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Wilder Girls: 10/12/19
Wilder Girls by Rory Power is set at an all girls school on an island in Maine in the aftermath of a plague that has done horrible things to the students and staff. The survivors are disfigured by the Tox and the island remains quarantined by the CDC as the forest around them grows more wild and more dangerous.
The book has been blurbed a feminist take on Lord of the Flies but it doesn't read as that. Sure, it's on an island and it's isolated. Instead it reads like a YA zombie survival tale.
Wilder Girls spends much of it's opening setting the mood. The island is wild and didn't used to be. The Tox is painful and quick acting. The Tox is ultimately deadly. Rations are running low.
But the event has happened weeks before the opening chapter. It would be like reading Unfed by Kirsty McKay before reading Undead.
Being familiar with the man-made zombie outbreak tropes makes Wilder Girls easy to predict. There wasn't enough beyond the atmosphere of the island and the shady headmistress who would fit nicely into Promised Neverland to keep me reading.