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 Crisis...

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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

    -a

    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.

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  • 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 acc

    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!

  • Charlotte May

    THIS is the Christina Henry I love! I loved

    but didn't really think much of

    or

    so I felt this could go one of two ways. Thankfully it went the former and I was gripped!

    Red is travelling to her grandmother's house in a post-apocalyptic world. A virus known as 'the cough' has swept the world and everyone is being rounded up and placed in quarantine camps. Red has no interest in being impr

    THIS is the Christina Henry I love! I loved

    but didn't really think much of

    or

    so I felt this could go one of two ways. Thankfully it went the former and I was gripped!

    Red is travelling to her grandmother's house in a post-apocalyptic world. A virus known as 'the cough' has swept the world and everyone is being rounded up and placed in quarantine camps. Red has no interest in being imprisoned so she is travelling through the woods, camping and surviving on what she can. Got throw back images to the Maze Runner series which I adored so that was cool.

    The chapters flick between 'before' and 'after'. So before Red starts her travels, when she is with her family and then and she travels with her brother Adam.

    In the 'after' chapters Red is alone - so we know something has happened to her family but we only find out when the story flashes back, this keeps you hooked as you want to know what has gone on.

    Red is a great protagonist. She is a far cry from the 'special' or 'chosen one' this book seems to poke fun at main characters who do stupid things and endanger their lives. She meticulously plans every part of her journey, learns how to defend herself and how to survive in the wilderness. Red also has a prosthetic leg which awesome rep - I loved that.

    My only tiny gripe would be

    Other than that this was a great retelling and I would recommend to anyone who likes dystopias or apocalypse themed books.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at:

    A review via giffery presented by Mitchell:

    If you are anything like me, Christina Henry completely blew your mind when she proved in her darkly updated version of

    that . . . . .

    When she revamped

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    A review via giffery presented by Mitchell:

    If you are anything like me, Christina Henry completely blew your mind when she proved in her darkly updated version of

    that . . . . .

    When she revamped

    . . . .

    Mind = blown.

    I was pretty much crapping my drawers to see what she would come up with next. And when I heard it was a new spin on

    , I was 100% ready for . . . . .

    But then . . . . .

    A kissing book? Helllllllllll nah! Get to the stabbing.

    Despite that one missing the mark for me, I remained a loyal

    fan and couldn’t wait to see what Henry’s warped little mind could conjure up next. To say

    didn’t disappoint is a true understatement. Not since . . . . .

    Have I enjoyed a Red Riding Hood retelling so much.

    Immune to a plague that has decimated the population, Red knows her only hope is to make it to Granny’s cabin – a place she is certain she and her brother can survive this end of days. But the getting there is the hard part. The road less traveled is a must as they trek across country, and the dangers waiting in the woods are plentiful.

    When it comes to Christina Henry, there’s only one thing to say . . . .

    ):

    Who do I have to cut in order to get a copy of this? Name the name and I'll do it ; )

  • megs_bookrack

    Red needs to get to Grandma's house, her life depends on it, but this is no fairy tale landscape she is traveling through.

    This is a post-apocalyptic war zone where a highly contagious disease runs rampant and has decimated the population. Channel

    vibes...

    The world has always been a dangerous place, but now more than ever, with enemies around every corner. Most people have been rounded up into quarantine camps but Red would rather take

    Red needs to get to Grandma's house, her life depends on it, but this is no fairy tale landscape she is traveling through.

    This is a post-apocalyptic war zone where a highly contagious disease runs rampant and has decimated the population. Channel

    vibes...

    The world has always been a dangerous place, but now more than ever, with enemies around every corner. 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 books 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.

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    Well ok, that was something different from what I have been reading lately and I have been reading something different quite a bit.

    The Girl in Red is an entertaining yet a little horrifying and creative, post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood. Christina Henry is known for her retelling of fairy tales and this is a first for me. I am now curious about some of her other retellings.

    I do secretly like post-apocalyptic stories and I have read a couple of them in the past but not

    Well ok, that was something different from what I have been reading lately and I have been reading something different quite a bit.

