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Wilder Girls

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  5,927 ratings  ·  1,926 reviews
Everyone loses something to the Tox; Hetty lost her eye, Reese's hand has changed, and Byatt just disappeared completely.

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put in quarantine. The Tox turned the students strange and savage, the teachers died off one by one. Cut off from the mainland, the girls don’t dare wander past the school’s fence where the
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2020 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published July 9th 2019)
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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…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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Chaima ✨ شيماء
brain: add book to tbr.

me: maybe we should read the synopsis first

brain: no. pretty cover.

me: touché
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, favorites, owned
“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  ·  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
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

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, b
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
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
Feb 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Imagine how this cover would look in a hardcover copy...literally chills
Emily May
Jan 09, 2019 marked it as to-read-longlist  ·  review of another edition
This sounds so freaking weird and awesome. 😮

Also, cover. Not gonna lie.
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
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

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
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
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
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.
Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
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 the
Kayla Dawn
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn, I'm in love
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Amy Imogene Reads
5 stars

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 on 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
Hannah Greendale
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.
Lala BooksandLala
Perfect. Queer. Flawless. Weird. And not for everyone lol.
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Raeleen Lemay
This premise for this is great, but it’s insanely boring and the writing is awkward and confusing. I can feel it putting me into a slump so it’s time to quit!
C.G. Drews
This was sufficiently creepy and I have so so much appreciation for the cover after reading it. Plus the cover is just A+, alright. It is fantastic. 😍I got a lot of Maze Runner x Aurora Rising vibes from it, a bit of Stranger Things thrown in too maybe, and all over it was a fascinating story. The cliffhanger is pretty wild there another coming? I kept waiting for the book to go deeper, flesh things out, but it didn't. So that works if there's a sequel. Otherwise I feel like we only ...more
Lex Kent
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f, ya-or-na, apocalyptic
3.5 Stars. Well that was really different. This book’s genre was touted as Sapphic Horror. How could I pass this book up after hearing that? However, I must admit I could have used more Sapphic and more horror. The horror elements to me felt almost more creepy/gory than scary horror so that was a little bit of a disappointment as I was hoping for a bit of both. This is a YA book. I’m not an expert in what books are good for what aged kids but I see this as more of an older teen and adult story. ...more
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.
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
Well, my preorder has arrived.

Goodbye to you, preexisting July TBR!

destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF/set aside @ 28%

I'm putting this on my DNF shelf instead of my "finish-me-soon" shelf because I simply don't know if I care enough to give this another try someday. This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, and I thought it was going to be spooky, gay perfection, but so far, I've had such a hard time getting invested in it. My friend Kaleena's review sums up my thoughts so far perfectly, but the short of it is that I can't seem to connect to the characters, there's not nearly enou
julianna ➹
sooooo this was magical and gay and also viscerally terrifying

like, I am now afraid of the dark again. thanks rory

"We don't get to choose what hurts us."

This novel takes place in Raxter School for Girls, where the Tox first started to take over the land— changing the forest, wildlife, and the ground— before moving on to the people living on the island. Because of this, the entire school was put under quarantine and only three girls: the Boat Girls, are let out. These Boat Girls are only let ou
Jan 05, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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

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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 an
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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.” 14 likes
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