AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
"Power's evocative, haunting, and occasionally gruesome
debut will challenge readers to ignore its bewitching presence
Starred Review ★
"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
Starred Review ★
"An ode to empowering women and a testament to the strength of female bonds
....Far more than just an unsettling horror story, this powerful debut
novel about a strange disease at an all-girls boarding school explores female empowerment, friendship and survival with tenacity and brilliance."--Shelf Awareness,
"Electric prose, compelling relationships,
and visceral horror illuminate Power's incisive
debut...[and its] environmental and feminist themes are resonant, particularly the immeasurable costs of experimentation on female bodies, and the power of female solidarity and resilience amid ecological and political turmoil."-- Publishers Weekly,
"Tightly coiled narration
moves between quietly reserved to vividly but coldly detailed
, doubling the horror."--Bulletin
"Fresh and horrible and beautiful.
...readers will be consumed and altered
by Wilder Girls
saga...is sure to be one of the season's most talked-about books
, in any genre."--EW "The perfect kind of story for our current era."
, add a dash of Contagion
, set it at an all-girls' academy, and you'll arrive at Rory Power's occasionally shocking and always gripping Wilder Girls
"Your new favorite book.
"Everything about this thrilling, unnerving
debut will make you want to immediately read it. For fans of Mindy McGinnis and Gillian French.
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
is the bold, imaginative, emotionally wrenching horror novel of my dreams
--one that celebrates the resilience of girls and the earthshaking power of their friendships. An eerie, unforgettable triumph."--Claire Legrand
, New York Times
bestselling author of Furyborn
"A nightmarish survival story
that's as much literary fiction as it is young adult...I couldn't look away."--Casey McQuiston
, New York Times
bestselling author of Red, White, and Royal Blue
"The eeriness of Raxter Island permeates every scene, and Rory Power's characters are fierce and honest, blazing from the pages. This is a groundbreaking speculative story
--brutal and beautiful, raw and unflinching
. I adored this book."--Emily Suvada
, author of This Mortal Coil
"A feminist, LGBT+, sci-fi-horror story with all the tantalizing
elements of gore, mystery, war, and love you can ask for. Real, flawed, brave girls
against a world gone mad. A shudderingly good read!
" --Dawn Kurtagich
, author of Teeth in the Mist
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. Her first novel is the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls. To learn more about Rory, go to itsrorypower.com and follow @itsrorypower on Twitter and Instagram.