You may notice "Wilders" by Cass Kim has a few covers. The original, with the purple and blue trees. The Trees in all black, which was used for the Special Edition and the Audiobook. And the new (and final) cover, with Renna running in the woods. As "Wilders" is Cass's first ever published book, she tried a few times to see what cover would be the most popular. Part of the journey. Thanks for sticking with her and the series through all of its new looks!
The forest behind Renna’s home is dark and dense. It holds more secrets than she knows. Having grown up in the half-pocalypse, a world balancing against the tide of a blood-borne virus, Renna knows the rules by heart:
1) Stay inside between dusk and dawn.
2) Close and lock the copper and silver screens.
3) Report anyone suspected of infection immediately.
Now, at seventeen, Renna will have to survive against the rules.
- An unprecedented attack.
- A strange boy with copper eyes.
Can Renna survive the darkness to save the people she loves?
Praise for Wilders:
"Cass Kim nailed it from Chapter 1! I’d like to relate it to BirdBox meets The Walking Dead, but this had my attention even more. I devoured this book in two lengthy sittings (a girl has to sleep...). I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone! You won’t be disappointed!" -Amazon Reviewer
"This was a page turner - read it through in one evening (stayed up too late!) Well-written and wonderfully imagined take on the zombie/virus theme. Appreciated that the author built a realistic vision of how the world might very well adapt to an ongoing crisis of this sort, and the way people would attempt to carry on living a more or less normal life in spite of it. Fits into the YA genre with a teenage protagonist trying to navigate the murky waters of everything from the social awkwardness of an all-night party to the terrors lurking in the woods behind her house. Some gore as is appropriate to the story, but the horror often takes a backseat to the thoughtful exploration of the very human ways people behave in response to extreme events. (And there is a delightful cat named Tim Tam! Bonus!) " -Amazon Reviewer
"I admire any story that lies in a popular genre and manages to completely be its own thing. "Wilders" is such a book. Its take on zombies, infection, and the apocalypse are different from any I've ever seen. There are tons of little details that make the plot threads pop, and when I turned the last page of this novella, I wanted more. " -Amazon Reviewer