“My other eye’s dead, gone dark in a flare-up. Lid fused shut, something growing underneath. It’s like that with all of us here. Sick, strange, and we don’t know why.”
Wilder Girls was a dark, creepy, bone-chilling, edge of your seat read. I honestly couldn’t get enough; I devoured the first half of the book. It was honestly a real page-turner wondering what exactly happened at the Raxter School for Girls and how the Tox started. I have many mixed emotions writing this review because of how the story ended. Don’t get me wrong still an excellent read, but the ending was really a disappointment for me and not only that, but the climax of the story fell short as well.
The beginning of this book is exceptional. I loved the gory details of how each girl first got the tox and what it did to them, they kept getting weirder and grosser. Hetty the main character lost her eye and the gruesome details was what kept me reading, even when I got queasy. I was super intrigued with what exactly the tox was and trying to figure out how it even happened on an island in the first place. Reading about how these girls used to be prim and proper to now being savages was very interesting and crazy to think about just how far you would let yourself go. Hetty, Byatt, and Reese are like the three amigos, they are a package deal and look out for each other. I appreciated seeing the love they have for one another and risking their lives for each other no matter what.
What I am still dumbfounded over is how I was so utterly captivated by this strange yet wonderful read, but the ending was just bleh. I imagined this crazy, out of this world reason for the tox and was very disappointed. Not just that though, the last 30 or so pages felt so rushed that when the ending came, I didn’t even know. I have so many questions that are left unanswered and I am quite upset about it. Other than the unsatisfactory ending, this was a spectacular read. I would give this 3.5 stars, but I will round up to 4 because I still can’t get it out of my head!