Review: 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 has been one of the most hyped books of the summer. I was so excited to have gotten an ARC. The synopsis sounded SO GOOD! A YA horror-mystery? I'm in! Once I started reading it, right off the bat I was so confused. There was no explanation about the Tox, about why the girls were stuck on that island in the first place and there were no real introductions to the characters. There was no backstory or world-building. But I gave it a chance with the hope that that would eventually develop throughout the rest of the book. What I ended up with were more questions.
About 40% through, I wanted to give up but I forced myself to read through the rest of it. I couldn't get past how gross this book was - gross in terms of being extremely descriptive with blood, flesh mutations, sicknesses, and diseases. That is also just not my thing and possibly another reason why I was so turned off by it.
The characters - I couldn't even develop any kind of emotional attachment to them. I just didn't care at all. Byatt was better than Hetty though, and although I enjoyed her chapters more, it still wasn't enough to save this book for me.
Overall, Wilder Girls fell short of the high expectations I had. The 1.5 stars are for the concept alone. The rest of the book was a hot, confusing mess.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.