Book Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Rating: 4.5/5

I read this book for House Battles and it turned out to be much more than I thought. I was happily surprised!

Book CWs

  • Disease
  • Character Death
  • Animal Death
  • Profanity


Raxter School for Girls, a boarding school located on a remote island, is forced into quarantine after a mysterious disease breaks out, infecting and killing the many living creatures (including humans) that live there.

The government sends the school rations and promises to send a cure once they perfect it. The only thing the girls have to do to ensure this is follow the one basic rule of quarantine: no unauthorized person is allowed outside of the school walls.

When Hetty’s best friend Byatt suddenly goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, including breaking quarantine. It doesn’t take long before Hetty realizes that things may not exactly be what they seem.

Review (No Spoilers)

Wilder Girls is the Slytherin book for House Battles and, being a Slytherin, I felt like I was obligated to read it. I had seen the cover all over instagram and twitter so I knew that it was hyped, I just never really bothered looking into what it was about.

When I read the sleeve summary I was shocked; I had no idea that its premise was so dark! In fact, if I had known the premise beforehand, I probably would have bought this book a lot sooner.

This book exceeded so many of my expectations. For one, it was super tragic but also incredibly riveting. I never imagined that I would get as caught up in reading this story as I did.

I do want to mention that I found the characters to be pretty selfish and unlikeable. I’m sure those of you who have read the book know what I’m talking about–I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t.

I also had a hard time imagining what the people looked like. The disease (the Tox) mutates each girl in a different way so sometimes it was hard to picture a character since I was busy trying to remember what part of them was significantly changed.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Wilder Girls to anyone who is thinking about reading it. I just hope you’re prepared for this book to take you on an emotional roller coaster because that’s exactly what it did to me.

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