Wilder Girls
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.

Wilder Girls Details

TitleWilder Girls
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139780525645580
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Horror, Mystery, LGBT, Fiction

Wilder Girls Review

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    January 1, 1970
    brain: add book to tbr.me: maybe we should read the synopsis firstbrain: no. pretty cover.me: touché
  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    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
  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    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 in stories. it is a feminist lord of the flies following 3 friends who are under quarantine at a boarding school. when one of the friends goes missing it becomes a race to find her and figure out what the hell is happening on this island and uncover the secrets being kept fr 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 in stories. it is a feminist lord of the flies following 3 friends who are under quarantine at a boarding school. when one of the friends goes missing it becomes a race to find her and figure out what the hell is happening on this island and uncover the secrets being kept from them. this also has a really great f/f relationship that I died over! as for the horror elements. this isn't "jump scare" horror but more "makes your skin crawl" with some of the creepy elements, which I personally loved. I would say if you liked the movie Annihilation then you will love this! if you would like to take a look at the content warnings the author has kindly shared them on her website this was one of the more unique YA books I've read recently and I loved how it didn't shy away from the brutality of what was happening. there was also a cool stylistic choice with the writing that I think worked really well and added to the creepy vibe.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    3-3.5 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 over."I 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 3-3.5 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 over."I 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 you.Friends, 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 unique, 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 ovation.The 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 quarantined while the CDC and U.S. 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 different.While I was expecting a brief intro, followed by some action, sleuthing, and major revelations, what I got was more 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 more 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 more 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 conflict.This 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 questions left unanswered, but perhaps what I failed to realize in my reading is that, the point isn't about the who/what/when/where/why/hows 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 unique 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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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    Some days it’s fine. Others it nearly breaks me. The emptiness of the horizon, and the hunger in my body, and how will we ever survive this if we can’t survive each other? “We’re gonna make it. Tell me we’re gonna make it.”so much about this book is so good. the synopsis. the premise. the chillsiness it delivers. the characters. the tantalizing dislocation of WHAT IS THIS THAT IS HAPPENING? the dread and unease. the tension. that goddamn cover.i did not love it unconditionally, but what i did lo Some days it’s fine. Others it nearly breaks me. The emptiness of the horizon, and the hunger in my body, and how will we ever survive this if we can’t survive each other? “We’re gonna make it. Tell me we’re gonna make it.”so much about this book is so good. the synopsis. the premise. the chillsiness it delivers. the characters. the tantalizing dislocation of WHAT IS THIS THAT IS HAPPENING? the dread and unease. the tension. that goddamn cover.i did not love it unconditionally, but what i did love i loved HARD.set on an island-isolated girls’ school in maine, the reader is dropped instantly into an atmosphere of extreme and horrific circumstances: what was once a fully-functioning, fully-populated school has been diminished by a mysterious affliction known as the tox, wiping out all but two of the teachers and most of the students, with terrible consequences for the ones who managed to stay alive.the school is located off the coast of a naval base, who have ordered the island quarantined and promised that the CDC is working on a cure. meanwhile, the navy has been providing supplies by way of boat drop-offs collected by the few girls allowed to travel beyond the walled-off school grounds, but the quantity and quality of the supplies have worsened the longer the situation continues, the packages themselves oddly composed: Even when there’s no bread, there’s always shampoo, and the girls are all but starving as they cluster together in the school, functioning in a mostly cooperative free-for-all setup, awaiting the next outbreak.and the outbreaks are intense. They cycle in seasons, each one worse than before until we can’t bear it anymore, and, if the girls survive, they are left each time with a different physical reminder of their ordeal: glowing hair, silver scales, or with more monstrously disfiguring body horror manifestations; bones protruding through the skin, eyes fused shut, with “something” growing underneath… 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 over.the patterned timing of the flare-ups, the age of the victims, the ceremonial rite-of-passage way they acknowledge a girl’s first episode gives it a very OUR CHANGING BODIES vibe, and girls know all too well the bloody body-horror transformations of puberty even without something like the tox, but this goes beyond allegory, the girls keep on dying, and it’s unclear whether the root cause is illness, toxin, biological agent, etc, but it’s one that has also affected the local wildlife, causing forest-dwellers like foxen, bears, and bobcats to be a little bigger, more aggressive and more desperately hungry, as misshapen as the humans. There used to be horses, four of them, but early in the first season, we noticed how the Tox was starting to get inside them like it got inside us, how it was pushing their bones through their skin, how it was stretching their bodies until they screamed. So we led them out to the water and shot them.so far, it is everything i love and all the best parts of Lord of the Flies, The Village, Pure: survival in a dangerous landscape, mysterious and terrifying illness, giant freaking animals, teen girls with guns and shifting loyalties and EXOSKELETONS and important decisions to make about trust and love and loyalty and how and when to play your cards and all of the seeeeeekrits that go with the us v. them situation of limited resources and even-more-limited information and not knowing what’s really going on ‘out there.’ i love the characters, the switching POVs, the escalating tensions and the bold authorial moves. but then that ending. that’s no way to say good-bye. i assume it’s a case of where they’re interested in a follow-up book but want to see how this debut sells before committing to a follow-up, but i’m not in love with where the book cuts off. the final scene works as a final scene and an appropriate ending-mood, but there’s too much left unresolved before that sunlit-water-for-credits-to-roll-over ambiguous optimism. i was expecting a standalone book, and this feels unfinished. i loved it until then, but unfortunately, that’s how books work: the last thing you read-feel is what looms largest in your mind, and for me, it was a quiet disappointment. everything else, though, thumbs up!now gimmie a second book!**********************************that ending...... review to come. **********************************I DON'T KNOW IF YOU UNDERSTAND HOW BADLY I WANT THIScome to my blog!
