Wilder Girls starts with a single question: What is happening to the girls on this island? A sickness known as the Tox has infected every living thing on Raxter Island. You either evolve with it or you die. The surviving girls have acquired unique qualities from the Tox (one possesses glowing hair, another a second spine, a third finds herself covered in boils) but they all know it could take their lives at any time. Despite promises of a cure from the government, Hetty realizes their situation is dire. When her friend suddenly disappears, Hetty goes looking for her and begins to uncover clues along the way. Each new bit of information she finds leads to another, and soon other questions are piling up: Who can she trust? Who knows more than they let on? Is anyone ever coming to save them? Does she even want to be saved? While some may compare it to Lord of the Flies, Rory Power’s debut stands on its own as a dark exploration of the desire for autonomy and agency, the ways girls adapt in order to survive, and the ways society fails to protect girls.