• Sarah Leonard

"Wilder Girls" Book Review

Updated: Aug 8, 2019

Author: Rory Power

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Rating: 4/5

Wilder Girls by Rory Power is a novel about a group of girls who have been trapped at a boarding school ever since they got infected by a virus that is slowly tearing their bodies apart. When Hetty’s assigned as the new boat girl, going with a group to collect food and supplies for her peers, secrets rise to the surface that change everything.

First off, if you aren’t hooked by the cover of this book, I don’t know what will get you to read it. The content is almost just as amazing, with interesting characters and a just as interesting plot. It’s great for anyone wanting a read featuring an LGBTQ relationship, but that romance is only part of the story. The effects of this virus makes for a very dark read, which, personally, I love. But if you don’t like anything gruesome (could be considered Walking Dead level), I’d maybe put it back on that shelf.

While I like the characters, and I think they are unique in their own ways, there is one thing that gets on my nerves about this story. I hate, hate how stupid these characters are at times. And I don’t buy any of it. A girl who’s a practiced shooter and knows the threats of this island isn’t going to bring only two shells when she plans to face those dangers. She’s not going to shout out hello when she isn’t sure if the person, or creature, there is a threat or not. The author will have the character acknowledge these stupid things, but I don’t buy that they would make these mistakes in the first place. It’s author’s convenience, and I’m not happy about it.

Overall, this book isn’t one that really stands out to me or blows me away, but it isn’t bad. It’s a good read, one I’d recommend. I’m pretty sure there will be a sequel, and I’ll definitely be reading that book too.

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