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Wilder Girls

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  187 reviews
"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, author of the New York Times bestseller 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 tr
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 9th 2019 by Delacorte Press
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    شيماء ✨
    brain: add book to tbr.

    me: maybe we should read the synopsis first

    brain: no. pretty cover.

    me: touché
    Dec 20, 2018 marked it as desperate-to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: glbt
    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

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

    RTC! <3

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    Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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. the tension. that goddamn cover.

    i did not love it unconditionally, but what i did lo
    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 some
    Feb 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Imagine how this cover would look in a hardcover copy...literally chills
    4.5 stars. Survival stories tend to grip me. There’s something really fascinating, I think, about the idea of ‘‘the survival of the fittest’’ or strongest, smartest, prettiest. It’s a competition. It’s a deadly game. Sometimes, there’s no use even trying because you can’t compare. You don’t have it in you to survive. You’re a follower, not a leader.

    And yet, and yet. Your body doesn’t want to die. YOU don’t want to die. So you let your instincts take over and you find a way. Sometimes it’s enoug
    Chelsea Humphrey
    Mar 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
    "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 is the kind of positive influence we need in our lives right now.


    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
    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
    Emily May
    This sounds so freaking weird and awesome. 😮

    Also, cover. Not gonna lie.
    Rory Power
    Sep 20, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Lord of the Flies meets Annihilation in this YA literary horror debut featuring a quite deadly illness that slowly turns an all-girl school's students into monsters.

    Unfortunately, me and this book didn't click as much as I hoped after seeing that cover - one of the most gorgeous in YA - and what this book was about, since it promised creepy woods and queer girls. It delivered both, but I found only one of them actually satisfying.

    The main reason this book didn't work for me were the characters.
    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    Jan 05, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
    Edit: An I the only one who sees a book and wants it so bad they have a panic attack? No? Just me?
    This cover looks like something I did in art class
    Apr 02, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc-s, ya
    This cover is what I imagine I look like when I'm emotionally unraveling even though I'm really crying on the floor and eating in the dark.
    Savannah Brown
    Well, shit. I loved this.

    Can Power write. Every word felt so living, simultaneously effortless and deliberate, deepened further by the spaces she lets the reader fill in for themselves. I bought all of it - from the girls to the complicated relationships between them, to the nature of their quarantine, to the island, to bodies turning against themselves. It's unique and thrilling and gut-wrenching and terrible and strange and I can't stop thinking about it.

    WILDER GIRLS is really special. Do not
    Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    I was a provided with an ARC through Netgalley - thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this early! But my thoughts are 100% my own

    guys. Guys. GUYS. This was AMAZING!! This might very well be my first favorite book of 2019.

    This book was EVERYTHING I could have wanted and more. I was first attracted to it by that incredibly weird (but beautiful) cover, and then I heard it described as "Lord of the Flies" but with girls and ya girl is the BIGGEST fan of Lord of
    Katie Gallagher
    Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Review to come!
    full review now on my blog!

    ARC kindly provided by Delacorte Press in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    Wilder Girls deceived me. I remember adding this to my TBR after hearing about its sapphic main characters and seeing the beautiful cover. When I turned the first pages, I never expected to be thrust into such a brutal, horrific story with characters that would stay with me for a long time after reading. I can’t quite articulate my full love for this book, I can ju
    Laura AP
    Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    the feminist and bloodthirsty annihilation y'all have been dying for
    Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    3.5 stars. This was a very solid 4 star read...up until the ending.
    Joan He
    Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I've been trying to pick a favorite quote for this one for a while but let's be real: every line in this book is beautiful, but not in the way that you would think. The writing doesn't TRY. It breathes, tugs you along while slowly vining around you, and then BAM! It murders you with something so terribly real, emotional, or just downright horrible, and you can't look away. This is the kind of story, characters, and atmosphere that will seep into your brain and stay with you long after you finish ...more
    2019 is the year of creepy queer novels and I'm so here for it.
    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    3.5/5 rounded up.

    I respect this book. It was definitely wild. and had girls. Wilder Girls was a different read for sure.

    “we’ve all lost things, eyes and hands and last names.”

    Students at the Raxter School for Girls are quarantined on an island after developing a crazy infection - think growing gills, another spine, things moving beneath the flesh.
    Rory Power may have written the creepiest illness I’ve read about and as someone whose biggest fear is monsters inside me , I am now scarred for
    Emily A. Duncan
    Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    I have a feeling this one is going to blow me away
    Stephanie Gillespie
    Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

    I really loved the story but the ending felt rushed, RTC
    Lenore .
    Dec 28, 2018 marked it as call-me-maybe  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: anticipated-2019
    Katie Zhao
    Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    I started reading this book early afternoon and finished it by later in the evening on the same day. I couldn't put it down because it was just. that. freaking. good. If you like: boarding school-ish horror stories, girls who don't always make the right choices under extreme pressure, some horror and gore, and truly WILD girls, you will love this book. It's a fresh take on horror that adds nature into the mix, and it's very, deliciously well done.

    I will say this: this bo
    Jessica Bibi
    Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    SO MANY STARS FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Holy shit, where do I begin? I think the fact that I read this book in one sitting proves testament to how sublime this debut is. WILDER GIRLS is truly something special & unlike anything I've ever read before. The comps--LORD OF THE FLIES meets ANNIHILATION--are indeed accurate (which delights me as I love both these books!) except WILDER GIRLS is better because there's fierce girls, body horror, creepy settings & fEeLiNgZ.

    Rory Power has suc
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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.

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