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It has been eighteen months since the Tox hit the Raxter School for Girls forcing the school to be put under quarantine by the CDC. The Tox began very slowly as one by one of the teachers starting dying. Then it began infecting the students and mutilating their bodies causing deformities. The girls are cut off from the rest of the world and have to fend for themselves against nature and the Tox. They can't leave the island or the school's fence because it will break the quarantine order. While the neighboring woods prove to be wild and dangerous with the wild animals being affected with the Tox. The girls are waiting for the promised cure but, the world around them is starting to close in.
When Byatt goes missing, Hetty will stop at nothing to find her. She is willing to break quarantine and travel into the woods to find her beloved friend. What Hetty finds behind the fences leaves her to question everything she thought she knew. Will Hetty be able to put her fears and worries aside to save her friend?
The novel was an interesting read but, I felt that the writing took away from the novel. Sometimes, I felt I had to re-read sentences to make sure I was understanding the context. However, I love how strong and diverse each of the characters was. Personally, I thought the ending left a bit to desired but, I did enjoy the book.
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