Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls

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"Celebrates the resilience of girls and the earthshaking power of their friendships. An eerie, unforgettable triumph." --Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn

" Wilder Girls is so sharp and packs so much emotion in such wise ways. I'm convinced we're about to witness the emergence of a major new literary star." --Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author of Annihilation

A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. This fresh, new debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you've read before.

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.


"Fresh and horrible and beautiful....readers will be consumed and altered by Wilder Girls ." - NPR

"This thrilling saga...is sure to be one of the season's most talked-about books, in any genre." -- EW

"The perfect kind of story for our current era." -- Hypable

"Take Annihilation , add a dash of Contagion , set it at an all-girls' academy, and you'll arrive at Rory Power's occasionally shocking and always gripping Wilder Girls ." -- Refinery29
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525645580
Branch Call Number: YA POWER R
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 22 cm


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DCLteens Oct 11, 2019

A Must-Read YA staff pick. This fresh debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you've read before! A feminist "Lord of the Flies" about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears.

Sep 21, 2019

I've never read anything that can be classified as horror before- so this was new! But in saying that, I really did enjoy it.
There were a couple parts where I had to stop reading because the writing was very descriptive and gory and I simply needed a little bit of time to pause and then I would be able to continue.
I really liked the characters and I found the premise of the story to be really interesting! It's defiantly an unique read and one I would recommend if someone expressed that they enjoy reading the horror genre. The book defiantly ends with the idea that a sequel will be written and it has me super excited to read the next one and find out what happens to the characters!
All in all, I really enjoyed the book!

Sep 09, 2019

Perfect. I loved it. It’s definitely not for everyone though.

Aug 21, 2019

Love love love! This is the best book I've read in a long time. It's written so well and there are more plot twists than I can count. Read this book, you won't regret it!

JCLTiffanyR Aug 18, 2019

A lushly told feminist, LGBT+ horror novel. Horror isn't my favorite genre, but I can see fans really loving this debut novel by Rory Power. The brand of horror is more ghoulish and sinister that jump out of your seat frightening. A girl's preparatory school in Maine is put in quarantine when girl's start dying or slowly turning into entities that are more than human (gills, webbed hands, second vertebrae).

Aug 18, 2019

With climate change, the melting of the ice caps, prehistoric ancient things coming awake, “a parasite slowly reaching into the weakest things until it was strong enough to reach into us....”

This is labeled a YA novel but labels are just labels, and this is a great story for all ages. The author develops a good scenario of a contagion, of being left to survive as best as possible, quarantined on an island. The characters devotion to each other is constantly being tested as events turn horrific and hope runs out! Author includes some great twists and turns near the end and the descriptions of disruptive changes that occurs to the girls makes for a disturbing story.

Aug 12, 2019

"Dis-satisfying" is a good word to use in describing this book. Pointless would be another.

When I turn the page, only to discover the novel has ended and there is no more...I think...ah, another book that is reminiscent of the Saturday matinees of old....come back next week to see what's happened.

This is one book I won't bother looking for a sequel.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 25, 2019

This is getting a lot of buzz, and I think it deserves it, but I do have to state right off the bat that I am not the target audience for this. I was drawn in by the Maine island setting and the feminism, but this is so, so creepy and unsettling that I think it's a better bet for fans of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and (most of all) horror, because my main reaction to a lot that happened in this book was: ewwww. It is undeniaby incredibly well-written and fast-paced and, most of all, memorable. I never want to read it again; I found the ending extra-unsettling and vaguely dissatisfying; and I haven't ever read anything quite like it. I know there are so many readers who are going to love this so, so much, because even though I'm not quite the right reader for it, I still found it really impressive.

JCLEmmaF Jul 25, 2019

If you watched Stranger Things or another show such as Between, The Silence, The Rain, or some other "we are teenagers trapped in a beautiful godforsaken plot of land with a mysterious disease" this book is yours. Conveniently, these shows, echoing apocalypse and featuring girls with guns, are my favorite. It's real... good. Creepy and violent and a tiny tiny bit gay and outdoorsy. That's all I have to say.

Jul 22, 2019

Picked up this YA book because it was being described as a female Lord of the Flies. Although I liked it enough to finish it, it did not live up to The Lord of the Flies comparison. This is a combination of dystopian, medical mystery, and horror. The 3 main girls have a strange love/hate friendship dynamic that didn’t let me really feel close to any of them. The disappointing ending leaves a lot of things up in the air as if a sequel is planned, but from what I gather on Goodreads this is a standalone. The target audience of teen girls may like it more than this middle-age Mom did.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Graphic scenes detailing character death, and self harm.


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“She’s never liked us much, not since she complained that there were no boys on the island, and Reese gave her the blankest look I’ve ever seen and said, “Plenty of girls, though.” ― Rory Power, Wilder Girls


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