Title: The Girl in Red
Author: Christina Henry
Publication Date: June 18, 2019
Page Count: 302
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a post apocalyptic 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 came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.
There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.
Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods….
The Girl in Red by Christina Henry is a post apocalyptic Little Red Riding retelling. Take a minute and imagine Red as a totally kickass heroine who just happened to be a doomsday prepper and the end of the world as we know it had begun….
Red, even though technically an adult now was still living with her parents when the news first began sharing stories of a new viral threat that was beginning. Folks would come down with a cough and soon they were gone without a cure in sight. Red knew what this meant, even though they were in a small town her family wasn’t safe, if only she could get them to see it.
Red began training herself for a long walking journey knowing it would be tough with having a prosthetic leg from an accident as a child. She packed herself a huge backpack and knew just where her family should head, her grandmother’s house which was self sustaining and miles away from anyone. Red was determined to not be the victims she read about in all her fantasy novels, it would just be a matter of getting everyone to listen.
The Girl in Red was told from Red’s point of view in a now and before style picking up with Red on her journey and going back to before things got bad in America. Having read a lot of fictional world ending tales I just have to say what a breathe of fresh air it was to have a lead with intelligence and not doing exactly what they shouldn’t. A book like this usually will feel rather slow but this one actually never really felt that way with something always happening in both sides of the story so I flew right through it. Definitely would recommend checking out this creative retelling!
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
HRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.
Her newest novel, THE MERMAID (June 2018), is a historical fairy tale based on the P.T. Barnum Fiji Mermaid hoax.
She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.
She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
You can visit her on the web at http://www.christinahenry.net, facebook.com/authorChristinaHenry, twitter.com/C_Henry_Author, http://www.goodreads.com/CHenryAuthor and Instagram at authorchristinahenry