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Wilder Girls

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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  71,934 ratings  ·  13,451 reviews
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, t
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Delacorte Press
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Mia It depends on what it is about horror movies you can’t stand. If it’s the jumps scares then this book it fine. If you have a thing about blood or inju…moreIt depends on what it is about horror movies you can’t stand. If it’s the jumps scares then this book it fine. If you have a thing about blood or injuries then you might want to avoid this book. I am normally the same way about trailers and am pretty bad with blood and gore but I loved this book. I think is ”horror” because of the gore and the dystopian theme. Not because of a bloody ax murder or something. I hope that helps(less)

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Kai Spellmeier
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, queer
“We don't get to choose what hurts us”

Did somebody say feminist horror cause there goes my money outta the window as I drool all over this cover.
Also just in: this book is hella gay.

Wilder Girls was one of my most anticipated books of 2019. The premise and cover gave me life and I was ready to experience all the horror and gore that they promised. I got what I wanted. So be warned. This book is violent and gory. Don't take this lightly. It's a ruthless story about an all-girls boarding school se
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
sapphic horror is my new favorite genre

this is probably one of my favorite covers of the year and I am so happy to say that the inside is just as amazing. this honestly ended up being a weird combination of everything i love in stories. it is a feminist lord of the flies following 3 friends who are under quarantine at a boarding school. when one of the friends goes missing it becomes a race to find her and figure out what the hell is happening on this island and uncover the secrets being kept fr
daph pink ♡
I want it . I got it . I hate it.

Like I am so disappointed and frustrated because I expected it to be good but it was nothing like really nothing. I didn't get anything while reading it. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis is incredibly interesting as fuck ! But the book boring and it's not a retelling of lord of flies like it's advertised I guess it's more like inspired from it!


✒The story took place in an all girl's boarding school called Raxter situated on a island not far from main
Chelsea Humphrey
3-3.5 STARS

"It's like that, with all of us here. Sick, strange, and we don't know why. Things bursting out of us, bits missing and pieces sloughing off, and then we harden and smooth over."

I can see why Rory Power's debut novel Wilder Girls is getting serious buzz; it's not just a pretty cover, as it contains an excellent writing style that wavers between flowery prose and captivating horror. In terms of idea and compulsive page-turning, this book deserves all of the stars, but I did find a few
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting premise with a romance that surprised and intrigued me, but unfortunately I couldn't find myself connecting to any of the characters. ...more
Miranda Reads
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

New week, New BookTube Video - all about the best (and worst) literary apocalypses to live through!
The Written Review

We don't get to choose what hurts us.
The Raxter School for Girls is on an island and for the past few months, they've been put on the strictest of quarantines.

There's something - a disease? creature? magic? - that's been infecting the girls and surrounding wildlife.
It’s like that, with all of us here. Sick, strange, and we don’t know why. Things bursting out of
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Well here's something I never thought I'd never say, this book should have been at least another 100 pages longer.

The premise for this book is really exciting and the cover is fabulous but the execution is sorely lacking.

The story picks up some year+ after a remote school for girls is ravaged with a devastating virus and subsequently quarantined.

Notice how I said "picks up". Very little backstory is ever given about the onset of the virus. How it all started and progressed leading up to the qu

ARC given to me by my amazingly kind friend - McKinlay at McKinlay's Bookshelf!

I really enjoyed the atmosphere and characters so much in this, but the ending really kind of ruined it all for me. But I can't wait to see what the author does next!

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Buddy read with McKinlay! ❤
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 damn what did I get myself into…We’re not in Kansas anymore…I’m sure this book takes place in earth, this might be closest highway to hell, say goodbye to your classical contagion, post-apocalyptic , LGBTQ- survival- now or never themes, this is so much mind-blowing and earth shattering stars!


Testing your survival skills! CHECK!
Testing your friendship and your loyalty/honesty. CHECK!
Testing yourself how much you’re ready to lose from your humanity to stay alive!
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I didn't love this and I am SO SAD about it. I did enjoy the first half of the book, but the ending was such a let down that it honestly tainted any positive feelings I had for whatever came before it. The biggest womp. ...more
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST YA FANTASY 2019! what will happen?

Some days it’s fine. Others it nearly breaks me. The emptiness of the horizon, and the hunger in my body, and how will we ever survive this if we can’t survive each other? “We’re gonna make it. Tell me we’re gonna make it.”

so much about this book is so good. the synopsis. the premise. the chillsiness it delivers. the characters. the tantalizing dislocation of WHAT IS THIS THAT IS HAPPENING? the dread and unease
Emily May
Jan 09, 2019 marked it as lost-interest
This sounds so freaking weird and awesome. 😮

Also, cover. Not gonna lie.
Feb 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Imagine how this cover would look in a hardcover copy...literally chills
Lala BooksandLala
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect. Queer. Flawless. Weird. And not for everyone lol.
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
another debut feminist dystopia, another underwhelmed jessica. seems pretty on brand for me at the moment, unfortunately.

and this is probably going to be the worst review ive ever written because i cant even put into words why this didnt quite work for me. it wasnt a horrible reading experience - i was focused and finished it - so im gonna chalk it up to me not being in the right mood for this, because i cant really find anything super negative about it. i just didnt experience the emotions i t
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Because this cover is freaking everything!!

