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.
This is such a hard review for me to write. Because I loved a lot of the book. I really enjoyed the concept and the suspense, and the relationships were interesting.
But the ending really left me adrift. The main character I got on with but there were lots of back details that never got fleshed out for me, and I wasn’t sure why they were included. They felt like red herrings but ones that weren’t really related to the story? I don’t know.
The main story of being trapped on the island and the outbreak was fascinating. As was the way the Pox worked. Terrifying and well thought out. As it goes on, the way this has worked through the time they’ve been quarantined becomes clear and even more intriguing.
However the enjoyment of all that really was dampened by the ending which didn’t really give me the resolution I wanted. That’s why I’m only giving it 3.5 stars instead of 4. I just needed a few chapters more!
Buy Wilder Girls from Amazon UK.