Wilder Girls by Rory Power follows Hetty as she looks for her friend, braving a world outside of quarantine and discovering the truth about their story.
The Wilder Girls cover, created by Regina Flath and Aykut Aydogdu, is as twisted as it is beautiful, depicting a girl literally falling apart into ribbons, as flowers grow under her skin. Check out our exclusive reveal below:
Of the cover, the author writes:
Girlhood is its own kind of horror. Girls grow up steeped in it, in that slow-burning fear, in that sneaking sense that our bodies aren’t our own. In writing Wilder Girls, I wanted to take that horror and make it something else. Something you can touch. Something you can fight against, if you want, or keep tucked inside. Wilder Girls is about agency; it’s about hope; it’s about the things girlhood tries to drive out of us. I’m so proud to be sending it out into the world with this stunning cover – I hope you enjoy it.
Wilder Girls certainly sounds like the perfect kind of story for our current era. As women, we could all use some agency and hope right about now.
The official synopsis for Wilder Girls reads:
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.
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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.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power is set to hit shelves on July 9, 2019. You can pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound, or you can add it to your Goodreads list. For more information, click here.