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Because this cover is freaking everything!! Holy Sh*t Snacks! I need more answers right now! Where is book two; geez I just finish this book and need another one. I mean there has to be another one because of that ending! So, this is told through two POV's; Hetty & Byatt. But there they have another best friend Reese who is very prominent in the book. All of these girls live at the Raxter School For Girls. The school is on an island but it seems to be a fairly big island unless I missed some Because this cover is freaking everything!! Holy Sh*t Snacks! I need more answers right now! Where is book two; geez I just finish this book and need another one. I mean there has to be another one because of that ending! So, this is told through two POV's; Hetty & Byatt. But there they have another best friend Reese who is very prominent in the book. All of these girls live at the Raxter School For Girls. The school is on an island but it seems to be a fairly big island unless I missed something while reading so fast to get to the next page! The island has every type of wild animal on it as well and yes, that's a thing in this book. The book doesn't lead up to the Quarantine, we learn about that in bits and pieces through-out the book. As you can read from the summary, there is a disease/virus (whatever) called Tox. Teachers and some of the girls have been killed by it. But there are those that have just been changed by it. What the hell is it? I know some of what it is but I'm not telling you. It makes me squirm though. There are certain groups of girls that are picked to be on a team to go out and get supply boxes that are dropped for the girls from some peeps. You know, clothes, food, medicine, etc. But there are some really weird things going on. Now I haven't read the book "ANNIHILATION" but I have seen the movie and it does remind me a bit of that movie. One day something happens to Byatt and she suddenly disappears from medical. She's just gone?! So Hetty sets out on a mission to find her along with Reese and they find some really messed up stuff. There are a lot of bad things that happen to the girls in the school, but I will leave that for you to read about. Also, I have already pre-ordered this book! *Thank you to Netgalley for a digital copy of the book for review.*MY BLOG
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine how this cover would look in a hardcover copy...literally chills
  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Survival stories tend to grip me. There’s something really fascinating, I think, about the idea of ‘‘the survival of the fittest’’ or strongest, smartest, prettiest. It’s a competition. It’s a deadly game. Sometimes, there’s no use even trying because you can’t compare. You don’t have it in you to survive. You’re a follower, not a leader. And yet, and yet. Your body doesn’t want to die. YOU don’t want to die. So you let your instincts take over and you find a way. Sometimes it’s enoug 4.5 stars. Survival stories tend to grip me. There’s something really fascinating, I think, about the idea of ‘‘the survival of the fittest’’ or strongest, smartest, prettiest. It’s a competition. It’s a deadly game. Sometimes, there’s no use even trying because you can’t compare. You don’t have it in you to survive. You’re a follower, not a leader. And yet, and yet. Your body doesn’t want to die. YOU don’t want to die. So you let your instincts take over and you find a way. Sometimes it’s enough, sometimes it isn’t. Most of the time, it takes a team. We’re not meant to be alone and loneliness is a signal from your body that you should find a community that will help you survive. I realize this is an ambiguous review, but how do you review a book that you have trouble comparing to any other you have read before? Yes, I have read books featuring survival stories, boarding school tales, LGBTQIA+ romances, horror situations, mystery plots, unbreakable friendships, underdogs and cunning characters. But all in one book? Never.I would have given it 5 stars with pleasure if it hadn’t been so slow. It was so captivating I should have been able to finish it in one sitting but the slow-pacing prevented that. So be aware that while it’s exciting and original and dark, it’s a slow ride. But still very worth it. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    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 qu 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 Random House in exchange for an honest review. ***
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  • Vani
    January 1, 1970
    This cover is what I imagine I look like when I'm emotionally unraveling even though I'm really crying on the floor and eating in the dark.I knew, or at least hoped real hard, that I would like this book as soon as I read the editor's note in the beginning. The editor talks about how this is essentially a twist on Lord of the Flies, with a bunch of girls quarantined on an island, all sick and dying. Let me share this portion of the notes with you, because I love them too much not to: "Bodies wi This cover is what I imagine I look like when I'm emotionally unraveling even though I'm really crying on the floor and eating in the dark.I knew, or at least hoped real hard, that I would like this book as soon as I read the editor's note in the beginning. The editor talks about how this is essentially a twist on Lord of the Flies, with a bunch of girls quarantined on an island, all sick and dying. Let me share this portion of the notes with you, because I love them too much not to: "Bodies wither, evolve, and transform, and the girls become ugly and wild. They become monsters, and yet, they don't hide what they are. Identity and physical appearance are inherently intertwined, but for girls it's different. Girls have always been valued first by their appearance. In this novel, girls are allowed to be terrifying without judgement." That last sentence just had me. I was so ready, and Wilder Girls didn't disappoint me.The premise