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 started reading this book without really knowing what it is about but when I started and got into the book I couldn't believe how fitting this was for the time that we are in right now and how we are all in Quarantine in fear of an infection so it felt really relevant.
The book is classed as a Horror and it definitely has horror aspects but it wasn't too scary just maybe a little bit gross. There is lots and lots of Death at the hands of the Tox which has taken over the island and made the girls very poorly.
I liked the characters because they are really not that likeable to be honest but their relationships and emotions are complicated and explained really well. I loved that the Tox effected each girl differently and that nobody really knows what it is. It was refreshing to read a YA where romance isn't a major part of the story and that the author isn't afraid to kill characters off.
The only real negative for me was the ending. I think i would of liked this book to be all wrapped up and done at the end of the book and the action started a new phase really close to the end of the story and then we are left with a cliff hanger. I normally don't mind a cliff hanger but I feel like this one was a bit unnecessary, I would be interested to see where the story goes though and I could be wrong it might really be worth it.
Another point to make is how beautiful this cover is.
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