Review: The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

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The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

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Published by: Titan Books
Released: 18th June 2019
Page Count: 320 Pages
Edition: Paperback
Rating: 2.5/5 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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....

Thoughts

Red is a young girl travelling alone in the woods. Ever since 'the crisis' came and demolished civilisation, those people who have survived have been fleeing to quaratines camps. These camps, however, serve as high breeding grounds for death and disease. Red is just trying to survive and make it to her Grandma's house in one piece. However, the woods is not a place for a woman who is alone.

Okay, so when I first heard about The Girl in Red I was instantly intrigued. I love a fairy tale retelling and the story of Red Riding Hood was one that I hadn't seen retold yet. I went in with slightly high expectations but was left feeling slightly disappointed. The book itself was nothing like I thought it would be and it was rather strange. However, as a lover of dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels I found the premise to be certainly, unique.

The uniqueness of the plot, as stated, was the main reason I kept on reading this. I found the idea of a deadly cough virus and also a creature destroying the population to go hand in hand with this kind of story. At it was quite fast-paced, with lots of action and this did keep my attention. Mind you, there were other parts that I just felt didn't add to the overall plot line at all and I did want to skim over them when I was reading. I also didn't feel satisfied when I finished the book. The ending was very rushed and there certainly could have been more story there. I was left feeling disheartened that there wasn't much that was explained at the end and this did bring my thoughts on the book down.

Red, was a highly diverse character - she's a POC, bisexual and an amputee which really made her stand out. I found her to be a highly determined woman who didn't let her disability get in her way - she's also the first character I have read in a book that has a prosthetic limb and this brought individuality into both the story and Red as a character. Nevertheless, I found her to be very hard to like. She's a 'know it all' who only wants to do things her way. She seems to think she knows everything, despite learning most of her knowledge of diseases, medicine and survival from TV shows and movies. I found her stubbornness to be quite grating at times and I still wasn't sure what to think of when I finished the book.

The Girl in Red was a highly unique, diverse, fast paced read set within this dystopian world. However, the character development, the rushed ending and lack of explanations brought my expectations down. Which, is a shame.

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