This is another one of those books that a lot of people on Booktok have been talking about recently and I thought it was about time that I got around to reading it.
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.
Taken from goodreads
So I had high hopes when I first started to read this book as I had heard it is a bit like Lord of the Flies but done better which is always a good thing seeing how bad I found Lord of the Flies to be. However, while yes I do get some sort of that vibe I don’t think you can really compare the two as closely as some people make them out to be.
The characters are a mix bag, some of them have potential to be really enjoyable and could possibly have a reading character arcs, some other start off as boring from the start and the author has just tried to do anything to try and make you like them. The only character I found myself enjoying throughout was Byatt and wanted more from here.
The overall story started off really interesting and did a great job in making me look forward to what the author was going to bring but even though some exciting things were happening I felt like it just wasn’t enough.
For me the ending of the book was what let it down drastically, it felt like to me that it just ended as if the author couldn’t think of anything else to add to the story so just stopped it there.
Overall it is a nice quick read but I did expect it to be a lot better then what we actually got.