The Resource Wilder girls, Rory Power

Wilder girls, Rory Power

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Wilder girls
Title
Wilder girls
Statement of responsibility
Rory Power
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island"--
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 /* Starred Review */ It's been a year and a half since the Raxter School for Girls was ravaged by the Tox, a sickness that crept in slowly through the woods before distorting the bodies of the teachers and students in vicious ways, leaving them wilted and blackened when it was finished. Left with the promise of a cure, the quarantined girls watch out for one another. That's precisely what Hetty is doing when her friend Byatt disappears, and together with her friend Reese, she breaks quarantine to penetrate the wild beyond the fence to find her. At the same time, they navigate their fragile, maybe even brittle, relationship that's strained by the complicated, desolate circumstances. Power's mesmerizing novel is touched with eerie moments of body horror—a stitched-up eye with something lurking underneath, a second protruding spine, animals growing three times their size. Those moments pale in comparison to the savagery of the Tox, however: ""It made them stick each other in the main hall during dinner, made them watch themselves bleed dry."" Although the glimmer of a tangled backstory and foreshadowing device are left tantalizingly dangling, Hetty's fierce loyalty drives the story forward, and the alternating points of view between Hetty and Byatt reveal a rich, dynamic picture of the realities of living on Raxter Island. Power's evocative, haunting, and occasionally gruesome debut will challenge readers to ignore its bewitching presence. -- Mahjabeen Syed (Reviewed 5/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 17, p42)
  • /* Starred Review */ Electric prose, compelling relationships, and visceral horror illuminate Power’s incisive debut about a group of young women under quarantine. A year and a half earlier, the Tox spread through Raxter Island off the coast of Maine, corrupting its inhabitants—flora and fauna alike. At the Raxter School for Girls, the Tox continues to mutate the students in cyclical flare-ups and has killed all the teachers but two. Now, the remaining girls, including friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reese, 16, survive on meager rations, adapt to alarming physical changes, and wait in radio silence for a promised cure. When Hetty is selected for Boat Shift, the only chance to venture beyond the school’s fences, she is exposed to secrets that tug at the seams of her understanding. And after Byatt disappears, Hetty sets into motion a series of events that will rend Raxter’s careful framework from its bones. Abrupt perspective shifts sometimes disrupt the action, and the finer details of the Tox are left a bit vague even as graphic violence permeates the fast-paced story. Still, the tale’s 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. Ages 14–up. Agent: Daisy Parente, Lutyens & Rubinstein. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/05/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 31, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ When the institutions you trust fail you, what will you do—and how will you handle the consequences? Two girls grapple with these questions in this gritty, lush debut chronicling psychological and environmental tipping points at a boarding school for girls on a remote island in the near future. Sixteen-year-old scholarship student Hetty was one of the first to show signs of the Tox. Over the last 18 months, she's watched it ravage her classmates and teachers as they wait, quarantined within school grounds, for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and deliver a cure. The Tox affects everyone differently: Hetty's right eye sealed itself shut; her best friend, Byatt, grew a second, exterior spine; Reese has a sharp, silver-scaled left hand and glowing hair. Not everyone adapts to the Tox's cyclical flare-ups—a girl brought to the infirmary rarely returns. The two remaining staff maintain tenuous order, but a flare-up that lands Byatt in the infirmary—with Hetty determined to protect her—quickly escalates into events that irrevocably shape the fates of everyone left on the island. Power deftly weaves a chilling narrative that disrupts readers' expectations through an expertly crafted, slow-burn reveal of the deadly consequences of climate change. Most characters are assumed white; Julia is brown-skinned and Cat is cued as Chinese-American. Several significant characters, including Hetty, are queer. Part survival thriller, part post-apocalyptic romance, and part ecocritical feminist manifesto, a staggering gut punch of a book. (Dystopian. 12-18) (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2019)
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Publisher's description
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10786972
Cataloging source
DLC
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Power, Rory
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.P6947
LC item number
Wil 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Quarantine
  • Diseases
  • Survival
  • Boarding schools
  • Maine
  • Quarantine
  • Diseases
  • Survival
  • Boarding schools
  • Schools
  • Maine
  • Science fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Wilder girls, Rory Power
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018039286
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780525645580
Lccn
2018039286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1055572137
Label
Wilder girls, Rory Power
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018039286
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780525645580
Lccn
2018039286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1055572137

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