We don’t get to choose what hurts us.
The Raxter School for Girls is on an island and for the past few months, they’ve been put on the strictest of quarantines.
There’s something – a disease? creature? magic? – that’s been infecting the girls and surrounding wildlife.
It’s like that, with all of us here. Sick, strange, and we don’t know why. Things bursting out of us, bits missing and pieces sloughing off, and then we harden and smooth over.
The teachers are dying one-by-one, the critters in the forest have become creatures and the remaining girls? Who knows how long they have left.
Some days it’s fine. Others it nearly breaks me.
Hetty’s best friend, Bryatt, goes missing.
Hetty is supposed to assume her friend is dead but quickly learns there’s so much more behind it.
Hetty must decide whether to accept her fate or to breach the gates, break the quarantine and brave the world.
I loved it…and then I hated it. This book was 110% 5 stars until the end.
The beginning hooked me right away. The concept was super unique – the mutations that the girls experienced, the weirdness from the shifting world and the relationships between them were super intriguing and engaging.
The middle really kept that momentum going for me. I was SO into this book. I literally couldn’t put it down.
The imagery was brilliant and the setting was so eerie and creepy-good.
Then we approached the end and it went down (what felt to me like) several very cliche paths that ultimately took away from the quality of the book.
It soured it for me and considering this one seems to be a standalone, I’m frustrated that that will be the final ending.
Ultimately, most of it was stunning…it just didn’t hold all the way through.