it slowly reveals its mysteries to you. It’s told alternating the first-person between Hetty and Byatt. I thoroughly enjoyed both the characters’ viewpoints. I enjoyed formulating theories about the Tox. Presented as a mysterious illness, it affects each person differently. As cool as it was, it was equal parts horrifying. Just when you thought you figured out what was really going on, it threw you another curveball. While I honestly didn’t find the ending satisfying, I found the rest of the story enjoyable and would definitely recommend it to those who like fast-paced YA.
Tanith_Argent 15 days ago
This is not “Lord of the Flies,” or even remotely similar. This is “The Island of Doctor Moreau.” This is “Resident Evil.” This is “The Presence” (AKA “Danger Island”). I couldn’t put this book down, but I made myself several times because I didn't want it to end. I’m almost glad the library kept mishandling my hold requests and failing to get this book in circulation, because I finally gave up and bought my own copy. It’s just as well, because I will definitely be reading it again. Recommended for people who enjoy gory horror, military thrillers, and post-apocalyptic science fiction. Might not be for you if you're just hoping for a lot of romance between the female characters. Yes, there are several lesbian characters, but these girls have enough sense to realize the priority here is SURVIVAL, not hooking up.
Gabrielle Hyde 17 days ago
I received an E-ARC of this book from Random House Children's through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions of the novel are my own. A sickness named "The Tox" has ravaged a small all-girls boarding school on an island off the coast of Maine for the last year and a half.  No one knows how it started or what to expect from it.  Girls have quickly died from The Tox, and others have suffered from extreme mutations that have disfigured them.  All the girls know is that the military is trying to help them the best they can, and they just have to stay alive until they can find a way to cure them. This novel was equal parts terrifying and intriguing.  The Tox itself is a fascinating epidemic, as it seems to have only been contracted on the island and no one knows how it started.  This is never truly determined in the novel, which I found to be a little disappointing.  There were some theories developed of what could have caused it, but nothing was determined.  The characters themselves were interesting and had some great ideas for depth to them, but the marks were missed.  Two of the characters are either bisexual or lesbian, which is always great to see, but the relationship between them seemed a little forced in my opinion.  It almost felt like it was just thrown in there for the sake of lightening things up since everything else was so dark and dismal.  One of the girls is the daughter of a Navy man, which is really unique in its own way, but there wasn't a lot past that.  There was a lot of potential for some great anecdotes from the character and how she survived on the island based on what her father told her, but it was missed. The atmosphere of the story was the best part.  Every second of reading this story was filled with questions and fear for what was out there, as much of the wildlife had succumbed to the ways of The Tox as well.  It had some vibes that I felt were similar to "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner, which worked for the story, since the island is so far removed from the rest of civilization. Overall, I truly enjoyed the story, but felt that it was lacking in some points and could have been dug into more to really get at the characters and understand the true origin of The Tox. Rating: 4/5 stars
Huskypuppy432 21 days ago
I read this about a month ago and I still remember everything that happened in this book. It's very creepy and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are diverse and each have their own type of reaction to the sickness which was very intriguing! There are many plot twists that you dont ever see coming and leave you shooketh for a while. The main character is very easy to fall in love with, even if you do question her life decisions sometimes. There are also many characters that really make you angry, because there are many things in this book that you will not agree with, and Hetty feels the exact same way (which makes you fall in love with her even more). So, overall this book was very enjoyable and I definitely recommend it to people that love a good thriller!
Mel-Loves-Books 22 days ago
“We don’t always get to decide what hurts us.” Wilder Girls by Rory Power has been compared to Lord of the Flies with females. I do get that comparison in some ways. it follows a group of girls who have been quarantined at their all girls school on an island after an outbreak of a mysterious illness called Tox. Tox causes many symptoms but one of them is strange mutations that varies from girl to girl, such as webbed fingers, mutated eyes, or voices. The girls are forced into a survival of the fittest society of all females and there are other mysteries that are being kept from them that start to unfold. It was a very intense read, that was hard to put down, but I wanted to put it down for breaks at the same time. Sometimes it felt like too much. Overall I think the author did a fantastic job of showing that females are just as wild and intense as males and it gave an interesting perspective. I really liked this quote from her in the author interview at the end of my special edition copy. “Wilder Girls is so much so about place, and about the girls becoming part of the landscape, which I think the title represents. But it also points to the characters, and to the wildness I wanted to let them express. They fight, and they yell, certainly, but more than that, they refuse to meet the expectations we have for girls, both in books and in the world at large. If the girls are beautiful, it’s only for themselves. And if they’re not? That’s for them too.” I would definitely recommend this book to others and I give it 4.5 stars.
