did somebody say feminist horror cause there goes my money outta the window as I drool all over this coveralso just in this book is hella gay 3 3.5 STARSIt s like that, with all of us here Sick, strange, and we don t know why Things bursting out of us, bits missing and pieces sloughing off, and then we harden and smooth over I can see why Rory Power s debut novel Wilder Girls is getting serious buzz it s not just a pretty cover, as it contains an excellent writing style that wavers between flowery prose and captivating horror In terms of idea and compulsive page turning, this book deserves all of the stars, but I did find a few points worth mentioning, in case your expectations are not in the right place, as mine clearly were not All of my criticisms are purely personal preference, so please do not put too much weight in them and instead, use them to decide whether this might be the right book for you.Friends, I cannot express how much I love the idea behind this story The feminist YA dystopian theme is taking the world by storm right now, and it s definitely my favorite genre at the moment We are being blessed with so many unique, inspiring allegories that my heart can hardly handle it, and the author has clearly put her heart, soul, and bottomless well of love and emotion for all females into this novel I cannot applaud her highly enough for accomplishing such a feat as clearly and intelligently expressing her message in a way that is available to any reader to comprehend Insert standing ovation.The plot is relatively straight forward we re dropped into the setting of Raxter School for Girls, which is off the coast of Maine, roughly 2 years after the Tox has set in The Tox is an infection that has swept over every living thing on the island, and therefore all inhabitants of said island are quarantined while the CDC and U.S Navy are trying to figure out a cure This Tox manifests symptoms in a different way for each person, and the flare ups typically come as the seasons change Sounds excellent, right It is, but I think the execution of this story is what hindered my full enjoyment, as I was expecting something entirely different.While I was expecting a brief intro, followed by some action, sleuthing, and major revelations, what I got was along the lines of a significant info dump in the first 35% of the novel, followed by repetitive scenes of introspection, and under developed sapphic plot lines Let me explain I was hoping for a sense of showing rather than telling when it came to the explanation and revelations involving the Tox, but what we get is the first third of the book filling us in on what the characters know so far about the disease It s not necessarily a flaw, but I did feel like I was reading a really long prologue waiting for the story to begin, rather than being filled in with pieces throughout the story There are some really great action scenes, terrifying revelations, and creative plot devices used in this story, but they were overshadowed by multiple scenes of teenage bickering, and perhaps this is where I need to state that I am NOT the intended target audience, and this may be the very type of thing that teens enjoy reading these days Also, and again to my fault, I somehow had gotten the impression that this book would be featuring a prominent lesbian relationship, and there are a few it is an island full of only females, after all , but this also felt chalked up to untapped potential by focusing mostly on the we re dating today, 12 hours later we re broken up instead of building a swoon worthy romance with relevant conflict.This sounds mostly negative, and I truly don t mean for it to, because I did overall enjoy this and count anything 3 stars and up as a positive reading experience, but I just needed to take a moment to place all my thoughts here and sort through them over the next few days Other reviewers have touched on this, so I feel that I should as well, but the ending leaves much to be desired I m not sure if this is a setup for a future series, as there are many, MANY major questions left unanswered, but perhaps what I failed to realize in my reading is that, the point isn t about the who what when where why hows surrounding the Tox and what comes next, but simply around the allegories to female struggles today If so, I highly respect and appreciate what Power has done here, and based on her talented, thoughtful, and unique debut, I would be honored to read another book written by herMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley. sapphic horror is my new favorite genrethis is probably one of my favorite covers of the year and I am so happy to say that the inside is just as amazing this honestly ended up being a weird combination of everything i love in stories it is a feminist lord of the flies following 3 friends who are under quarantine at a boarding school when one of the friends goes missing it becomes a race to find her and figure out what the hell is happening on this island and uncover the secrets being kept from them this also has a really great f f relationship that I died over as for the horror elements this isn t jump scare horror but makes your skin crawl with some of the creepy elements, which I personally loved I would say if you liked the movie Annihilation then you will love this if you would like to take a look at the content warnings the author has kindly shared them on her website this was one of the unique YA books I ve read recently and I loved how it didn t shy away from the brutality of what was happening there was also a cool stylistic choice with the writing that I think worked really well and added to the creepy vibe. NOW AVAILABLE Some days it s fine Others it nearly breaks me The emptiness of the horizon, and the hunger in my body, and how will we ever survive this if we can t survive each other We re gonna make it Tell me we re gonna make it so much about this book is so good the synopsis the premise the chillsiness it delivers the characters the tantalizing dislocation of WHAT IS THIS THAT IS HAPPENING the dread and unease the tension that goddamn cover.i did not love it unconditionally, but what i did love i loved HARD.set on an island isolated girls school in maine, the reader is dropped instantly into an atmosphere of extreme and horrific circumstances what was once a fully functioning, fully populated school has been diminished by a mysterious affliction known as the tox, wiping out all but two of the teachers and most of the students, with terrible consequences for the ones who managed to stay alive.the school is located off the coast of a naval base, who have ordered the island quarantined and promised that the CDC is working on a cure meanwhile, the navy has been providing supplies by way of boat drop offs collected