Friday, February 28, 2020

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

2.5 Stars

I managed to avoid this one for quite some time despite it making the rounds on all the booknerd social media sites. At first it was mainly due to the cover. I know I’m in the minority, but seriously . . . .

Also when it comes to dystopian YA I have kind of been there done that and am aware that it’s not really my wheelhouse. That being said, take my opinion with several grains of salt.

Approximately a year and a half ago a pox – or a Tox, the case was here – fell upon the Raxter School for Girls. Since then, the girls have been undergoing a transformation of sorts. From scales to gills to double spines all kinds of changes have been happening. Since I’m horrible, I could not stop picturing . . . .

But that’s beside the point. The girls have lived in government-ordered quarantine, relying on the Navy to drop off supplies. To say the island has gone wild is an understatement.

That’s enough of a synopsis. This is supposedly about two friends going to find the third member of their trio when she goes missing, but that happens at like the dang near end and even though it's never indicated this was going to be the beginning of a series, it obviously 100% is which made me say . . . .

Good things were no instalove, the Tox itself was briefly explained as well as how it originated and superbadawful things creeping in the woods always bring the potential for edge-of-your-seat good times. Bad things were I did not like any of the three main characters, the aforementioned open ending, it was seriously lacking in terms of action and suspense despite all of the threats beyond the safety of the school fence, and the writing style ranged from trying way too hard to being overly simplistic. 2.5 Stars because it wasn’t terrible by any means, but rounding down because readers need to know that they are not dealing with a standalone.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I did not think at all that it would have a sequel. I thought that ending was them riding off into the sunset, fade to black, one and done.