The Girl in Red

The Girl in Red

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic "Little Red Riding Hood"...about a woman who isn't as defenseless as she seems.It's not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisi...

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Title:The Girl in Red
Author:Christina Henry
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The Girl in Red Reviews

  • Miranda Reads

    Red, a young woman on her own, is travelling through the forest in a

    "The Crisis" (as she calls it) has already ruined most of the world and nearly all of her family and now

    Red, a young woman on her own, is travelling through the forest in a

    "The Crisis" (as she calls it) has already ruined most of the world and nearly all of her family and now

    Red's grandmother lives isolated in the woods, in a self-sustaining little cottage hundreds of miles away.

    And once Red makes a plan, she sticks to it.

    if she's alone in this world?

    if her supplies are running low?

    if everyone and everything out there is trying to kill her?

    Only, her journey is not nearly as easy as she thought. The woods are

    both animal and human.

    But the joke is on them, because if there is one thing Red has been preparing for - it was the apocalypse.

    And there is not a thing she would not do to get to where she wants to go.

    In short - this book was

    that I could have hoped for and more.

    I have read so (SO) many tellings (and retellings) of classic fairytales that it takes a really, truly amazing one to knock my socks off.

    Well. Let me assure you -

    Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. I honestly cannot remember the last time I finished a book in a single day.

    I am constantly frustrated by the absolute idiocy of main characters during apacolypse novels. I honestly wonder how most characters make it past Ch 2 and Red is wonderfully the complete opposite.

    She's

    absolutely fabulous and perfectly educated.

    Between her confidence, her logic and her stone-cold killer instincts, I was completely fascinated.

    The plot was fast-paced and exciting - even though this was a retelling, I still had no idea where the story was going and I loved it.

    I think I'm just going to have to buy everything Henry has ever written.

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    4.5 rounded up 5 stars to an apocalyptic, dystopian , bloody, vulgar, harsh, nerve-bending, nail-biting, heart-throbbing version of Red Riding Hood! I never see this coming ! This author is more merciless and definitely wilder than Grimm Brothers and I literally devoured each pages but I’m still hungry for more!

    This book is gruesome, reminds of us so many “The world is ending” and “ contagious virus” theme projects starting from Bird Box ( Just like movie version the two children accompany Red a

    4.5 rounded up 5 stars to an apocalyptic, dystopian , bloody, vulgar, harsh, nerve-bending, nail-biting, heart-throbbing version of Red Riding Hood! I never see this coming ! This author is more merciless and definitely wilder than Grimm Brothers and I literally devoured each pages but I’m still hungry for more!

    This book is gruesome, reminds of us so many “The world is ending” and “ contagious virus” theme projects starting from Bird Box ( Just like movie version the two children accompany Red are “ he” and “she” just like Sandra Bullock call them), “28 days later”, so much better version of Shymalan’s “Happening” ( the situation of abandoned houses, stores with full of dead people), Sodenberg’s ”Contagion” and finally this is not the dystopian movie but as it is admitted on the book, the creature’s technique of ripping apart of the people’s abdomens is totally great tribute to Ridley Scott’s “Alien”!

    We have a remarkable heroine like younger but definitely rougher and tougher version of Sarah Connor( mostly the second movie and ore muscled version) meets girl version of Mad Max( let’s say Maxine )!

    When I was a child I have read too many Grimm Brothers’ nightmarish fairy-tales and I was also disappointed about the naivety of red riding hood ( she cannot differentiate her grandma from a wolf, come on Red! Wear glasses!) but this super version of her , Red so smart, also intelligent ( a book worm, know-it-all kinda girl like Hermione Granger), a loner, isolated one because she has hard times to trust people completely. At more parts she makes you think she is the protector of her own family. She never acts like a young girl, she’s old soul, always calculating every move, knowing how to use sharp objects, she’s born as fighter and survivor.

    Amazing heroine, gripping, fast paced story-telling, nonstop action capture your attention and hook you from the beginning. You don’t want to put it down. ( I confess I let my husband feed me at the dinner when I was frantically turning the pages! At least I was having sushi )

    For most parts of the book I wanted to raise my punch at the air and scream” Yessss! Atta girl!”, some parts made my stomach churned, but at the end I can hear my own evil laughs because I enjoyed it.

