Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Book Review #282

Title: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Genres: YA, Horror, Mystery

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Pansing

Publication Date: July 9,2019

Pages: 320

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.


Please see author’s website for trigger and content warnings.


I went into this book just like I do with any other books that I’ve read before, with only little knowledge of what to expect but I wished that I did prepare myself beforehand because this is a story that stays with you even once you have reached the very last page. This story is captivating, full of horrors and staying close together to fight off the evil force out there and inside them is the only thing that can help them go through it all.

Throughout the time as I was reading this book, one thought that kept circling around my head was “those poor girls” because not only do they have to deal with the demons inside them, what shocks me is that not everyone can be trusted and just how quick they are to abandon people just for the sake of their own selfishness. They don’t deserve all that is happening to them and will continue happening to them.

They were still a few things that remain to be vague such as the ones doing the experiment and exactly what happened at the end. What happened to the other girls? What will happen next? Will they go back to their families? How will they live the rest of their lives? Everything remained to be unclear and I have a lot of questions that need the answers to but I know that I will never get them because that is just how it is. I will have to remain satisfied with how the story ended.

There were so many things happening within the short pages of 320. It strikes on friendship, survival, being one and eliminating the bad guys. Wilder Girls is a book that tackles on a lot of things and should be added on your to be read list for a story is nothing like this. Different yet will make you want for more!



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