Friday, May 24, 2019

#Review - The Girl in Red by Christina Henry #SyFy #Apocalyptic

Series: Standalone
Format: E-Galley, 304 pages
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic

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….

Story Locale: Post-apocalyptic America

Author Christina Henry's The Girl is Red is a post-apocalyptic interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood. Red is a young woman of mixed-race ancestry with a prosthetic leg who is a fierce opponent for the fallen world's wolves. When the world is hit with a plague called the Cough, Red has designs on making it 300 miles to her Grandmothers house. In doing so, she will have to fight off not only other humans, but militias that kidnap women and children, and an army that carries classified information about really happened.

In the apocalypse, everyone should stay together no matter what. That is what Red learned over the years. But, Red hasn't even begun to witness the true horrors of what happens when nobody is around to witness the transgressions of those with agendas, and those who are just trying to survive at another persons life. With her distinct red sweatshirt, and her trusty axe, Red must travel through forests, over interstate highways that are breeding ground for rogue elements, while staying away from so called camps that everyone still alive is supposed to report to.

Red knows the camps are a bad place. It's a place that the so called Cough can easily spread from person to person. But, she isn't so cold that she will leave 2 innocent children behind to their own devices. Come hell or high water, Red is going to make it to her Grandmother's house even if it means killing every single bad wolf that crosses her path. This is a story that alternates between the present and the before as readers get a look at what happened to the country. Henry comes back to what she knows best; stories with twists on original stories like Alice and Lost Boy. But, there is a caveat. Once again, an author attempts to insert views on certain political agendas which just get in the way of the enjoyment of this well-plotted, swift-paced story of survival.

No comments:

Post a Comment