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 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….
Publication Date: June 18th 2019
Mention of Rape and Assault, Murder, Death, Gore, Mutilation, Sexism, Ableism, Colorism, Racism, Grief
I am going to my grandma’s house, and if you try to stop me I will slice off whatever I can reach and leave you here to bleed to death.
Do you know how hard it is to find a good retelling? Let alone a Little Red Riding Hood retelling?? So, of course I had to jump on this
the cover also didn’t help my restraint and… I was just left feeling a bit disappointed?? I don’t know, something just wasn’t clicking with me.
I mean, again, it’s a Little Red Riding Hood retelling where there’s an apocalypse and our Red (who not only has a prosthetic leg, but is biracial and bisexual!!!!) has to go through the woods to get to her Grandmothers house, all the while hacking men with her ax……. GREATNESS AMIRITE??
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.
But let me start with some positives: I really appreciated how Red’s prosthesis was handled, how it affected her, showing the limits she had while not making her seem less than. And there was a lot of thoughtless comments about not only her leg, but her being biracial as well, especially from her mother. Saying she wished she had good hair and making ableist comments… that shit hurt at how relatable that aspect was, but I appreciate how Red shut that down and proved people wrong repeatedly.
And Red as a character was okay. I rooted for her because she was our protagonist and she was generally likable, but did I feel a genuine connection with her? No. But I understood her action and I guess that’s all that matters. But she was a badass and I am always here for that.
The relationship she had with her family however, was complex. Like I mentioned above, Red and her mother had a rocky dynamic while her and her brother didn’t really get along and I weirdly liked that aspect of the story? Because families aren’t perfect, even in the face of the end of the world. They bickered and outright argued, they threw some barbs at each other and didn’t really apologize for them and that felt real.
The writing did take a bit to get used to; one minute there’d be some prose on how the apocalypse was closing in on them in the before chapters and next thing you know it’d go into relatable territory with Red’s inner voice. It wasn’t an issue honestly, just something to get used to.
But it also doesn’t help that this story was a bit predictable??????
A little pet peeve I had was Red getting all of her survival/apocalypse knowledge from movies/books?? And I kind of let it slide: I make a running joke that if the zombie apocalypse happens to become a reality, The Walking Dead has my back.
Yet, there’s a difference between general knowledge and being a know-it-all. No amount of movies and fiction will prepare you as much as Red was. Facts.
Look, I liked the story. Was I wowed like I anticipated??? No, sorry. I do want to try Henry’s other books, this definitely didn’t put me off from her previous works. Would I recommend for a quick read full of action and a bit
or a lot of blood and gore? Yeah, give it a shot.