WILDER GIRLS BY RORY POWER - BOOK REVIEW

To be honest, I wasn't really sure how I'd feel about this book going in... and I've been dragging my heels a little bit to write this review because I'm not sure how I really feel after finishing it.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Wilder Girls by Rory Power. Thanks so much to Indigo Teen for sending me the Indigo Book Box featuring this book, as always, all opinions are my own.


This story follows Hetty, the daughter of a Navy officer who was sent to the Raxter School for Girls, a common drop-off school for naval families. For the past eighteen months, the school - and island it is situated on - has been under quarantine after the spread of the Tox, an unknown pathogen that is causing the girls to change and become something not-so-human. The girls know not to stray beyond the fence that surrounds the school, it keeps them safe and is the rules of the quarantine. However, when Byatt, one of Hetty's best friends, falls ill and disappears, Hetty finds herself on the other side of the fence. She soon realizes that not everything - or everyone - is what they seem.

Now, the most common comparison I've heard about this book - and you've probably heard it too - is that it is a feminist Lord of the Flies. Now, sure, there are a few similarities, its a group of all girls (like the all boys of LotF), they don't have access to the outside world, and they are somewhat dangerous and quickly running out of resources, but I would say that is about where the similarities end. The girls have a few older girls/adult women with them (unlike LotF), while not a lot, the navy is still bringing them supplies and food, and, ultimately, despite being cut off, the chapters that switch to Byatt break any sort of illusion that they are alone out there and the adults aren't a part of the story. Don't get me wrong, the book wasn't bad, it just wasn't a feminist LotF.

Plot-wise, I was just kinda along for the ride. I felt like there wasn't a ton happening in the first half or so until Byatt disappeared, and honestly, there were a few times leading up to that point where I almost put the book down. I didn't find myself super engaged in the story right away, which, to be honest, is never a good sign for me.

While this was allegedly a horror book, there were only a couple of times I was genuinely freaked out - and that's saying a lot because I'm a huge scaredy cat. I felt like the whole Tox this wasn't super well explained, or if it was explained, I guess I just didn't get it.

Overall, this was a decent book but not necessarily one I would rush to re-read.