Book Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Wilder Girls

Title: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Pages: 368

Format: hardcover

Genre(s): young adult, horror, fiction

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

Triggers: gore, on-page character death, suicide and suicidal thoughts, parental death, animal death, food scarcity, starvation, chemical gassing, death by chemical gas, non-consensual medical treatment.


  • The concept– what an amazing concept this book had. Finally, something fresh and new and enjoyable. I’m not really one for horror, but this book isn’t just all gore (but trust me there’s plenty of it), but there was a really good structure of a storyline there. You don’t see many books like this these days in YA, so I’m glad it’s a thing, and I hope more authors can maybe run an idea off of this wonderful example.
  • Byatt’s character- When we reached Byatt’s view, I loved it because finally, a character with some evil in her. I mean, I don’t know about you guys, but I caught on to the evil vibe really quickly. I really would want to read a sequel just to see if Byatt is really who I think she is, which is a pure evil mastermind/manipulator.
  • The ‘tox’ effects- So I mean, I liked this and then at times I didn’t. The effects of this disease were weird… but different! If it was just like a normal fever, headache, that kind of stuff, it probably would’ve taken away from the story. But girls have missing eyes, branches coming out of them, black liquids pouring out of their mouth… different, but I’m leaning it towards a good different, I just don’t think it was really explained that well.
  • The COVER- I mean oh my god, look at that lovely cover! It’s stunning! Not only is it stunning, but if you read the book, you even find the meaning behind certain elements in the cover. Just really lovely.
  • The Writing- Although I loved Byatt’s character, during her parts at times the writing was very, very off. Like almost gave me a headache it was so difficult to read.
  • The relationship– The romance between Hetty & Reese was disappointing. It was like one day we hate each other, the next day we’re in love, the same day I save your life but the next day you hate me. It was… rough. I just wish there could have been a lot more romantic tension leading up to it to make it more meaningful. It was almost like Powers’ threw it in there just to see she has a lesbian relationship in there.
  • Predictability– there were a few elements to the story that were supposed to be a surprise to the reader that these things were happening, but I knew them by like page 20. I’m not going to say which things.. but, I mean come on. It was predictable.
  • The Ending– If there’s not a sequel to this I’ll be pissed. I need to know more about the ‘tox’, what the hell happened to Byatt, Hetty & Reese, what’s going on, what’s going to happen to them… I hope she’s writing one right now, although I wouldn’t be surprised if this is how Rory wants it to end. With a million freaking questions and no straight answers whatsoever.
  • The first 100 pages– So the first 1/3 of the book was just information being thrown at me from all directions about this ‘tox’. I wanted to see and learn how it works with my own eyes, not just be told everything!
  • The horror scenes– Now, this is strictly preference. Maybe some of you would love this part, but for me there were times in this book I had to skip over. I mean, I listed all the trigger warnings, it’s brutal at times. Some of these things I can’t even say what happened in this book because honestly, it just shouldn’t be on the internet. I’m sorry but this was a YA book, but some elements were just too much! Maybe some of you will enjoy it, but not I!

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One thought on “Book Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

  1. This is a great review! I read a 30 page sampler of this a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it, but most of the reviews I’ve seen have been on the fence like yours. So I’m a little hesitant to pick it up now lol


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