On an Island Across the Sea | Wilder Girls | A Review

We’ve made it halfway through 2020 guys, can you believe it?!

I’ve spent the past few days figuring out a TBR list for this month (blog post to go up this weekend) and reading some Netgalley proofs.

Speaking of which…

Today I’m reviewing a 2020 release, Wilder Girls by Rory Power, released February this year.


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.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true. 

Star Rating3.5 Stars

I have to admit, reading a book about a pandemic during a pandemic possibly wasn’t the greatest idea but we’re doing it anyway.

I liked the premise of the story and the cover was also a huge draw. I was also really interested the mystery behind what’s going on at Raxter School for Girls.

The story is told predominately from the point of view of Hetty who tells us more about the school and what’s currently going on before moving on to Byatt’s point of view on the other side and what she’s doing and going through. The story constantly moves between Hetty’s point of view with trying to find Byatt to Byatt and what she’s going through, her thoughts and feelings.

The story can be a tad upsetting sometimes and a bit graphic when it comes to what the Tox is actually doing to the girls – so just warning you before you dive headfirst into the book.

The beginning sets up the story well and then we’re thrusted into a fast-paced story before being left with an open-ended ending – what will happen next?!

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR pile?



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