Genre: Horror fiction, YA, futuristic, dystopian, LGBTQ+
Key Stage: KS4 (contains graphic violence and horror/gore, suicidal ideation)
Rating: ★★★ ★ and a half
Wilder Girls, Rory Power (2019)
“They told us to wait and stay alive.” It’s been a year since the Tox hit Raxter Island. Barricaded and quarantined inside their school, all the girls have changed. Lost parts, grew parts, and hardened over. Some have died, others survived. The Tox- the deadly disease that spread through Raxter- changes everyone in different, yet similar ways. Some are covered in boils that never fade. Some grow second spines and hearts.
One thing they share, is that all of them will do anything, anything to survive.
Bold and brave, this book is absolutely smashing. It has that feeling of horror (plenty of blood/gore- but not in the creepy kind of horror), but is also just so warm and proud, full of the power of female friendships and love. The descriptions are really vivid and expressive, and so are the characters- and how the ‘villain’ is not what she seems, really shook me. Definitely on my list of best books this year; and I’m hoping for a sequel to this amazing novel.
Reviewer: Muslimah Mirzababaeva, Year 7