had me immediately, though tbh I'm never, ever a fan of illness/outbreak stories. Every time I've read one, I've inevitably felt unfulfilled and like nearly every one is identical because there's (typically) only so much one can do with that idea. This has enough twists on the common outbreak idea that I love it. The idea that it's maybe not the whole world that has changed, that it's maybe just these particular girls, on this particular island, and their few remaining teachers, for instance. In every illness dystopia I've read, the whole world is affected, and where's the hope in that? Here, with the girls essentially living in a fishbowl and having hope that the healthy people outside can save them, it added an element that I loved. Also, The Tox doesn't just make the girls sick, it makes them animals. One has a second spine, one a reptilian hand, one has two hearts. Many girls die, but many are made stronger, if less human. It's gross af, honestly? More than one scene made me cringe like hell. But it's also just really, really good. The writing is really well-done. The author pulls no punches, and the book really thrives because of it. Had Power been less willing to make this so gut-wrenchingly nasty, the way a book about an outbreak should be, it would have suffered. I don't love gross really ever, but I love that this isn't gross for shock value, it's gross because gross is realistic in this scenario.The characters, personality-wise, do leave something to be desired for me, which is why I'm knocking it a star. Though they're great in other ways, if not just for their resilience, and I don't know what I would have needed to like them more. *Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for advance access to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds so freaking weird and awesome. 😮Also, cover. Not gonna lie.
  • Hannah Greendale
    January 1, 1970
    Brutal, arresting, and utterly bewitching feminist spin on Lord of the Flies. A top read of 2019, for sure. There used to be horses, four of them, but early in the first season, we noticed how the Tox was starting to get inside them like it got inside us, how it was pushing their bones through their skin, how it was stretching their bodies until they screamed. So we led them out to the water and shot them.
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  • Rory Power
    January 1, 1970
    hi! i wrote this! if you are looking for content warnings and trigger warnings, you can find them here: https://itsrorypower.com/wilder-girls/if there's anything missing from the list that you feel should be there, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me - there's a contact form on my websiteokay bYE
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  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsWilder Girls comes out July 9, 2019.It’s darker, it’s meaner, it’s fracturing, it’s singular. It gives you too much and not enough. This was something else and loved it even when it upset me. Concept: ★★★★★Characters: ★★★★★Pacing: ★★★★Unique factor: ★★★★★I wasn't ready for Wilder Girls. When I sat down with my cup of tea and opened it on my cushy chair, I thought I was ready for a Lord of the Flies-type tale with bio-human interactions and a dash of f/f sprinkled amidst a feminist beautif 5 starsWilder Girls comes out July 9, 2019.It’s darker, it’s meaner, it’s fracturing, it’s singular. It gives you too much and not enough. This was something else and loved it even when it upset me. Concept: ★★★★★Characters: ★★★★★Pacing: ★★★★Unique factor: ★★★★★I wasn't ready for Wilder Girls. When I sat down with my cup of tea and opened it on my cushy chair, I thought I was ready for a Lord of the Flies-type tale with bio-human interactions and a dash of f/f sprinkled amidst a feminist beautiful nightmare. My tea quickly turned cold, abandoned. I couldn't stop, wasn't sure if I wanted to, and when I finished I just sat there, pondering my very existence and the fact that I now had a new favorite book that I wasn't sure I'd ever want to read again—but would never forget.The Tox took over Raxter Island, and the all-girls school was quickly quarantined to contain the spread. The Navy promised food, supplies, and a cure...as long as the girls waited patiently on the grounds, and stuck to the quarantine. But time is running out, and the girls are dying. Hetty, Byatt, and Reese are three of the older girls at Raxter, and their triad has endured over a year of the Tox, the quarantine, and the creeping insanity befalling the girls. Hetty's eye has grown into something else, Reese's hand is now silver-scaled, and Byatt's found herself with two bony spines—yes, this novel deals with graphic depictions of bodies morphing into Other. Overall, the girls consider themselves lucky as others suffer worse manifestations of the Tox's spread. Some don't even make it through the first flush. This is a gritty story. Alternating the POV between Hetty and Byatt, Wilder Girls details the events that happen as Hetty realizes what exactly is happening to Raxter Island, and what it means for those still trapped in the infestation. At times horrifying, at times poignant, this is a singular story that brings to mind the YA horror novels of Dawn Kurtagich and the sci-fi horror explorations of Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation. It's no coincidence that they were chosen for the back matter blurbs, and I'd say that the authors chosen for the blurbs are decidedly more indicative of Wilder Girls' contents that other novels (that's as close I can get without spoilers).Definitely a new favorite—but I like my speculative tinged with darkness so I'd advise the casual YA reader to read some reviews before diving right into this one.Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.*****Original notes: I don’t even know. It’s darker, it’s meaner, it’s fracturing, it’s singular. It gives you too much and not enough. This was something else and I’m still staring into space, trying to collapse back into myself. Review to come!