lifeissweettea 23 days ago
Have you ever gotten finished with a book and we’re so aggravated that you wanted to THROW. THE. BOOK.? Yep, that is me with this book. So flipping many things left in answered. Maybe if we had gotten a prologue or a little back story, things might have been different. So it revolves basically around three main characters; Hetty, Reese, and Byatt. They are on Raxter Island and they have all been quarantined due to the “Tox”. I don’t want to go into too much for fear of spoiling it, but it basically a triangle relationship between the girls. The ending was left in such a mess and it really was just aggravating as all heck. But hey 1 star for the GORGEOUS dust cover and 1 star for keeping my attention. But there were a few places when I thought I was going to be sick. I am pretty sure there a ton of people who quite enjoyed this book and I probably would have if there weren’t so many things left unanswered.
mistymtns1812 25 days ago
I’m going to start off by saying that I have not read Lord of the Flies. I’ve heard from a few people that Wilder Girls is a gender swapped retelling of Lord of the Flies, so I’m not sure how it compares, but this was a powerful book. There are hundreds of books in the young adult genre that show how mean girls can be. Rather than portraying Hetty and her friends as typical “mean girls”, Wilder Girls shows just how hideous teenage girls can really be, both mentally and physically. The story follows an all-girls boarding school on a remote island off the coast of Maine. For some time, the school and its inhabitants have been plagued by a disease known as the Tox. The Tox has significantly reduced the school’s student, faculty, and staff population and turned those who remain into survivalists. The naval base on the mainland sends weekly supply drops, but eventually those stop and the girls who remain are on their own. The book alternates between Hetty and her best friend Byatt’s point of view. While more time is spent inside Hetty’s head, the time we spend with Byatt is more unsettling and frightening due to the circumstances she finds herself in. In addition to the different points of view, Power’s writing style is unique. Hetty’s thoughts are concise, and clear while Byatt’s are broken up and foggy, then curt. Perhaps it’s from her own experiences as a teenager, but I feel like my inner monologue must have been a lot like Hetty’s when I was in high school. She’s optimistic on the outside and realistic on the inside. She does this for the benefit of her friends and the other people around her so that they don’t break under the weight of the realization that no one is really trying to help them. If that doesn’t scream relatable teen angst, then I don’t know what does. Wilder Girls is a beautiful and unique take on the boarding school setting. It’s a story about the power of friendship and about the lengths we would go to to survive. This is probably one of the best debut novels I’ve read in a while, and if you want an original take on a familiar story this is the book for you. I look forward to reading more from Rory Power in the future.
BeachesnBooks 30 days ago
A lot of people have been calling Wilder Girls a female version of Lord of the Flies; I'd say it's much more of a YA take on Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation, since both involve an all-female cast, weird fiction focused on a very specific environment, and an overlying sense of unease and strangeness. Unlike Vandermeer's creation of humid Florida otherness, Wilder Girls is set on an isolated island off the coast of Maine, home to an all-girls boarding school that has been completely cut off from the mainland for a year and a half after the outbreak of a mysterious disease referred to as the Tox. The Tox, along with causing intermittent episodes of crippling pain and affliction, warps the bodies of the girls to suit its opaque purposes: one character's hair glows, and the cover illustration shows a metaphorical look at the potential for beauty in these mutations, but the reality for the rest of the girls is much more sinister: our main character Hetty's eye has been sealed shut, her best friend Byatt has grown a second, alien spine, and our hair-glowing friend Rae can't use one of her hands. The disease and quarantine, however, are affecting more than just the girls' bodies. The majority of their teachers are dead, and no other adults are left alive on the island; the Navy sends food intermittently, but it's never enough; and the girls are forced to be constantly vigilant against the threat of attack from Tox-warped wild animals from the surrounding forest. Contact with the outside world is almost non-existent, but the girls still left alive have become survivors, adapting to an unthinkable new reality with pragmatism and strict adherence to the new rules of their lives. Until a few crucial things change: Hetty acquires new information that makes her question what's really happening on the island, and her best friend, seemingly irrepressible, blue-blooded, capricious Byatt, goes missing. I love weird fiction (think Vandermeer or Samanta Schweblin) and am delighted to find the genre finding a foothold in YA. Powers creates an intensely atmospheric setting in Raxter Island that feels like a character itself, and the mysterious illness plaguing the island's inhabitants is a constantly creeping antagonist, at times forced to the background and at other times reasserting its presence forcefully, throughout the other horrors that the characters encounter. Hetty is a tough, survival-focused main character, and I loved her loyalty to her friends, her determination, and her slowly developing romance with Rae. I also loved complex, morally grey Byatt, who I could easily read another entire book about. Wilder Girls is fascinating and immersive, and I didn't see a lot of the plot twists coming, but the pacing is a bit irregular and unconventional, which may bother some readers, although it wasn't an issue for me personally. And I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but I do need to address the ending. I really don't mind an open-ended or thought-provoking ending as long as it's done well--Kelly Link is one of my favorite authors, for example, and all of her stories both end and begin ambiguously. But I didn't feel that this was the case in Wilder Girls, and rather than feeling ambiguous, the ending struck me as unfinished, and unfortunately didn't work for me, which is why I'm giving this 4 stars rather than 5. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an eARC of Wilder Girls in exchange for an honest review.
