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357 pages, Hardcover
First published July 9, 2019
The Written Review
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The Raxter School for Girls is on an island and for the past few months, they've been put on the strictest of quarantines.
We don't get to choose what hurts us.
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.
Some days it’s fine. Others it nearly breaks me. The emptiness of the horizon, and the hunger in my body, and how will we ever survive this if we can’t survive each other? “We’re gonna make it. Tell me we’re gonna make it.”
There used to be horses, four of them, but early in the first season, we noticed how the Tox was starting to get inside them like it got inside us, how it was pushing their bones through their skin, how it was stretching their bodies until they screamed. So we led them out to the water and shot them.
The Tox didn't just happen to us. It happened to everything.
There's this place in her, somewhere nobody can touch, not me or Reese or anyone. It's just hers, and I don't even know what it is, really, just that it's there, and that she takes it with her when she goes.
I think I have been a problem all my life. Here I am where problems go. First Raxter and now here, and I have always been heading here, haven't I, haven't I. Too bright and too bored and something missing, or perhaps something too much there.
A wilderness in everyone, like the one I've always felt in me. Only real this time. In my body, and not just in my head.