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Good Reads Challenge Book Review: Wilder Girls

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“We don’t get to choose what hurts us.”
– Wilder Girls

It’s Friday! Are you excited about the weekend?  I hope you’re doing well, taking care of your body as well as your mind, drinking plenty of water, and checking in with friends and family.

I’ve hitched a ride on the book-readers express train, and I’m rolling through the titles.  I’ve finished 3 books in the past 3 weeks, and now I’m trying to play catch-up writing the reviews.

This current title wasn’t even in my 2023 Challenge but on a general list. So when I searched through Libby (check out the app) and saw that it was available, I jumped on it.  This audiobook took about two days to finish.  And so It goes.

The Review

Title | Wilder Girls
| Rory Power
Pages | 357
Published  | July 2019
Genre | Horror, YA, SciFi, LGBT
GR Rating | 3.47
Purchase | Amazon


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 her.

My Rating & Review  (☆☆☆.75)

Picture this, a pseudo-post-apocalyptic world where the enemy is not called a virus but “the tox.” And rather than focusing on the entire world, let’s set this at Raxter’s School for Girls.

Teachers died first, then the students’ bodies began to mutate, resulting in girls having two hearts, blindness, a 2nd spine, coughing up bone, a speaking voice that makes your ears bleed, and gills and scales, just to name a few. Not only is this affecting humans but animals and other wildlife, as well as plants and foliage.

from Wildern Girls
“I think I’d been looking for it all my life, a storm in my body to match the one in my head.”

Of course, we realize that “the tox” is no accident. Created by the Military purposefully to see how humans react to this toxin in different environments. The bigger question is, why are people expendable?  Why are we always trying to create the “super-human” resistant to all things?  (Come on, you know why) To go to war.

from Wilder Girls
“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?

This is also a story about 3 friends that have boned since the school has been crippled by “the tox.” It’s a story about survival and what you would do to save your fellow classmates and friends. They are trained to kill, forage, and do whatever it takes to survive, hoping for a cure in an uncertain world.

from Wilder Girls
“There’s no room to feel bad. If I feel that, I have to feel everything else.”

I really enjoyed this quick read, and I always have at least 2-3 YA novels sprinkled into my Good Reads challenge.  So far, I’ve finished this book (Wilder Girls), The Verifiers and the Silent Patient.  I’m currently reading The Exorcist Legacy: 50 Years of Fear (courtesy of NetGalley) Slash-Her, and In a Dark Dark Wood.

My Good Reads Progress

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