faye d 3 months ago
From the very beginning, Wilder Girls captured me, with its horrific and yet very familiar (especially to me, someone who went to a women's university in a rural area) and more importantly -- vividly depicted setting and characters. Throughout the novel, I found myself drawn to the premise, and to the relationships between teen girls in a mysterious setting. I tore through the depictions of their changing relationships with their infected bodies, the mysteries being kept from them and by them and from us, their seeming abandonment and the lack of care by the agencies meant to protect them (something that, without spoiling too much, turns out to be even more pernicious than it seems). The friendships and relationships and co-dependencies and freedoms that exist in every collective of teenagers and survive here tugged at my heart in a way that knows them too well. There's very little that fascinates me more than something that really explores the monstrosity of the teenage girl to the rest of society, and the idea of women as terrifying when they're other than passive: this comes very near to it. However -- and again with as few spoilers as I can manage -- I felt like the rollercoaster of emotions and (really very well done) action, as it reached a fever pace of ever more horrifying events with even more unlikely rescues for ever-fewer characters, suddenly dropped off at the end. The last few chapters felt ...strange and sudden, leaving more questions than answers, and a lingering sense of letdown. Grief, too, for what had just happened, but also because I felt like it had been rushed through. I get it. Sometimes the world sucks, the odds are stacked against us, and no matter how hard we try to fight it or to protect ourselves in it, that's never going to change. But it seemed like this one had more to say even if ultimately that was its message. 100 more pages of showing and not telling would have gone a long way. And I would have happily read this book if it were twice as long or longer. Still, I would recommend it heartily to lovers of the monstrous, people who enjoyed having their hearts ripped out by The Last of Us, and fans of Never Let Me Go or Annihilation. A few footnotes: - ALL readers should take a look at the trigger warnings on the author's website. I was fully ready for the body horror and still not expecting a few things that left me really shaken afterwards, especially with the lack of denouement. - If you're someone who needs your science to work, you may get distracted by some of the implied causes of what's going on. I'm going back and forth on whether I actually wanted to know because for me it didn't get implausible until there were reasons given.
Ashes2ashes1189 3 months ago
The cover is what originally caught my eye and The synopsis had me counting down the days till this book released. All that excitement carried through from the beginning of page one till the end of the story. This book is nothing like anything I have ever read before. The characters were well developed ad the story well written with a great flow. This is book while a debut doesn’t feel like it’s a first book in the manner of it felt so polished. The author didn’t spare any detail when it came to describing how the characters looked to what they had experienced and what could be lurking out there. Responsibilities and survival is key and this book has you hoping for me and waiting not so patiently for it to happen.
bookishIN 3 months ago
First impressions: This will be a wild ride! I read a preview of the first few chapters via Bookishfirst.com and am intrigued by the premise of students of an all-girls school unable to leave the school because "the Tox" outbreak has them quarantined there. It's a grim premise: the "Tox" has affected humans and animals alike with disfiguring effects of the toxins they are exposed to and this appears to be a "survival of the fittest" scenario with terrifying consequences. The preview definitely peaks your interest and I will be adding "Wilder Girls" to my TBR ASAP. Trigger warning for body horror.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This novel was everything I wanted Lord of the Flies to be when I was forced to read it as a teenager girl in high school. The characters were interesting and I really enjoyed the authors style. It was a real page turner and I finished it in one sitting. My only complaint is one of personal preference, as someone who loves a slow burn, it felt a little fast paced for me. I would've loved to have had more time spent with the characters, however despite being relatively short I had enough time to build an emotional connection with the girls and really loved the overall feel of the book.
