Rory Power grew up in Boston, received her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, and went on to earn an MA in prose fiction from the University of East Anglia. She lives in Massachusetts. Wilder Girls is her first novel.
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 fresh, new debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you’ve read before.
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, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
Why you should read this book?
Rory Power is a debut author, and this book was won in a heated auction.
An accessible yet thought-provoking, novel that is both a page-turning commercial read and a literary conversation starter. A great book to pair with Lord of the Flies.
A feminist title that will appeal to this generation of teen girls and their mothers.
Contains themes of questioning authority/adults, friendship and loyalty, and self-reliance, along with bestselling titles like The Maze Runner,The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and the adult title Annihilation,which was made into a movie starring Natalie Portman.This book is a powerful, layered crossover read.
This title is a commercial literary read—or a literary commercial read. The pages turn and the writing is accessible, but the language and themes are poetic.
On Sale Date: July 9, 2019 – Delacorte Press