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Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls

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Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525645580
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 22 cm


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Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island.

Meagan L.: "A feminist, dystopian horror-mystery filled with tough female characters and expressive prose that will make your skin crawl. Described as a female 'Lord of the Flies' meets 'Annihilation,' this body-horror isn’t for the faint of heart. I love the complex but often tender relatio... Read More »

Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island.

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Jun 01, 2021

The point(s) of view were mysterious. The reader doesn't have a lot of information sometimes, and in a way that was refreshing due to the saturation of "I'm the chosen one and everything revolves around me" in YA sci-fi/fantasy. I'm satisfied enough with the pacing - however, I would have liked to see more relationship development. I feel like characters were a little flat, but I wonder if this wasn't done on purpose due to the trauma that the girls had been through, and the relentless routine of their quarantined lives. All in all, I'd read another book by Rory Power.

May 09, 2021

I DNFed this because I couldn't get into it and lucky for me it came out that the author is really messed up and such so look it up but yeah. Don't read thisbook.

Apr 16, 2021

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SAPL_Teens Jan 27, 2021

A deadly disease at the Raxter School for Girls that leaves it’s victim less of who they were. Hetty, our protagonist is one of the few left after the Tox outbreak. Those that have survived are left with ghastly scars. Byatt has bones shooting out from her spine. Reese has a silver clawed hand. And Hetty’s eye has swollen shut as something stirs beneath it. Because of this everything has an order and must be done safely. When Hetty is recruited for a group that goes out to get the supplies dropped off by the people outside their school, she sees that everything may not be so understandable. Supplies wasted and girls missing. Hetty must choose whether or not she really wants to find out the truth of the Tox. Or fall victim to it’s cruel grip. Rory Power’s first novel is definitely one I will be reading again. Splendid imagery and a plot that just keeps getting thicker. Characters that you can’t help loving and hating, with them through sickness and health. The ways she rights this haunting tale into these pages is horrifying. How far would you go to know the truth? 5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Jan 20, 2021

An amazing and disturbing story about a plague that forces a bunch of young girls into quarantine, transforming their bodies in disturbing and twisted ways. Horrific and uncomfortable, "Wilder Girls" is a great for readers who love novels like "Lord of the Flies," "The Island of Doctor Moreau" or "Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. What a creepy, edge of your seat kind of story!

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 11, 2021

I don't think I can talk about this book without spoilers. There is just so much to discuss and believe me it's not good. There is just so much that could have been done with this book that wasn't. It is an excellent thing this book is short and that I was reading it for book club or I would probably not have picked it up let along finished it.

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Okay so... the ending. The ending is so bad I don't even know where to begin. You're just going to go off to the mainland while contagious with a weird worm virus (yeah let's not even start with that)? I dunno if that just reads different in Covid days but really?

I can't even remember if Byatt is dead or like half-dead. Also she kissed a dude without any protection because she didn't think it affected boys despite knowing it affected Reese's dad? By the way, what has estrogen got to with a virus/parasite? I mean okay, it's fiction but there is just a complete lack of explanation about this thing.

Like the only thing they really did right was Hetty and Reese's relationship after she was forced to shoot Reese's father. I thought the relationships were done well and that was about it. Even then they weren't done well enough for me to connect with any character that wasn't the main three

Jan 08, 2021

I thought the plot was interesting, but I was disappointed by the storytelling. I felt like the writing was somewhat disjointed and, at times, difficult to understand, which prompted me to read several sentences multiple times. However, I do appreciate that the author developed characters in the LGBT+ community because I find that books do not often include sexual or gender diverse characters.

FPL_Ashley Dec 14, 2020

Wilder Girls is a gripping read that has a wonderfully built setting on Raxter island where the Tox, a new endemic disease, is infecting and mutating everything and everyone living on the island. I really enjoyed following along with the triad of main characters as they try to uncover the truth about the Tox and what is really happening on the island. The ending left me with many questions so if you prefer books with tidy conclusions this is not the book for you.

JCLAnneG Oct 27, 2020

A gritty thriller about a pandemic apocalypse with LGBTQIA diverse characters, and is absolutely amazing. Every girl is strong, and every girl has a strange disability - it's haunting, suspenseful, and I absolutely loved it.

Aug 12, 2020

Wilder Girls by Rory Power is a novel that is a sapphic horror genre as it is violent and gory, about characters who are literally my wildest dreams come true. They are all women who are unapologetic, unlikeable, queer and young. The story is based around an all-girls boarding school set on an island during quarantine where one of the protagonist’s friends goes missing, and it is a race to search how the friend went to disappear and to find the hidden secrets kept behind the island. The story’s atmosphere invests around horrific circumstances in which a school that used to be fully-packed and fully-functioning diminishes instantly, also known as the tox, where a majority of the teachers and students are wiped out and for those who survive, will face night terror-like consequences. Overall, I really enjoyed the characters throughout this novel, the different points of view, and the escalating tensions. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone specifically of those who are a part of the IGBTQ community, or an individual who enjoys horror in terms of violence, glory and psychological horrors. It was a very fun read that brought chills up my body, in a good way. Definitely give this one a read! 4.5/5 stars
@Bookland of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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"Do you think I want this?" she says. She sounds hoarse, and I can barely pick out one word from the next, every ounce of exhaustion crashing down on both of us at once. "We don’t get to choose what hurts us."

Sep 21, 2019

“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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Sep 21, 2019

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


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