Bookyogi 4 months ago
I heard mixed reviews of this book. They story is an interesting idea, creepy in a good way. But then, at times it just seems creepy to be creepy. Hetta and Byatt have the promise of individual, interesting storylines that will weave in and out, but there seem to be holes throughout. I liked it, but didn’t love it. I thought it was creepy, but more like seeing a car crash I can’t look away from. The plot twists are well done with some you can see coming. So, in the end, I liked it, but didn’t love it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a DNF for me. I tried hard to get into it, but it just wasn't for me. From what I did read, I found that I enjoyed the author's writing style, I just couldn't attach myself to the plot Thank you for the opportunity to try!
Kasey_Baril 4 months ago
I definitely chose to read this book first because of THAT COVER, and after reading the story, I have such an appreciation for what the cover means/stands for. Rory Power created a believable scenario similar to "Lord of the Flies" where a group of girls in a boarding school are placed under quarantine due to a disease or influenza that's affecting the population. Eventually, it turns out to be much more than than, but the real horror is how much I feel that something like this could totally happen and no one would bat an eye. Because this is a school for girls, it's expected to see LGBT representation (which we do). Be wary of graphic descriptions of violence and the effects of the "Tox" on the human body, as well. *I read "Wilder Girls" as part of Barnes & Nobles's Summer Reading program.
MIthahReads 4 months ago
Unpopular opinion: I really enjoyed this book. ….until the last two – three chapters. What I liked: So I had heard pretty meh reviews about this book. It was good until about halfway in, or the ending was bad, or whatever. I still went in with a pretty open mind, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book until the end. It’s a medical mystery, which I love. There’s something making the Raxter island sick, and no one can figure out what it is. There’s a doomed boarding school on the island. They’ve been cut off for a year and a half. The Navy sends supplies periodically. The girls learn to survive. I absolutely loved that aspect. The first chapter grabbed my attention and I did not want to put this book down. I was mad when I had to work and couldn’t read. I was right there along side the girls trying to figure out what was making the whole island sick. It was a fast paced story and I read it in about 4.5 hours total. On another note, I think this would make a super cool movie if they revised the ending! What I didn't like: The chapters were long. I like to stop reading at the end of the chapter, so sometimes I was struggling to stay awake and find an ending point. That’s just a personal preference. They described wounds the girls got.. and it was gross. Even for me as a nurse. There was, what felt like to me, a weird random romance that didn’t really make sense. Some of the characters seemed super petty, but they are also teenage girls so i guess that’s to be expected? It was just a turn off for me. And then the ending. It just seemed like there was no resolution. You figure out what was making everyone sick, but you never saw the aftermath. I want to know what happened after they found out! And I want to know other things which I won’t say here because ~spoilers~. It just left me wanting. Would I recommend? Ugh, what a tough question. I guess I would, but I would tell them that the ending was not what you want. Like, it was a super good book up until the last few chapters. The last few chapters is why I gave a 3.5 star rating instead of four. Just sooo disappointing.
criticalthinkinglibrarian 5 months ago
This book was devastating, emotionally wrenching and beautifully fierce all at the same time. The story involves a group of girls who are attending a private school that is located on an island. The school is put on quarantine because of an outbreak of a disease or phenomenon called the "Tox". The "Tox" affects each girl differently, but the affect is always physically altering. There are characters who develop 2 heartbeats, some develop almost magical like "scaled appendages", while others have double vertebrae. They girls are advised to honor the quarantine and wait it out for a "cure". Throughout the the book, time passes, the girls have to deal with food shortages, lack of medical supplies and no contact with the outside world. The most devastating issue is the eventual death of so many girls who are not strong enough to survive the sickness. So many lives are lost and this brings an emotional turmoil to the group that is so palpitating that you can feel their loss and hopelessness. Reading this book was like re-reading "Lord of the Flies" all over again. The alliances that are formed during a tragic event, the survival and fight to endure an impossible situation, the tantalizing element of brutality are all encompassed in this unforgettably raw plot line. If you like reading YA fiction with a bit of grit this book is for you. It will make you feel like you are drowning slowly, as your lungs fill with an arctic cold that paralyzes your ability to come up for air.