- Author Rory Power
- Narrator Eileen Stevens, Jesse Vilinsky
- Publisher Pan Macmillan
- Run Time 8 hours and 49 minutes
- Format Audio
- Genre Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Horror and ghost stories, chillers, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Relationship stories – Romance, love or friendship, Children’s / Teenage fiction: School stories, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Thrillers, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Dating, relationships, romance and love, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: LGBTQ+, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Runaways.
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What to expect
‘Your new favourite book’ – Cosmopolitan
An instant New York Times bestseller, Wilder Girls is Rory Power’s chilling and unputdownable YA debut. The Power meets We Were Liars in this compelling story of survival and the power of female friendships, perfect for fans of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.
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 Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure as the Tox takes; their bodies becoming sick and foreign, things bursting out of them, bits missing.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her best friend, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie in the wilderness past the fence. As she digs deeper, she learns disturbing truths about her school and what else is living on Raxter Island. And that the cure might not be a cure at all . . .
‘Wholly original and compelling’ – Observer
‘A staggering gut punch of a book’ – Kirkus
‘Body horror meets boarding school in a moving, terrifying thriller’ Guardian
Body horror meets boarding school in a moving, terrifying thriller . . . one of the year’s most memorable debut’s.Guardian, The Best Books of 2020
Your new favourite book.Cosmopolitan
Finally, Rory Power combines the challenges of dystopian survival with the dynamics of boarding school life in the wholly original and compelling Wilder Girls. It is 18 months since Raxter school for girls was quarantined following the outbreak of a deadly virus that kills adults and turns girls’ bodies strange and foreign. Both their remote island setting and the girls themselves become ever more wild and dangerous as they await the promised cure. Power’s dark, lyrical tale challenges expectations at every turn; a paean to the power of female friendships.Observer
This thrilling saga . . . is sure to be one of the season’s most talked-about books, in any genre.Entertainment Weekly
Groundbreaking . . . brutal and beautiful, raw and unflinching.Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil
This gritty, lush debut chronicling psychological and environmental tipping points . . . weaves a chilling narrative that disrupts readers’ expectations through an expertly crafted, slow-burn reveal of the deadly consequences of climate change . . . Part survival thriller, part post-apocalyptic romance, and part ecocritical feminist manifesto, a staggering gut punch of a book.Kirkus, Starred Review