Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
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….
About: The Girl in Red is a Post-Apocalyptic science fiction retelling written by Christina Henry. It will be published on 6/18/2019 by Berkley Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 304 pages. The genres are science fiction, retelling, and post-apocalyptic. According to Berkley’s website, “Our expertise in women’s fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/suspense makes us uniquely suited to introduce a new generation of popular novelists and to reinvigorate the publishing programs for established bestselling authors.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Girl in Red on 5/27/2019 and finished it on 5/30/2019 at 12:55AM. This book is a great read! I love reading the author’s other book called The Mermaid as well. I have heard Alice is another blogger’s favorite and I can’t wait to read it too. This book has a lot of narrative because the main character is traveling alone but her thoughts are interesting so it wasn’t all dull. The main character loves horror movies and she learns her survival skills based on it. I like how this book focuses on siblings not getting along but having to be around each other and their bickering. It’s more realistic than those siblings who goes above and beyond for each other. I’m not into horror stuffs so the horror movies and bits of death in this book is a bit gory personally for me.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Red (Cordelia), 20 as she navigates through the woods on her way to see her grandmother with a prosthetic leg no less. It’s during dangerous times, 3 months after the Crisis and she’s traveling alone on her own among the sick and the rapist. She has an ax with her for protection and her intelligent to keep herself from getting killed. After the first chapter, the story goes back to before the apocalypse where Red lives with her professor parents and older brother Adam. Red likes camping and as soon as she’s aware of the sickness, she prepared herself for survival even when her family hesitated or believed the government will save them. The book is organized by having each chapter before the apocalypse and the next chapter after the apocalypse.
The Girl in Red is very well written and a fast paced read. I like the diversity in this book and how an American kid craves eating kim chi. I don’t like how Red’s parents are so unprepared for the future when they are educated professors but I’m glad that their ending were meaningful. The organization of this story is excellent because it creates opportunity for conversations. As much as I enjoyed Red’s thoughts, I don’t want to spend too much time in it. I like Adam, Sirois, and Riley’s easy personality and fun humor. The ending is bittersweet and it’s up to readers’ imagination. I hope DJ has a happy ending though I would have liked to meet Red’s grandma. I like how the wolves are portrayed in this story and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, siblings who doesn’t always get along, diversity, humor
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Christina Henry is the author of The Mermaid, Lost Boy, Alice, Red Queen, and the national bestselling Black Wings series featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from Penguin’s Website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.