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Wilder Girls MP3 CD – MP3 Audio, 8 October 2019
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- MP3 CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982601980
- Product dimensions : 13.97 x 1.27 x 17.15 cm
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (8 October 2019)
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
Wilder Girls is so sharp and packs so much emotion in such wise ways. I'm convinced we're about to witness the emergence of a major new literary star.-- "Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author"
Stunningly unique and with bold, atmospheric writing...This is a groundbreaking speculative story-brutal and beautiful, raw and unflinching. I adored this book.-- "Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil"
About the Author
Rory Power grew up in the Boston area, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for television adaptation. She received a master's degree in prose fiction from the University of East Anglia, and thinks fondly of her time there, partly because she learned a lot, but mostly because there were a ton of bunnies on campus.
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The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Hetty and Byatt, BFFs with a third friend, Reese, involved in the plot. I had high hopes upon reading the first half, but I think it lost its way in the second half, and the conclusion was a bit of a disappointment. I expected something a bit darker to have been going on and I didn't feel as if enough had been adequately explained. I'm hoping there may be a sequel to go more into what was behind the quarantine.
TW: violence, animal death, sickness, self-harm.
I've had it on my kindle for over a year, and I wasn't sure why I hadn't yet read it, so one day I picked it up, not expecting to be totally grabbed by it...and I didn't surface until I'd finish it. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration as I read it in sections across about a week. But I truly felt like I was never leaving this book every time I paused. I was so caught up in this world, and I felt like I was living in it. I couldn't stop thinking about it.
It's amazing. Even if I was reading about a pandemic during a real global pandemic...
Hetty, Byatt, and Reese are at the Raxter school, an all-girls school, on an island, when the Tox breaks out and they're all in quarantine, unable to leave. The Tox is a brutal illness--and it marks its victims in different ways, if they survive it at all. Hetty lost an eye to it, Byatt's got problems with her spine, and Reese has got a scaled hand. And pretty much every character has some sort of disability from it. And I wasn't expecting the disability rep to be great, I'll be honest--but it really is. As a disabled reader, I was so delighted to see this. All the characters in this book are disabled and badass. I loved it!
And Miss Welch--can we just talk about her for a moment? Her characterisation is wonderful. I was really hating her (spoiler ahead--skip to next paragraph to avoid it!) and then there's that amazing reveal where all her actions that make us hate her suddenly make sense, and we learn who the real villain of the book is.
Talking of great reveals--the way we learn info about what the Tox is and what is really going on on Raxter island is just great.
The writing in this book is incredible. It's almost stream-of-consciousness in places, just sooooo immersive and beautifully written. It's told in dual POV between Hetty and Byatt, and even their narrative voices are so distinct, despite both being written in this immersive way.
And the romance. This is such a great LGBT book with romance between Hetty and Reese (I'll be honest, I didn't see that coming as there's a real closeness between Hetty and Byatt, but it felt so natural.) I think Reese is my fave character though. There's something fierce and prickly about her. She's not as easy to like, and I love that.
The only thing that surprised me about this book is the ending... Like, is there going to be a sequel??? Because the (and another spoiler here!) whole book is about beating the Tox, and that just...doesn't happen. It feels like we've got the set up for at least another book. This one finishes with Hetty and Reese escaping the island, but it doesn't feel like the story's over yet. I really hope there's a sequel.
The book focuses on three main girls: Hetty, Byatt and Reece. They were nothing like I expected, and I loved them more for that. All three of them were ‘flawed’, and who the hell wouldn’t be? I think we can all identify a little right now with being stuck in a quarantine, no idea when it might end, and imagining being stuck away from any communication, information or food? I wouldn’t be worrying about manners. The flaws they faced, one passive, one violent and the last impulsive and dishonest. They’re real, human flaws, and it made me feel like those characters were real. I also loved that their decision making wasn’t based on heroism. At no point were these girls trying to save the world, or their island, or even their fellow students. They were out to save each other, a team that included only Hetty, Byatt and Reece. It felt selfish and true that after all the hell they’ve been through, they would be so defensive. The romance between Hetty and Reece was subtle but lovely, and I liked that it wasn’t prioritised over everything else happening.
The plot was ridiculously engaging. From the start you suspect that something isn’t quite right, but it wasn’t until a good two-thirds of the way through that the book let you put the clues you had together and find the right answer. It made me feel even more connected with the characters, like I was on the island with them and trying furiously to work out who I could trust – and no wonder they decided they could only trust each other.
Wilder Girls follows Hetty, Byatt and Reese, three girls who, along with the rest of their school, are infected with Tox, a disease that causes mutations.
My issue is that the story starts 18 months after infection,so there's no understanding of what caused it. Right at the end there's a throwaway line with the possible origin of the disease, but no suggestion as to why it only affected the island of Raxter.
The characters are ok, I didn't feel really involved with any of them, the story is ok, it reminded me of Gone by Michael Grant. I assume there will be a follow up, but I won't be reading it.