Holy Sh*t Snacks!

I need more answers right now! Where is book two; geez I just finish this book and need another one. I mean there has to be another one because of that ending!

So, this is told through two POV's; Hetty & Byatt. But there they have another best friend Reese who is very prominent in the book.

All of these girls live at the Raxter School For Girls. The school is on an island but it seems to be a fairly big island unless I missed somethin
Elle (ellexamines)
A group of girls are trapped at an island boarding school as their bodies mutate and change underneath them.

In trying to consider why this book worked so well for me, I keep coming back to this: This is one of the most chilling books I have ever read. (If you’re really turned off by body horror probably don’t read this. I mean it.) The writing is excellent—the odd style, slipping between long sentences and short beats, contributes well to the atmosphere—and the anxious tone is wonderful.

We fol
Rory Power
Sep 20, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
hi! i wrote this! if you are looking for content warnings and trigger warnings, you can find them here:

if there's anything missing from the list that you feel should be there, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me - there's a contact form on my website

okay bYE
Kayla Dawn
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn, I'm in love ...more
Wilder Girls could have been a feminist horror story, but it didn't quite get there for me.

Rory Power talents shine in writing horror, to be sure. Sick teenage girls, plagued with deformities, hungry and scared for their lives, always in peril, always on the brink of death. Power is so good at writing body horror and capturing the thrills of something evil lurking just around the corner. But then she doesn't embrace the strength of her allegorical writing and falls for explaining things that do
Amy Imogene Reads
It’s darker, it’s meaner, it’s fracturing, it’s singular. It gives you too much and not enough. This was something else and loved it even when it upset me.

Concept: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Unique factor: ★★★★★

I wasn't ready for Wilder Girls. When I sat down with my cup of tea and opened it in my cushy chair, I thought I was ready for a Lord of the Flies-type tale with bio-human interactions and a dash of f/f sprinkled amidst a feminist beautiful nightmare. My tea quickly turned cold, a
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, lgbt

and THIS is why i will never live near the woods. props to them for enduring all of that shit tho bc i would’ve offed myself on the first day
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya-books
A modern day, female Lord of the Flies - count me in!

I must confess that I bought this book solely based on the cover! Isn’t it gorgeous? Well, it turned out the story within the beautiful outer wrapping was everything I hoped for which is even better!

Rory Power did an amazing job of building this world within a world. Essentially the story is about 3 friends (Hetty, Reese and Byatt) attending the Raxter School for Girls when the school is hit with sudden, unexplained illness requiring quaranti
Hannah Greendale
2019 Best Books of the Year [#06 of 11]

Brutal, arresting, and utterly bewitching feminist spin on Lord of the Flies. A top read of 2019, for sure.

There used to be horses, four of them, but early in the first season, we noticed how the Tox was starting to get inside them like it got inside us, how it was pushing their bones through their skin, how it was stretching their bodies until they screamed. So we led them out to the water and shot them.
Irena BookDustMagic
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4,5 stars

I don’t even know where to start when it comes to reviewing Wilder Girls.
It was gory, detailed and it is definitely not for readers with weak stomach, but at the same time it was brilliant!

I loved almost everything about this novel, from main to side characters, plot and the mystery, but what I liked the most was the creepy atmosphere that felt so real.

The writing style is excellent and I still can’t believe this is Power’s debut novel. I now want to read everything she w
Charlotte May
“Keep the quarantine, they said. Follow the rules and we’ll help you…A year and a half of empty sky, of not enough medicine, of bodies burning behind the school. We have to help ourselves.”

3.5 ⭐️

Me, inadvertently reading horror book after horror book 😱

The Raxter School for Girls has been under quarantine for 18 months due to a disease known as Tox. It affects the girls in different ways, such as growing a second spine, going blind in one eye and even growing scales.

It also affects the land ar
DNF at 200 pages
This book isn’t bad by any means, it just wasn’t really for me. The writing is very strange and this story is very strange and it took a long time to get into it, and even after I got used to the writing style and even began to appreciate it - I still couldn’t connect with these characters at all. The writing is very atmospheric and haunting and at times it’s beautiful, but at times it’s also vivid and disturbing. I think this author is a great writer and I see a lot of potential
I received this ARC from Delacorte Press via BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to change.

I better be getting a sequel or I will personally strangle Rory Power.

The Tox didn't just happen to us. It happened to everything.

Obligatory Summary

It's been 18 months since an insidious and horrific disease known as the Tox took over Raxter Island, and the girls trapped t
Misty Marie Harms
I find it hard to believe a bunch of teenage, catty girls stuck in this situation would still listen to their teacher or headmistress. Especially if I was slowly being eaten alive by some strange disease that made me grow extra parts. I wouldn't have been listening to nobody. I was a hellraiser in high school, so maybe it is my inner rebel talking. Loved the book and some characters. Wish we would have had more info on the Tox and its origins. Solid read if you can suspend belief for awhile. ...more
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Rory Power grew up in New England, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for TV adaptation. She received a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, and thinks fondly of her time there, partially because she learned a lot but mostly because there were a ton of bunnies on campus.

She is represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein and Ki

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