    The Girl in Red is an entertaining yet a little horrifying and creative, post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood. Christina Henry is known for her retelling of fairy tales and this is a first for me. I am now curious about some of her other retellings.

    I do secretly like post-apocalyptic stories and I have read a couple of them in the past but nothing like this one. I was pleasantly a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

    The Little Red Riding Hood here is this tale is far from helpless and the wolf is terrifying. Our main character Red is clever, brave, resilient with a strong personality and not afraid to show everyone just how strong it is. She is unique and entertaining with her sharp tongue and references to post-apocalyptic movies and books. We see a few different sides to Red here in this tale making her an interesting character.

    The tale is told is dual timelines with before and after timelines creating tension and suspense to the story that had me turning the pages to find out how all this was going to wrap up. The ending came together well for me however stretch things a little over the top for me and I had to remind myself it’s a retelling of a fairy tale. Some things don’t really wrap up here as a lot was left unanswered and I do think it all works here since fairy tales don’t really need answers. I highly recommend!

    Thank you to Elisha from Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read something I won’t normally pick by providing me with a complimentary copy of this tale.

  • 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-apocalyptic rete

    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.

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Gripping, action-packed & frightening!

    THE GIRL IN RED by CHRISTINA HENRY is a creative retelling with a kickass heroine and non-stop action that immediately captured my attention. I do believe that this is my very first retelling and what a way to start it all off with this book. I see more retellings in my future!

    CHRISTINA HENRY delivers an interesting, terrifyingly dark, gruesome, and heart-pounding nightmarish tale here that was quite the entertaining, fast-paced, and well-wr

    Gripping, action-packed & frightening!

    THE GIRL IN RED by CHRISTINA HENRY is a creative retelling with a kickass heroine and non-stop action that immediately captured my attention. I do believe that this is my very first retelling and what a way to start it all off with this book. I see more retellings in my future!

    CHRISTINA HENRY delivers an interesting, terrifyingly dark, gruesome, and heart-pounding nightmarish tale here that was quite the entertaining, fast-paced, and well-written read. Red was such a refreshing and fabulous heroine! I loved everything about her character.

    The tale is told from Red’s point of view in a before the apocalypse and after the apocalypse timelines which definitely created lots of tension and added to the suspense.

    * Traveling Friends Read *

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: Intriguing, eye-catching, suspenseful, foreboding, freaky, frightening and a fitting representation to storyline.

    Title: Intriguing, classic, and fitting representation to storyline.

    Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging and readable.

    Plot: Fairy tale retelling, fast-paced, intense, exciting, danger, compelling, suspenseful, action-packed, fabulous heroine, and gripping.

    Ending: An action-packed, thrilling, bittersweet and an unresolved or open ending that came together really well for me and left me feeling quite satisfied. Of course I was left with a few unanswered questions though which I do believe works extremely well for a retelling of a fairy tale.

    Overall: I was thoroughly entertained with this post-apocalyptic take on the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”. Would recommend!

    Thank you so much to Elisha from Berkley Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this tale.

    Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Damn it to hell!!

    I loved the authors Alice book and I love the hell outta this book cover!!! I put off reading it in case it was going to be more bullshit about my wolves (red riding hood lied, I own the shirt) but I borrowed the audio from the library just to see. I was thinking I would love it when it started out with a prosthetic leg Red taking out a jerk with an ax.

    Then.... it starts that bullshit I hate in books these days and some people were so annoying I wanted to dnf the book. Sigh...

    Damn it to hell!!

    I loved the authors Alice book and I love the hell outta this book cover!!! I put off reading it in case it was going to be more bullshit about my wolves (red riding hood lied, I own the shirt) but I borrowed the audio from the library just to see. I was thinking I would love it when it started out with a prosthetic leg Red taking out a jerk with an ax.

    Then.... it starts that bullshit I hate in books these days and some people were so annoying I wanted to dnf the book. Sigh..... That being said, I did enjoy a few of the other characters and that bizzarre outcome.

    Happy Reading!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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