ARC Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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Raxter School for Girls was placed under quarantine a year and a half ago due to The Tox, a sickness that took out most of the staff and students. Hetty, Byatt & Reese have stuck together throughout it all keeping their circle close and fighting for the meager supplies brought back each trip from the docks; but when Hetty moves up in the hierarchy of the girls she starts noticing that things are…off and she has to choose between hiding information from the rest of the girls and saving her best friend Byatt.

Rory Power brings a blend of horror and fantasy to a wild and raw story that’s sure to keep you hypnotized.

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I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

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My Thoughts:

I kept Wilder Girls on my e-shelves for such a long time I almost forgot that I had it. I didn’t expect to finish it in a day but I couldn’t put it down. The chapters are long but Rory’s prose was nothing short of fantastic.

After The Tox occurred at Raxter the girls began having strange side effects to the sickness, Reese somehow formed a metal hand, Hetty lost her eye, and Byatt grew a second spine that formed ridges. Many of the other girls experienced unique but grim effects as well.

When Byatt goes missing Hetty and Reese stop at nothing to get her back even if it means breaking Quarantine and venturing outside the gates where wildlife has grown sick and grotesque. As you read along, Rory spins such a suspenseful and mysterious tale that’s full of Byatt and Hetty’s innermost thoughts past and present while on the island.

It’s definitely a novel that left me guessing because I didn’t know what was going to happen next and I was constantly questioning everything up until the end. There are honestly still many questions that I have so the mystery of the novel was gripping to say the least. It did bother me that the ending wasn’t quite “worth” it at the end but it was still good.

I found myself immersed in the characters thoughts and feelings as I read on and I did like the Sapphic Representation between the girls. (I do adore Prose so that may be an internal bias)They went through a lot of the insecurities and growing pains of girls that got to grow up under “normal circumstances” but with way more dire consequences. This was a total feminist powerhouse because the girls were able to be sensitive, powerful, intelligent, and deadly with no other influences but themselves and I thought that this was great.

If I had to criticize anything it would be that with the way the novel is set up it may be kind of confusing for the reader to get some of the elements and with the open ended ending it might leave some feeling more confused than anything but it was a fantastic character driven story.

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Wrap Up:

I would recommend this story to anyone that enjoys Prose and a suspenseful read. There are a few “gory” parts but it totally adds to the danger and overall feel of the the island. For a debut novel I thought this was a knock out of the park. Everyone needs to add this book to their TBR! I rated it 4.5/5 🌟

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Thank You for Reading!

6 thoughts on “ARC Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power”

  1. […] • Wilder Girls by Rory Power was an ARC I received from NetGalley that I can’t believe I let fly under the radar for so long. It was so beautifully written while being equally suspenseful and creepy. I need everyone to add this to their TBRs. Review Here […]


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