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  • Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
    January 1, 1970
    I got an ARC and it's on its way so I'm hypedUpdate: It arrived!!!!!
  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    Lord of the Flies meets Annihilation in this YA literary horror debut featuring a quite deadly illness that slowly turns an all-girl school's students into monsters.Unfortunately, me and this book didn't click as much as I hoped after seeing that cover - one of the most gorgeous in YA - and what this book was about, since it promised creepy woods and queer girls. It delivered both, but I found only one of them actually satisfying.The main reason this book didn't work for me were the characters. Lord of the Flies meets Annihilation in this YA literary horror debut featuring a quite deadly illness that slowly turns an all-girl school's students into monsters.Unfortunately, me and this book didn't click as much as I hoped after seeing that cover - one of the most gorgeous in YA - and what this book was about, since it promised creepy woods and queer girls. It delivered both, but I found only one of them actually satisfying.The main reason this book didn't work for me were the characters. There wasn't anything wrong with them, not really, but by the end of the book, I realized that I didn't know them at all, which was the reason I couldn't bring myself to care about them. I rooted for them, of course, but I didn't feel it.They felt so distant that I started to wonder whether this was intentional and the author was trying to mirror what Annihilation did with its main character. (And it really feels like a YA version of that! It even has the bear.) I can't know the author's intent, but the Annihilation approach worked because that book was barely longer than a novella, not even reaching 200 pages.Another theory is that she chose not to develop her characters because Wilder Girls is meant to be a general portrayal of the experience of girlhood in a misogynistic world - which it could be, since one could see this as a story about how girls are constantly made to change, told to be different, told that their bodies should be always beautiful, told that their bodies belong to everyone but them. Even then, I still don't think this was the best choice (if it really was intentional). I just... couldn't get invested in anything but the atmosphere.Also: (view spoiler)[I'm so tired of "it was caused by climate change!!" plot twists in books that never in any way talk about ecology. It feels like constantly reading novels in which every plot twist involves deities but that never actually talk about religion. Of course we want to talk about climate change, of course it's horrifying, but that's exactly why you shouldn't throw its effects around as if they were magic that is completely not tied to how ecosystems actually work. (hide spoiler)]Apart from that, I can say that this book is really well-written. The writing is gorgeous and evocative, the pacing excellent, and this is one of the best examples of plant horror I've ever read, because for once, I've found a plant horror book that actually tells you how the forest looks like and which trees are there (pines, spruces - yes, this book doesn't call all of them pines, I love that - and broadleaf deciduous trees). I still didn't love it, as I prefer books in which the forest horror comes from the plants and not from the animals that roam it.Also, creepy tide pools! There are creepy tide pools! I loved the setting so much.In addition to what didn't work for me about the characters, this book also had what didn't work for me about Annihilation, the sad, lost and gloomy tone, as I find it exhausting, but that's not the book's fault.If you want to know the trigger warnings for Wilder Girls, this list on the author's site is comprehensive, but to that I'd add "therapy session gone wrong", because I needed it.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: An I the only one who sees a book and wants it so bad they have a panic attack? No? Just me?This cover looks like something I did in art classGoodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pintest | Reddit |
  • Katie Gallagher
    January 1, 1970
    Check out this review and others on my blog! Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. Wilder Girls debuts July 9th.This is one of those books that grips you hard from the first sentence, sinks its teeth into you, shakes you around, then has you gasping for air on the floor by the time you hit the last page. Seriously, Wilder Girls is an insane, intense ride, and I hope beyond hope that it ushers in a flood of YA wei Check out this review and others on my blog! Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. Wilder Girls debuts July 9th.This is one of those books that grips you hard from the first sentence, sinks its teeth into you, shakes you around, then has you gasping for air on the floor by the time you hit the last page. Seriously, Wilder Girls is an insane, intense ride, and I hope beyond hope that it ushers in a flood of YA weird fiction and body horror. When I picked it up, I already had a sneaking suspicion that this book was going to be my kinda thing because Jeff VanderMeer, king of the weird, is one of the blurbers. I was not disappointed; this is a book to buy on release day and devour in twenty-four hours.The premise of the book is that a bizarre, unprecedented plague called the Tox has infested an island home to an all-girls boarding school. The Tox causes those it infects to mutate, perhaps by growing gills, claws, an extra spine, etc. The schoolgirls and the sparse crew of staff members remaining on the island have developed a system of survival, but when one girl goes missing and her friend determines to find her, everything is thrown into chaos.Wilder Girls pulls no punches. The prose is raw and has so much forward momentum that it is a very difficult book to put down. I will say that the discovery and explanation at the end of the hows and the whys of the Tox was a bit disappointing to me. It came a bit out of left field; I was hoping for something less scientific and more just “this weird, inexplicable thing is happening and we can’t figure out why and now we just have to deal with it.” My opinion when it comes to weird fiction is that explanations take away from the mystique.But even so, I basically adored this book and would hope for a movie version if I weren’t so sure Hollywood would fuck it up. Unless maybe we can get a return to practical effects à la John Carpenter’s The Thing… How amazing would that be? A girl can dream…I’ll definitely be awaiting this author’s next book, whether it’s a sequel to Wilder Girls (would actually be satisfied with there not being a sequel, just to preserve some ambiguity in the story) or something else.
