by Rory Power
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‘ is a hard book to categorise. I understand how it fits into the horror genre but would personally also categorise it as dystopian and maybe a little science fiction.
This mesh of genres really makes for an interesting read. There are so many crazy elements to the story and even though I haven’t read ‘Annihilation‘ its definitely gave me the same eerie vibes.
I wasn’t sure if in reading ‘Wilder Girls’ I would end up scared out of my mind. I am someone who is easily scared and usually these kinds of things really freak me out. I was however able to stomach everything within the story.
It was an interesting concept overall to read about. The idea that there is a virus that causes different symptoms in each individual and there are different levels of severity is something that seems totally far fetched, but within the confines of an isolated island school it all seems to make sense.
Overall I enjoyed my time reading ‘Wilder Girls’ as a standalone its a great story that explores a different aspect of the dystopian genre. Its scary enough to give you then effect but not scary enough to scare the living day lights out of me.
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 5/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 5/10
What did you think of ‘Wilder Girls’?