1.) The characters: If your favorite characters are usually written by Courtney Summers, then you need to read Rory Power's debut immediately. They have the same gritty tones, complex interior lives, and rough edges. For Hetty and the others, it's not a matter of being likable or unlikable; it's a matter of existing on a decaying island where survival and love are both bloody and edged in steel.
2.) The body horror: While I love horror, I never truly understood body horror until I read WILDER GIRLS. The infection changes people's bodies in unique ways, there are several scenes of physical conflict, and scenes of scientific experimentation. For some people, this will be a deal-breaker, so be prepared going in.
3.) The edge-of-your-seat tone: Power captures one of the elements that make people love survivalist stories: the tense, edge of your seat tone. The pages are filled with tension, and you get the feeling that it could snap at any moment (and it's a big hit when it does). WILDER GIRLS is made to be devoured, and I couldn't put it down once I started it.
Overall, WILDER GIRLS cements itself as a unique, edgy, and horrific (in the best way) novel that you won't soon forget.