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  • ;3
    January 1, 1970
    SAPPHIC HORROR??? IM FOAMING AT THE MOUTH FOR THISalso naming your main character (who i’m assuming isn’t even het) hetty is such a power move
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    January 1, 1970
    3.75Wilder Girls feels dystopian. Generators are working around the clock. Animals have gone savage. Humans are getting infected…dropping like flies. There was an outbreak of the TOX, the CDC and the Chemical /Biological Incident Response Force have issued the implementation of a full isolation/quarantine for the Raxter School for Girls. Everyone is to remain on school grounds within the fence and supplies are dropped off via Camp Nash at the western pier of the island near Maine. There is order 3.75Wilder Girls feels dystopian. Generators are working around the clock. Animals have gone savage. Humans are getting infected…dropping like flies. There was an outbreak of the TOX, the CDC and the Chemical /Biological Incident Response Force have issued the implementation of a full isolation/quarantine for the Raxter School for Girls. Everyone is to remain on school grounds within the fence and supplies are dropped off via Camp Nash at the western pier of the island near Maine. There is order in the school…for a while at first. Girls are paired up, rations are carefully dealt and job shifts are listed weekly. Gun shifts and supply shifts are the most dangerous duties. But the fevers are encroaching, wretched, leaving scars and the infirmary is not a place you want to go…or you may not come back. The three main characters in this story form a trifecta relationship through love, loss, and hope. Byatt becomes sick and is taken to the infirmary. Hetty, who has had a long relationship with her, sharing everything from secrets to bed-space, is now trying to find her in the infirmary. But Byatt is kept isolated and can’t be visited. Hetty does what she has to, to find out what has happened to her. Her discoveries lead her into another realm of secrecy that is kept from all the girls. Reese is there for Hetty to deal with the pain and vying for Byatt's bed space. The two of them will take on an investigation of what is happening behind the closed doors of the infirmary and a shipment that has arrived on the island that was anything other then provisions needed. Something fishy is going on on the island and they are bound to find out what. Tragedy hits very personally on the outer reaches passed the woods when the TOX is making its way in towards the school. Can Hyatt track down her friend and uncover the conspiracy happening around them?***This novel has a striking cover as well as a story. A shared space of beauty and wretched simultaneously. I did not see it like that at first, but the rawness of hurt and evil are spreading like an evil fog, suffocating all that is left of the beautiful girls. In places, I found the writing somewhat abstract, which added to the eeriness of the plot. The pacing and elusive choice of dialogue have the reader guessing to make sense of it all. This particular part is not my fortay, I don’t enjoy it as much, but I think it would be considered a fitting component to add to the overall atmosphere. The action scenes were my favorite part of the novel and an element of romance gave the characters a reprieve from hardship. With a dystopian feel and the backdrop of government secrecy, it holds the reader’s interest throughout. I had hoped to find an extreme ending to all of this, but it fell a bit flat in a sense, that it is somewhat open-ended. Therefore the reader has to deduce an appropriate conclusion to their liking. I have seen this in movies that are to be continued, but I am not sure if this novel is to be. Again, all up to the readers taste if this is a make or break. Overall it was an interesting read filled with chilling moments and adventure. The author shares notes on content trigger warnings on her site: https://itsrorypower.com/wilder-girls/ just in case. And if dystopian novels are your thing and you enjoy YA novels, this one is worth to spend your time with. I received a digital copy of this novel from Netalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank youMore of my reviews here: https://scarlettreadzandrunz.com/
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  • Savannah Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Well, shit. I loved this.Can Power write. Every word felt so living, simultaneously effortless and deliberate, deepened further by the spaces she lets the reader fill in for themselves. I bought all of it - from the girls to the complicated relationships between them, to the nature of their quarantine, to the island, to bodies turning against themselves. It's unique and thrilling and gut-wrenching and terrible and strange and I can't stop thinking about it.WILDER GIRLS is really special. Do not Well, shit. I loved this.Can Power write. Every word felt so living, simultaneously effortless and deliberate, deepened further by the spaces she lets the reader fill in for themselves. I bought all of it - from the girls to the complicated relationships between them, to the nature of their quarantine, to the island, to bodies turning against themselves. It's unique and thrilling and gut-wrenching and terrible and strange and I can't stop thinking about it.WILDER GIRLS is really special. Do not miss it.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    WILDER GIRLS has left me with oh so many questions. I want so much more from this world. So there better be a second book on the horizon.. and, because I'm not sure there is, that's why I'm hesitant to round this up to a full four.There is such a stark, almost hopeless, beauty to this world. A casual kind of horror. A strange, uncertain, weirdness that you just can't look away from. Oh, and, if any kind of unnatural physical deformations trigger or weird you out, you may not want to read this on WILDER GIRLS has left me with oh so many questions. I want so much more from this world. So there better be a second book on the horizon.. and, because I'm not sure there is, that's why I'm hesitant to round this up to a full four.There is such a stark, almost hopeless, beauty to this world. A casual kind of horror. A strange, uncertain, weirdness that you just can't look away from. Oh, and, if any kind of unnatural physical deformations trigger or weird you out, you may not want to read this one.This story works as a horror mystery and also as an allegorical tale.. for a few issues, really. And it's left me very contemplative. And yeah, I want more.More thoughts to come on the blog around release date.** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • julianna ➹
