Wilder Girls — Book Review


Rory Power


Young Adult/horror







The Tox infects the girls of a school in different ways. They are in quarantine until the Navy and others find a cure for them. But when Hetty’s friend Byatt goes missing, she begins to break all sorts of rules — and learn that not all is as she thought.


This two star rating is less a reflection of the writing, and more on my own feelings on the work. From the very beginning I wondered if this was going to be the book for me, and now I know it is not. This was most definitely not my thing. I wasn’t particularly interested in any of the book at any time.

It’s like that with all of us here. Sick, strange and we don’t know why.

The writing style was SO LOVELY though. I really enjoyed reading it for that reason alone — it was smooth and it felt full. Power is a clearly talented writer, but the theme of this book just didn’t do it for me. As a concept, I liked it. But in action, I didn’t love it. There was something missing for me from this book…and I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Rules crumbling to dust and fading away, until only the barest bones were left.

The characters themselves felt slightly underdeveloped, and they felt unreal on so many levels, but I did enjoy the brief sapphic relationship in this novel, but that too, felt underdeveloped. Hetty and Reese could have been so interesting, but instead I just felt as lost as them. It felt as if there was supposed to be a plot, and there was, but at the same time I didn’t feel any connection to these characters or the plot.

And I know from the reviews that it is just me. This book definitely wasn’t for me, but I am sure willing to try other books by this author because I truly did love her writing style.

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