by the few girls allowed to travel beyond the walled off school grounds, but the quantity and quality of the supplies have worsened the longer the situation continues, the packages themselves oddly composed Even when there s no bread, there s always shampoo, and the girls are all but starving as they cluster together in the school, functioning in a mostly cooperative free for all setup, awaiting the next outbreak.and the outbreaks are intense They cycle in seasons, each one worse than before until we can t bear it any, and, if the girls survive, they are left each time with a different physical reminder of their ordeal glowing hair, silver scales, or with monstrously disfiguring body horror manifestations bones protruding through the skin, eyes fused shut, with something growing underneath It s like that, with all of us here Sick, strange, and we don t know why Things bursting out of us, bits missing and pieces sloughing off, and then we harden and smooth over.the patterned timing of the flare ups, the age of the victims, the ceremonial rite of passage way they acknowledge a girl s first episode gives it a very OUR CHANGING BODIES vibe, and girls know all too well the bloody body horror transformations of puberty even without something like the tox, but this goes beyond allegory, the girls keep on dying, and it s unclear whether the root cause is illness, toxin, biological agent, etc, but it s one that has also affected the local wildlife, causing forest dwellers like foxen, bears, and bobcats to be a little bigger, aggressive and desperately hungry, as misshapen as the humans There used to be horses, four of them, but early in the first season, we noticed how the Tox was starting to get inside them like it got inside us, how it was pushing their bones through their skin, how it was stretching their bodies until they screamed So we led them out to the water and shot them.so far, it is everything i love and all the best parts of Lord of the Flies, The Village, Pure survival in a dangerous landscape, mysterious and terrifying illness, giant freaking animals, teen girls with guns and shifting loyalties and EXOSKELETONS and important decisions to make about trust and love and loyalty and how and when to play your cards and all of the seeeeeekrits that go with the us v them situation of limited resources and even limited information and not knowing what s really going on out there i love the characters, the switching POVs, the escalating tensions and the bold authorial moves but then that ending that s no way to say good bye i assume it s a case of where they re interested in a follow up book but want to see how this debut sells before committing to a follow up, but i m not in love with where the book cuts off the final scene works as a final scene and an appropriate ending mood, but there s too much left unresolved before that sunlit water for credits to roll over ambiguous optimism i was expecting a standalone book, and this feels unfinished i loved it until then, but unfortunately, that s how books work the last thing you read feel is what looms largest in your mind, and for me, it was a quiet disappointment everything else, though, thumbs up now gimmie a second book that ending review to come I DON T KNOW IF YOU UNDERSTAND HOW BADLY I WANT THIScome to my blog another debut feminist dystopia, another underwhelmed jessica seems pretty on brand for me at the moment, unfortunately and this is probably going to be the worst review ive ever written because i cant even put into words why this didnt quite work for me it wasnt a horrible reading experience i was focused and finished it so im gonna chalk it up to me not being in the right mood for this, because i cant really find anything super negative about it i just didnt experience the emotions i think i was supposed to for this kind of story.i think this was probably awrong book at the wrong timekind of situation for me i need to learn, that when this happens, to set the book aside and come back to it, rather than push though and give it a mediocre rating review not really fair regardless, im happy to see that this is getting so much hype and praise from others 3 stars Because this cover is freaking everything Holy Sh t Snacks I need answers right now Where is book two geez I just finish this book and need another one I mean there has to be another one because of that ending So, this is told through two POV s Hetty Byatt But there they have another best friend Reese who is very prominent in the book All of these girls live at the Raxter School For Girls The school is on an island but it seems to be a fairly big island unless I missed something while reading so fast to get to the next page The island has every type of wild animal on it as well and yes, that s a thing in this book The book doesn t lead up to the Quarantine, we learn about that in bits and pieces through out the book As you can read from the summary, there is a disease virus whatever called Tox Teachers and some of the girls have been killed by it But there are those that have just been changed by it What the hell is it I know some of what it is but I m not telling you It makes me squirm though There are certain groups of girls that are picked to be on a team to go out and get supply boxes that are dropped for the girls from some peeps You know, clothes, food, medicine, etc But there are some really weird things going on Now I haven t read the book ANNIHILATION but I have seen the movie and it does remind me a bit of that movie One day something happens to Byatt and she suddenly disappears from medical She s just gone So Hetty sets out on a mission to find her along with Reese and they find some really messed up stuff There are a lot of bad things that happen to the girls in the school, but I will leave that for you to read about Also, I have already pre ordered this book Thank you to Netgalley for a digital copy of the book for review MY BLOG 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 HerIt 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 EverythingBut 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 To Their Story, To Their Life At Raxter, Than She Could Have Ever Thought True Imagine how this cover would look in a hardcover copyliterally chills This sounds so freaking weird and awesome Also, cover Not gonna lie.
Rory Power grew up in New England, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for TV adaptation She received a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, and thinks fondly of her time there, partially because she learned a lot but mostly because there were a ton of bunnies on campus She is represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens Rubinstein an
- 368 pages
- Wilder Girls
- Rory Power
- 06 March 2019 Rory Power