    January 1, 1970
    sooooo this was magical and gay and also viscerally terrifyinglike, I am now afraid of the dark again. thanks rory "We don't get to choose what hurts us." This novel takes place in Raxter School for Girls, where the Tox first started to take over the land— changing the forest, wildlife, and the ground— before moving on to the people living on the island. Because of this, the entire school was put under quarantine and only three girls: the Boat Girls, are let out. These Boat Girls are only let ou sooooo this was magical and gay and also viscerally terrifyinglike, I am now afraid of the dark again. thanks rory "We don't get to choose what hurts us." This novel takes place in Raxter School for Girls, where the Tox first started to take over the land— changing the forest, wildlife, and the ground— before moving on to the people living on the island. Because of this, the entire school was put under quarantine and only three girls: the Boat Girls, are let out. These Boat Girls are only let out so they can pick up food supplies from the military, and the normal school life is hardly continued (because all the teachers died) with painful events, called "flare-ups" that occuring every couple of seasons. The story centers on the main trio, Hetty, Reese, and Byatt who are unexpected friends. Hetty and Byatt have always been closer to each other than they have been to Reese; the development in relationships is one of my favorite things about this book. While Reese's main goal is to become a Boat Girl, that is effectively hindered when Hetty, in a turn of events, becomes the third Boat Girl.When Byatt, Hetty's closest friend, ends up being taken away after suffering an intense flare-up, Hetty becomes determined to find her and also starts becoming closer to Reese. I have so many words on how much I love the cover, and also how much I love the relationship between Hetty and Reese. :') Reese is such a strong-willed, closed-off girl with everything fierce on the outside while Hetty is more outwardly attached and emotional and Byatt is a talkative, giving everything a sort of magic kind of girl and I just love them so much. This features an f/f relationship, with Hetty being mga and Reese being queer. Like, thank the gods for blessing up with a beautiful book with beautiful characters and beautiful relationships. "I managed three years without giving it a name. But there she is, Reese with her starlit hair and her wildfire heart, and I knew what to call this last night in our room, her face beautiful and strange in the dark. I knew the day I met her, when she looked at me like I was something she didn't understand. I've known every minute in between." There's just something about an untamed, predatory wilderness that evokes the sharp feelings of suspenseful terror inside you. Especially when that primal wilderness is reflected in the attitude changes of all the students at Raxter. It was just compelling to see how the Tox affected all the girls' lives and how certain people wished for everything to return to normal, and how certain people absolutely thrived under the circumstances of a life-threatening plague. I feel like Rory's writing was perfect for this book; her fragmented sentences just added to the creeping, chilling feel that this entire novel gave? Also. That ending. I will be meeting someone in the parking lot if this book doesn't have a sequel, or at least an epilogue of some sort. Anyways, you should read this book if you like:+ complex queer girls with intricate relationships+ being absolutely terrified+ scary wilderness mechanics+ dead bodies. "I don't know where we're going. I don't know what's next. But Reese's heartbeat is steady in my ear, and I remember— I remember how it was. > content and trigger warnings: violence + body horror (gore), chemical gassing, suicide> a full list of trigger warnings is provided on the author's webpageThis copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. All quotes are taken from an uncorrected arc and may be subject to change after publication.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    *continuous screaming*
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    5/5stars I was a provided with an ARC through Netgalley - thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this early! But my thoughts are 100% my own guys. Guys. GUYS. This was AMAZING!! This might very well be my first favorite book of 2019. This book was EVERYTHING I could have wanted and more. I was first attracted to it by that incredibly weird (but beautiful) cover, and then I heard it described as "Lord of the Flies" but with girls and ya girl is the BIGGEST fan of Lord of 5/5stars I was a provided with an ARC through Netgalley - thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this early! But my thoughts are 100% my own guys. Guys. GUYS. This was AMAZING!! This might very well be my first favorite book of 2019. This book was EVERYTHING I could have wanted and more. I was first attracted to it by that incredibly weird (but beautiful) cover, and then I heard it described as "Lord of the Flies" but with girls and ya girl is the BIGGEST fan of Lord of the Flies and any other piece of literature, media, etc. about kids killing each other or kids locked on an island fighting to survive. it's my JAM. So if you're a fan of lord of the flies but with a lot more body horror and gore, predorder this one NOWAlso, I didn't know "queer horror thriller" was a genre but I think its my new favorite genre and I need every single one of them in my hands NOW!This book had all the elements of a perfect book for me.