Book Review: The Girl in Red by Christina Henry | More2Read
 

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry


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 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….


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Praise for The Girl in Red:
“Satisfyingly upends the familiar tale of a clever girl, a dangerous wolf, and a brave savior, and folklore fans will enjoy this bloody near-future variation on a familiar theme.”
—Publishers Weekly

Review:

Flawed character Red in need of safety and shelter from the…

“You’re a wolf and I’m a hunter. I’m no Red Riding Hood to be deceived by your mask. I know what you are.”

“She was just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that didn’t look anything like the one she’d grown up in, the one that had been perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.”

And

“Red would not be a hunted thing.”

You either care for Red or not, that factor, the empathy will have you reading along with all the world topsy turvy with her survival key. Reader please consider this is not nonfiction narrative or treatise on worlds demise, so naively walks along care about the character and road more than facts, reality and details.
I loved the road, conflict, and struggle of Red.

I am considering maybe Red of the fallout or apocalypse would be a good title.
Just wanting to get to grandmas house and possible safety some may fall in the swing of her axe, men, wolves.

Wolves made into bad one of the tale in past and the real wolves of the earth, beautiful creatures in existence and not yet in extinction, ones essential in life’s cycle, the real walking one with four legs, love the wolves and please give them some love and no mislabeling or misrepresentation.



Christina Henry is the author of Alice, Red Queen, Lost Boy, The Mermaid, and the national bestselling Black Wings series, featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle.


 

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 28 June 2019