Wild by Alex Mallory Author: Alex Mallory
Published: July 8th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Contemporary, Retelling, Young Adult
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The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving— that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger…

Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?

A YA Tarzan retelling.


I’ll start by putting this little tidbit out in the open: I don’t like Tarzan. Yes, yes, I can hear the collective gasp from miles away, but its’ true, I don’t like it. Not even the Disney version convinced me. The reason why I read Wild by Alex Mallory was simply because it was available to me. I know very shallow reason but please accept it. But that aside, it was…decent. This is one of those not unusual occasions where I usually state how I don’t exactly hate it but neither did I like it. And maybe I find most of my time reading the book quite…boring? But not really that extremely boring because I did finish the book!

So this kid, Cade was raised in the wild. When he was a child his parents forbid him to mingle with people, telling the young Cade that they will hurt him and might infect him. They said they were dying and they were the only ones who were safe from harm. But until he saw people, lively, very different to what he was told. He realized that his mother lied to him.

So how should I put this, well, the story was expanded in a way that impaired the story. I think there were quite events there that felt redundant or evasive because I know there something behind what Cade was brought up to and I knew what could it be but instead it was kind of sidetracking me, still trying to go all murky on me. It did feel that way to me. I don’t know maybe because I’m that type of reader that if I know what the jig really is and the story still try to elaborate it even further, it lessens the fun to me. That, and I wasn’t really that invested to anyone in the story. Ok, not entirely true, I’m maybe a bit interested on the honchos behind Cade’s upbringing.

For most parts, the romance was ok-ish. Dara is Jane to Cade’s Tarzan…did I get the analogy right? Whatever, and anyway, I don’t wanna dwell with them anymore, and to be blunt, it was the weakest aspect of the story. Oh yeah, there was a love triangle. But was it really a love triangle? Oh right, I’m not going to elaborate. So all in all it wasn’t really that great and two, among few reasons that drove me further was why his parent lied to him (as well as his parent’s identity) and even though I guessed the whys (and perhaps the who’s), it still left a decent amount of impact to me—like tiny but cute sparkles. So here are my two stars rating. That’s pretty much I can give, from what I think its worth.

Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote:After all the messy half truth, he looked forward to some nice, concrete facts.”


12 Responses to Wild

  1. Oh, wow, Tarzan? That’s interesting. Sad to hear that the book is quite boring, but atleast you get to experience those cute sparkles! And you get to finish it. 😀 Does Cade has a long hair like Tarzan? 😮 Great review, Mitchi!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It was so boring, quite surprised I finished it. Maybe I have to take back the ‘cute’ description, because now I don’t feel that it was.

  2. YOU’RE NOT ALONE. I don’t like Tarzan either. I mean, I don’t hate him, but the movie isn’t that great and the latest one that’s coming out (or has it been released already? Can’t remember) looks like a joke, lol. That was why I didn’t download this when I had the chance, and I’m so glad now I didn’t.

    I’m happy that the book wasn’t all that bad, but eugh, sucky romance and a love triangle? No, thanks. And eh, I get what you mean about a story being expanded too much. For me it also takes away my interest because it’s like the author is trying to add depth where there isn’t supposed to be any.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like Tarzan, no offense to the king of the jungle, haha. Sadly, any development was really felt like one for me.

  3. Yeah, this is probably the third review of this book in a row that wasn’t happy with this book. I read somewhere that the characters (Dara, especially) make a lot of stupid decisions and say a lot of stupid things at the wrong moments. That’s not my kinda read to be honest, and I’m known for having very little patience for stuff like this, so I’ll probably be avoiding this one to avoid ranting. Here’s to hoping your next book is better, my dear!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  4. Zoe N. says:

    I’ve heard some definite mixed reviews on this one, so I’m glad to hear you liked it, despite the pacing being a bit off at times. I’ll definitely have to consider giving it a try because it does sound like an interesting premise! Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  5. Sarah Palo says:

    Ouch. We all come across books that leave us pretty meh emotions. I can really see that in your review and I’m not a fan of Tarzan as well. Thank you for your honest review! 🙂

  6. I am not a fan of Tarzan either, and retelling it can only go one way. I am not surprised that you didn’t enjoy the book much since you already know where it goes in the end, so adding fillers just made it a more tedious read.

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