- An amazing, wide cast of characters and a loyal af main female protagonist who would do anything to protect her friends- GAY LADIES who love other ladies and love ladies canonically on page- Kids fighting for survival because holy shit thats my favorite trope no one is surprised- post-apocalyptic following a small group of survivors aka my other favorite trope but this time its in a very small, condensed little area rather than the entire world- Sciencey experiments- Explanation of what was destroying everyone and their world- that explanation being REALLY FREAKING COOL YO- Best explanation ever omfg- I need more right now- Ambiguous/open ending which is also MY JAM i love it- Beautiful writing like wow the amount of highlights I have are ridiculousIf any of these aspects sound good to you, or if you're a fan of the same books as me, I would HIGHLY recommend preordering this book or requesting your library to get it on it's release date (July 9!!!) because it is 100% worth the read!!3.27.19 just got approved for this one!! Can’t wait to pick it up!! 👏🏻👏🏻
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  • m ❀
    January 1, 1970
    full review now on my blog! ARC kindly provided by Delacorte Press in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Wilder Girls deceived me. I remember adding this to my TBR after hearing about its sapphic main characters and seeing the beautiful cover. When I turned the first pages, I never expected to be thrust into such a brutal, horrific story with characters that would stay with me for a long time after reading. I can’t quite articulate my full love for this book, I can ju full review now on my blog! ARC kindly provided by Delacorte Press in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Wilder Girls deceived me. I remember adding this to my TBR after hearing about its sapphic main characters and seeing the beautiful cover. When I turned the first pages, I never expected to be thrust into such a brutal, horrific story with characters that would stay with me for a long time after reading. I can’t quite articulate my full love for this book, I can just assure you this is a book you shouldn’t be missing. Add it to your Goodreads TBR. Preorder it on Amazon. Request it at the library. Just try to get it in your hands in July, trust me.Hetty and the remaining teenage girls at the Raxter School for Girls have been quarantined for over eighteen months. In isolation on a seemingly empty island, they receive rare shipments from the Navy and are instructed to lay low while they obtain a cure for Tox, the mysterious disease causing girls to drop like flies. The surviving girls suffer from flare-ups like clockwork, developing horrific, physical deformities. Now, the girls have divided into groups and only the strongest – named the Boat Girls – are allowed to leave the school and venture into the wild.Hetty becomes one of the three Boat Girls, much to the dismay of Reese, and discovers on her first mission that the distribution of food and supplies may not be as equitable as she originally thought. However, her best friend Byatt suffers another flare-up and mysteriously disappears the next day. Hetty, reluctant to accept Byatt’s disappearance as normal, formulates a plan to save her, alongside their other friend Reese. Through her snooping, she discovers that the life on Raxter they’re shown might not be what it’s always seemed.Wilder Girls depicts a hellish, brutal world where a mysterious illness named the Tox either kills or deforms the girls remaining at the Raxter School for Girls. It’s a thrilling, fast-paced read jam-packed with diversity and luscious, stylistic writing. Hetty, Byatt, and Reese’s story is something you shouldn’t be missing. I’d highly, highly recommend. Rory Power’s debut definitely tops my list of favourite reads so far this year.Book Depository* ♡ Amazon* ♡ Blog ♡ Twitter* I'm an affiliate and will receive a small commission if you purchase through my link.
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  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    At a boarding school on an island something has gone horribly wrong. Eighteen months ago the Tox hit the school and the girls are changing, mutating into something they can't explain or stop. Each season they morph more and more away from the girls they used to be and into creatures hell bent on survival. There's only a few rules, don't leave the quarantine and don't ask too many questions. I went into this book not realizing exactly what the premise was and man was I surprised to open on mutati At a boarding school on an island something has gone horribly wrong. Eighteen months ago the Tox hit the school and the girls are changing, mutating into something they can't explain or stop. Each season they morph more and more away from the girls they used to be and into creatures hell bent on survival. There's only a few rules, don't leave the quarantine and don't ask too many questions. I went into this book not realizing exactly what the premise was and man was I surprised to open on mutations, gore, and some serious violence. I didn't expect this novel but I didn't dislike it, either. I think that Rory is a great writer, I loved the setting, the vibe of the story, and the characters that we meet but the plot fell apart a little bit for me. Overall, the storyline was one of friendship, dedication, and the lengths we go to for those we love and to survive. It took some strange turns throughout, but I could get behind the general theme/message. I'd also like to point out that we have some queer characters, which I love as well as some found family and intense friend group dynamics. I really enjoyed both of those, even if they were toxic at times. I still think that for those who think they can handle the subject matter, it was a good read.TW: self-harm, suicide, gore, violence, murder, death of a loved one, mutations and experimentation. In other words, use care when reading, this is an intense world and nothing comes without bloodshed.