    Only the unanswered questions about the government experiments and the cause of the contagion a little disturbed my mind. But this book is about Red’s story and her surviving fight to reach to her grandma’s house.

    I love the ending! Never ending action, thrilling, captivating, shocking parts. I already added gruesome versions of Alice and Peter Pan’s stories. I need to read more from the author because I had so much fun!

  • megs_bookrack

    Red needs to get to Grandma's house but this is no fairytale land she is traveling through.

    This is a postapocalyptic war zone where a disease, known as 'the cough', runs rampant and has decimated the population.

    The world is a dangerous place with enemies around every corner, or so it seems. Most people have been rounded up into quarantine camps but Red would rather take her chances on the road.

    Alternating between now and before, we get a pretty good idea of Red's home life and family dynamic pr

    Red needs to get to Grandma's house but this is no fairytale land she is traveling through.

    This is a postapocalyptic war zone where a disease, known as 'the cough', runs rampant and has decimated the population.

    The world is a dangerous place with enemies around every corner, or so it seems. Most people have been rounded up into quarantine camps but Red would rather take her chances on the road.

    Alternating between now and before, we get a pretty good idea of Red's home life and family dynamic prior to the sickness. Red, who has a prosthetic limb, after being hit by a car at the age of 8, is used to people underestimating her. She becomes frustrated with this and constantly feels compelled to be tough and prove people wrong.

    Highly risk averse, Red feels well prepared for this. Certainly more prepared than your average Joe. She knows the rules. She has been studying them via horror movies and other like media for years.

    I loved this aspect of Red's personality.

    Traveling with her whiny brother, Adam, Red feels like she needs to not only carry her weight but his too. Put simply, Adam was a huge pain in the ass. Red has the patience of a Saint, frankly, putting up with him as she did.

    I loved how quickly the action in this kicks off and I thought that the postapocalyptic world was well imagine. The two timelines worked well playing off each other to reveal the entirety of the story. Watching Red's character gain strength over time was so satisfying.

    This being said, I did want a bit more. I know that not every book can be 500-pages but this was just so interesting and the ending, to me, felt rushed.

    Overall, I think this is a solid story. I enjoyed Henry's imagination quite a bit. This is my first book from her but it definitely won't be the last one I pick up.

    A hearty thank you to the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I would definitely recommend this to readers who enjoy darker content and women who kick butt!

    I originally listed this as 3.5-stars rounded up. It has been a few days since I finished it and it is still rolling around in my mind. Although I still stand behind my original review, I definitely 'really' liked this. No need for .5!

  • Hannah Greendale

    It's like

    by Cormac McCarthy went skipping through the woods to grandmother's house in this dystopian sci-fi retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood." Aside from a few hackneyed attempts to insert views on certain political agendas, this is a well-plotted, swift-paced story of survival. Red, a young woman of mixed-race with a prosthetic leg, is a fierce opponent for the fallen world's wolves.

    Gruesome, outspoken, and forgivably predictable.

    is a thrilling slasher.

    It's like

    by Cormac McCarthy went skipping through the woods to grandmother's house in this dystopian sci-fi retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood." Aside from a few hackneyed attempts to insert views on certain political agendas, this is a well-plotted, swift-paced story of survival. Red, a young woman of mixed-race with a prosthetic leg, is a fierce opponent for the fallen world's wolves.

    Gruesome, outspoken, and forgivably predictable.

    is a thrilling slasher.

    -

    *Note: Quote taken from an Advanced Reading Copy.

  • Jennifer

    With alternating timelines that reveal the decimation of the world, Red is our consistent main character who shows that being a woman in a man's ravaged world is her very underestimated strength. She doesn't need guns or an intimidating appearance or even all four limbs. She has serious smarts and fierce intuition.

    is a violent, post-apocal

    With alternating timelines that reveal the decimation of the world, Red is our consistent main character who shows that being a woman in a man's ravaged world is her very underestimated strength. She doesn't need guns or an intimidating appearance or even all four limbs. She has serious smarts and fierce intuition.

    is a violent, post-apocalyptic retelling of the little red riding hood from once upon a time. Girls are stronger now, and their grandmothers can take care of themselves, too. Check it out.

    Audiobook expertly narrated by January LaVoy.

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