Hello my fellow little munchkins! How are you all doing? I am doing well! I have started The Bookie Trials and have read 2 books already. I decided last minute that instead of doing the standard 5 book challenge that I will be doing the whole entire map. But it’s really going to be hard to find a book that tops this book for the rest of the year for me. Sadly, I have to go do some studying for my astronomy class because we have out first test tomorrow!
Anyways, why don’t we get into this review already?
Author: Rory Power
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publishing Date: July 9th, 2019
Description according to Goodreads, ” 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.”
I AM LITERAL TRASH FOR THIS BOOK. I DIDN’T THINK THAT I WAS GOING TO LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DID AND IT IS DEFINITELY MY TOP READ OF THIS YEAR AND MOST ANTICIPATED.
There are three main characters in the book Byatt, Hetty and Resse. It is told through two perspectives which is Byatt and Hetty throughout the entire book. The book deifntally is based on friendship, family and relationships however it turned it all around in the best way possible with it being a horror book. Not making it all mushy but making the reader nervous if something was going to happen to one of the characters.
We build on top of one conflict to another until we get to the ultimate problem that the characters are facing in the book making the anticipation of what was to happen that much scarier. Really though the scariest part was how everything was described in such acute and precise detail making the reader squirm in both disgust and horror as you turn the page.
While we are on the talk of romantic relationships we have SOO MUCH F/F REPRESENTATION IN THIS BOOK IT WARMS MY QUEER HEART SO MUCH JUST REMEMBERING IT!
The pacing of the book was a little weird for me in the beginning because it was half a new world and half a different wold due to the book being set on a post-apocalyptic type of island. Yet, when I finished the like first chapter and a half it really started to make much more sense just due to gathering knowledge about everything and for the book actually picking up in pace to match the plot.
OH YEAH THE PLOT! FIRST OF ALL IF THE SUMMARY ABOVE DIDN’T SELL IT THEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE? JUST PRE-ORDER IT ALREADY!
Really though just pre-order it! It is a brutal book so be prepared for gore and details you would only expect to come out of SAW movies. Especially for all of these characters being teenagers for the majority they fight their butts off to save themselves but also their friends. Also the way the author depicts the effects that mental health has on people in general is truly amazing as it shows it in the form as the villain in the book which harms the main characters and everyone else on the island near the Raxter School for Girls both physically, mentally and in a way emotionally.
The writing in this book is very unique, not my usual taste but I LOVED it for this book. This book is also told in first person point of view so please keep that mind if you decide to read it
Oh, by the way if the book really does have an almost sense of relating back to global warming which is really cool in my opinion and just thought you all should know that.
5/5 STARS ALL THE WAY MORE LIKE 73812751203873/5 STARS
Graphic violence and body horror. Gore.
On the page character death, parental death, and animal death, though the animals are not pets.
Behavior and descriptive language akin to self harm, and references to such.
Food scarcity and starvation. Emesis.
A scene depicting chemical gassing.
Suicide and suicidal ideation.
Non-consensual medical treatment.
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According to Goodreads, “ Rory Power grew up in New England, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for TV adaptation. She received a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, and thinks fondly of her time there, partially because she learned a lot but mostly because there were a ton of bunnies on campus.
She is represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein and Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management.”
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