Of course this was a cover buy. This art is so dang good, I can’t handle it. But what’s under the cover is so much better, it’s mind blowing.
A year and a half ago, the Raxter School for Girls became a quarantine zone. The whole island was quarantined, as something broke out. The Tox, as they called it, was doing things to everyone inside; both teachers and students.
It killed some. It took pieces of others, and added bits to still others. But the Navy and the CDC said that they would send whatever help they could to get the affected girls back.
Hetty, Byatt, and Reese were all affected by the Tox. Hetty lost an eye to it; one day her eyelids sealed themselves, and she’s had to learn to live with just the one. Byatt has a pointed spine that comes out of her skin, and one of Reese’s hands is more claw than anything else. And to some, they’re the lucky ones.
One day, Byatt has a flare up, and is sent to the infirmary. When Hetty sneaks out to check on her, she’s nowhere to be found. It’s up the Hetty and Reese to figure out what is going on with the Tox and Raxter, and see how to get their friend back.
This was nail-bitingly good. I had read that it was horror, and assumed body horror at first, but the Tox is no joke. It’s an incredibly well written book, and I loved it. While I usually prefer my horrors to be gore filled, this was pretty tame by my standards, but it was still definitely horror and suspense. I absolutely loved reading this book, and I can’t wait to read more from Rory Power.
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