A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
"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.
4 STARRED REVIEWS!
"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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This may be Rory Power’s debut, but we’re sure you’ll be hearing her name for a long time. Wilder Girls is a twisted YA novel about isolation and environmental catastrophe, with hints of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go—extremely creepy boarding-school parallel, anyone? This isn’t just sometimes-people-you-trust-fail-you territory, but entire systems failing scores of teens at an all-girls school. We loved seeing protagonist Hetty take matters into her own hands. Intense and gritty, Wilder Girls is essential for readers of any age.
Electric prose, compelling relationships, and visceral horror illuminate Power's incisive debut about a group of young women under quarantine. A year and a half earlier, the Tox spread through Raxter Island off the coast of Maine, corrupting its inhabitants flora and fauna alike. At the Raxter School for Girls, the Tox continues to mutate the students in cyclical flare-ups and has killed all the teachers but two. Now, the remaining girls, including friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reese, 16, survive on meager rations, adapt to alarming physical changes, and wait in radio silence for a promised cure. When Hetty is selected for Boat Shift, the only chance to venture beyond the school's fences, she is exposed to secrets that tug at the seams of her understanding. And after Byatt disappears, Hetty sets into motion a series of events that will rend Raxter's careful framework from its bones. Abrupt perspective shifts sometimes disrupt the action, and the finer details of the Tox are left a bit vague even as graphic violence permeates the fast-paced story. Still, the tale's environmental and feminist themes are resonant, particularly the immeasurable costs of experimentation on female bodies, and the power of female solidarity and resilience amid ecological and political turmoil. Ages 14 up.
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This is an incredibly unique book. I hate that word but it's true. It's not like any other book I've read. Some may say it's dry, but I think it encapsulates the main character's emotions and feelings perfectly. As for the ending, it wasn't really conclusive about anything, but I think it fits and it's part of the charm. I read this book in 2 days because I really couldn't put it down. The subtle hints of romance but not making it the main point was appreciated as well. It was done in a way that didn't feel forced or underdone at all. I would definitely recommend this book.
Literally just ends, you find out nothing. All this mystery and then nothing.
Solid read but incredibly difficult to get through
I liked the atmosphere and setting BUT the writing can be dry at times. It pulls you in but you'll easily lose interest... Why? I didn't feel for any of these characters. I didn't feel anything else at all except boredom. Also, this is more like "Annihilation" than "Lord of the Flies" and if that's your thing, then this is probably the book for you.