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Cade, a teen raised alone in the wilderness, is thrust into civilization in this modern retelling of Tarzan.

No one knows the forest better than Cade, who has spent his entire life there, foraging, hunting, and surviving. Raised to believe no one else is left in the world, he is shocked when he encounters Dara, a modern girl on a camping trip in his woods. And when an accident forces him back into society with her, he begins to question his entire life. Together, Cade and Dara attempt to handle their newfound celebrity as the media closes in. But the truth of Cade's past might be too much for either of them.

Alex Mallory's action-packed and romantic tale is told from both Cade's and Dara's point of view and is perfect for fans of contemporary and dystopian YA as well as classic survival stories such as Hatchet, Lord of the Flies, and Tarzan.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 150 x 218 x 35mm | 510g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062218743
  • 9780062218742
  • 987,288

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The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving--that's all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he's the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger. . . .

Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy--he's stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he's not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade's past tear them apart?
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Review quote

WILD delivers a fresh take on a classic story, with authentic characters who come alive on the page and an exhilarating romance.--Megan Crewe, author of the Fallen Worlds trilogy
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540 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 25% (137)
4 29% (154)
3 33% (177)
2 10% (56)
1 3% (16)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 16-year-old Cade lives in the forest; his parents are dead, and he believes that there are very few surviving humans on the planet due to the virus that caused his mother to hide them in the woods. When a girl and boy (Dara and Josh) come camping in the forest, Cade is intrigued by the fact that they donâ??t seem to be sick. Is it true that there are few surviving humans left? And will Cade always live in the forest? This was an okay story, but I felt that it was quite slow, and not a lot happened. Dara was an okay character, but she did seem to like sticking her nose in where it wasnâ??t wanted! It was admirable how she tried to help Cade, but I didnâ??t really see how they could ever really be together if Cade didnâ??t want to leave the forest. The storyline was okay, but considering how long this book was, not a lot happened! The story was pretty slow, and it seemed to go on, and on, with very little actually happening in terms of plot development. There was some romance, but it was pretty thin on the ground really. A couple of times a friend calls Cade Daraâ??s â??boyfriendâ??, but nothing ever happens between the pair. The ending was okay, but again, not a lot happened before we got there, and the ending was fairly tame. We didnâ??t get a solid happily-ever-after, and itâ??s left to the readers imagination to consider what might happen between the pair (if anything) in the future. Overall; quite a slow story, and not very much happened, 6.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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