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  • Jade Melody
    January 1, 1970
    Received an arc from Net Galley for an honest review.Expected Release: July 9th 2019 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐This book had so much potential. I heard it was supposedly a Lord of the Flies retelling and when I read that sophomore year of high school I loved it, but I didn't think that this book even came close to that one. **This link will provide the list of Trigger Warnings as mentioned by the authorhttps://itsrorypower.com/wilder-girls/ ** Summary It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School Received an arc from Net Galley for an honest review.Expected Release: July 9th 2019 Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️This book had so much potential. I heard it was supposedly a Lord of the Flies retelling and when I read that sophomore year of high school I loved it, but I didn't think that this book even came close to that one. **This link will provide the list of Trigger Warnings as mentioned by the authorhttps://itsrorypower.com/wilder-girls/ ** Summary 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 synopsis and cover really had me intrigued about what this book would end up being. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, but I'm not sure the story quite lives up to it. Don't get me wrong, I did like the story because it was unique to most of the things I've read recently, but when it comes to being labeled as a Lord of the Flies retelling, I expected more. I understand that in a way it was a retelling but my expectations might have been set too high by the original. I found this book grasping my full attention because I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen and what the Tox was. And I was disappointed with the end result. However, the hype leading up to it was gripping; The flare ups and when Byatt goes missing, ooh I was intrigued. Something I didn't fully expect but enjoyed was the alternating perspectives once Byatt went missing because we weren't completely in the dark even though Hetty was. The one thing I did find similar to Lord of the Flies was the increasing amount of subtle chaos as the story progressed. I also enjoyed the friendships throughout this story. Not just the main characters but the detail in mentioning that the other girls had groups and that nobody was really alone. I don't know why but that provided me with some comfort. When it came to the main characters, I really did enjoy their friendship and how we learned pieces about how it came to be and tiny bits about each girls background. I do think the part where things almost(?) turned romantic was kind of strange. It didn't really fit for me compared to the rest of the story. I do enjoy the LGBTQ+ rep but I think in this books case, the hint of romance only made me more confused for the rest of the book. I kept wondering if they were even still romantic or if they just let that one encounter go and moved forward as friends? Maybe that was something I missed somewhere in the story but still. Next is the end result. (view spoiler)[ There were a lot of turns and they all seemed really fast and there with some with little explanation. Starting from the last boat shift is when everything truly went downhill and fast. But the one thing that really bothered me was the research people giving up. There wasn't really an explanation for them giving up on a cure for the Tox other than someone breaking quarantine. Is that really enough to give up on all the research already done? It just doesn't make sense how that one little part will make you throw away everything you've already done. It also could've been because of Teddy, but that was his own fault in my opinion. Then all the sudden Reese and Hetty escape and leave everyone else behind to be bombed essentially? This whole part happened so fast to me it was hard to keep up. Then all of the sudden they are on the island where Byatt is and they find the place and then her but she's dead and they have to hurry her back to the boat before they also get bombed. Like it was all so fast. Then it ended with them on the boat with no resolve. It left me wanting a lot more than I got. (hide spoiler)]But just because I wasn't fully satisfied with this book doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it or think it was decent. I would recommend it.
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  • Joan He
    January 1, 1970
    I've been trying to pick a favorite quote for this one for a while but let's be real: every line in this book is beautiful, but not in the way that you would think. The writing doesn't TRY. It breathes, tugs you along while slowly vining around you, and then BAM! It murders you with something so terribly real, emotional, or just downright horrible, and you can't look away. This is the kind of story, characters, and atmosphere that will seep into your brain and stay with you long after you finish I've been trying to pick a favorite quote for this one for a while but let's be real: every line in this book is beautiful, but not in the way that you would think. The writing doesn't TRY. It breathes, tugs you along while slowly vining around you, and then BAM! It murders you with something so terribly real, emotional, or just downright horrible, and you can't look away. This is the kind of story, characters, and atmosphere that will seep into your brain and stay with you long after you finish. But also like to be completely ineloquent here's a list of things I LOVED:1. girls being girls - fierce, soft, monstrous, sacrificing, and everything in between (and a heart-wrenching f/f relationship I cannot). 2. HETTY MY PRECIOUS please everyone love her and give her a hug3. GROSS things. lots of blood. lots of creepy AF animals and woods and I was here for it4. THE ACTION. I can't remember the last time I read such masterfully executed action scenes5. but also all the quiet moments. This is where the writing shines and you're right there with the girls on the rocks overlooking the sea and there's this incredible sense of place6. SURVIVAL THINGS. HUNGER. STARK DESPERATION7. everything, pretty muchread it and love it and come gush with me
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsCompletely disturbing, bordering (for me) on horror. A group of adolescent girls and two teachers are stuck on an island where they are infected with the Tox, something that causes deformities in the form of abnormal things. The writing is great but the subject matter was not for me as I have a queasy stomach when it comes to gross things. Still a higher rating b/c if this had been my type of novel, I would have loved it. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an ho 3.5 StarsCompletely disturbing, bordering (for me) on horror. A group of adolescent girls and two teachers are stuck on an island where they are infected with the Tox, something that causes deformities in the form of abnormal things. The writing is great but the subject matter was not for me as I have a queasy stomach when it comes to gross things. Still a higher rating b/c if this had been my type of novel, I would have loved it. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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