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The Girl in Red

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  169 reviews
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 Crisi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Berkley
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Tracey Red briefly mentions that she has dated both men and women. It's basically said in passing. The author focuses a lot more on her mixed-race heritage…moreRed briefly mentions that she has dated both men and women. It's basically said in passing. The author focuses a lot more on her mixed-race heritage and the fact that she is an amputee.(less)

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Miranda Reads
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Who's the wolf in the woods now?
Red, a young woman on her own, is travelling through the forest in a post-apocalyptic world.
...they had watched in horror as town after town and city after city was decimated by this sickness, this mysterious terror that had sprung up...
"The Crisis" (as she calls it) has already ruined most of the world and nearly all of her family and now Red is alone in the world - almost.
Grandmas didn't die from stuff like that. Grandmas went on and on, enduring year afte
Hannah Greendale
It's like The Road by Cormac McCarthy went skipping through the woods to grandmother's house in this dystopian sci-fi retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood." Aside from a few hackneyed attempts to insert views on certain political agendas, this is a well-plotted, swift-paced story of survival. Red, a young woman of mixed-race with a prosthetic leg, is a fierce opponent for the fallen world's wolves.

Gruesome, outspoken, and forgivably predictable. The Girl in Red is a thrilling slasher.
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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PUB DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! If you were left feeling "meh" by The Mermaid, have no fear because Henry bringeth the darkness once again with this post-apocalyptic retelling : )

A review via giffery presented by Mitchell:

If you are anything like me, Christina Henry completely blew your mind when she proved in her darkly updated version of Alice In Wonderland that . . . . .

When she revamped Peter Pan . . . .

Mind = blown.

I was p
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read something a little different, and it really paid off!. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I’ve long wanted to read a Christina Henry book. I’ve even bought a couple for my shelf and just haven’t read them yet. I’m thrilled that The Girl in Red was my first because what a way to begin!

The Girl in Red is a post-apocalyptic spin on Little Red Riding Hood. It’s no longer safe to be in the woods. The creatures come out at night, and sometimes there are men worse than the creatures. Ever since the “Crisis” happened, the
"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."
With alternating timelines that reveal the decimation of the world, Red is our consistent main character who shows that being a woman in a man's ravaged world is her very underestimated strength. She doesn't need guns or an intimidating appearance or even all four limbs. She has serious smarts and fierce intuition. The Girl in Red is a violent, post-apocal
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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 thi ...more
Brenda - Traveling Sister
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Well ok, that was something different from what I have been reading lately and I have been reading something different quite a bit.

The Girl in Red is an entertaining yet a little horrifying and creative, post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood. Christina Henry is known for her retelling of fairy tales and this is a first for me. I am now curious about some of her othe
May 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
Thank you, Berkley Books -- you are too good to me!

ARC received and I couldn't be happier!!
Victoria ♡
Jan 01, 2019 marked it as interested
this is probably my most anticipated book of 2019, IM JUST SO EXCITED FOR IT!
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5/5 stars.

In this post-apocalyptic retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairy-tale, Red is an orphaned girl, traversing the new world alone, and the wolves that hunt her are human, but just as predatory.

After the Crisis decimated a large portion of the human race the few who survived were herded into quarantine camps, which only served as a breeding ground for the virus destroying the world we know. Red sought the freedom of the trees instead, choosing to rely on her
Feb 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
A Little Red Riding Hood retelling in a post-apocalyptic setting with THAT cover? I want this so bad.

I got it! I really want my exams to end so I can read this beauty!
Until three months ago, life was “normal,” but the Crisis changed all that and now Red has one goal, to survive in a world filled with the monsters the new world has turned loose.

THE GIRL IN RED by Christina Henry is a tale of survival, of violence and the true grit that the girl in the red hoodie has in spades as she traverses the post-apocalyptic world to reach the one place she considers a safe haven, Grandma’s house. But the forest hides more than wild beasts of prey, it now hides the uglies
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
Candace Robinson
So I just couldn’t get into this one like I have with Henry’s other books. I did like the character Red, but something about this story just didn’t grab at me. Maybe I’ll try again later.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Little Red Riding Hood takes on a new dystopian flavor in this awesome re-telling! Cordelia -- who prefers to be called Red -- lives with her parents and brother. Her life is relatively happy and more than a bit nerdy because both of her parents are college professors. Then....The Cough comes. Many, many people start to get sick....people start to panic....society begins to fall apart. It happens slowly, so Red prepares the best she can. She learns. She studies. She trains. And then the time com ...more
Ellen Gail
Christina Henry + postapocalyptic Little Red Riding Hood?

I am READY for it.
Christina Henry is well-known in the publishing world for her dark, apocalyptic retellings of some of our favorite fairy tales. Her Chronicles of Alice duology was widely received and her other works have been enjoyed by many fans for years. I always think a good retelling, mixed with a little horror and fantasy could be fun, but I never seem to feel connected to them. Henry's The Girl in Red changed that for me.

Cordelia, nicknamed Red, is on an mission to get to her grandmother's remote cabi
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-releases
OMG I GOT AN ARC!!!! *drops every other book she's supposed to be reading *
Becca | Pages & Postcards
DNF @ 30%.

Okay, this might be harsh, but I have a lot of thoughts. Be warned: ranting and spoilers ahead.

First of all, the info-dumping. Good god. There was so much background information bogging down the story, and yet none of it actually provided any real understanding of the plot or setting.

Second of all, Red is a very unlikeable character. She's a no-it-all, multi-talented teenager who is somehow able to out-fight and out-smart everyone around her. All of her convenient knowledge of medicine
❆Francesca (Mother of Cats) Selina❆
I adored her retelling of Alice, well, the first 2/3 of it: that ending still makes me spit venom....and don’t get me started on on how I wanted to pull out my teeth while reading Red Queen.
But this blurb looks SO good so I think I’m gonna give her another chance!
May 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review: This should have been titled, “Stumpy Red Riding Fail” or “A Post Pandemic Virtue Signalling Guide”.  The novel pretty much starts with the “Guns are bad” shtick. And I quote,“Red despised holding the gun, despised everything about it, hated how cold and hateful it felt in her hand.” Project much? I don’t know, it is hard for me to place a self-governing perspective on an inanimate object, but there you are.

The race baiting is off the charts and at one point I was thinking, “Just shut th
♛ Garima ♛
While I really loved 'Lost boy', 'The mermaid' failed to make any lasting impression on me. Still have high hopes for this - setting reminds me of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife which I also enjoyed greatly.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Girl in Red by Christina Henry is a post apocalyptic Little Red Riding retelling. Take a minute and imagine Red as a totally kickass heroine who just happened to be a doomsday prepper and the end of the world as we know it had begun….

Red, even though technically an adult now was still living with her parents when the news first began sharing stories of a new viral threat that was beginning. Folks would come down with a cough and soon they were gone without a cure in sight. Red knew what thi
The Girl in Red is a bold retelling of the classic fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood. This story is told from Red’s viewpoint and it picks up after the Crisis has devastated countless towns. The Crisis was caused by what was known as the Cough but no one knows where the Cough originated from and there is absolutely no cure. With the loss of life, comforts, and order, the world Red is thrust into is one of anarchy, barbarism, and destruction. You would think Red would be scared senseless but this ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was SO good!

This is a post apocalyptic little red riding hood retelling. I would probably class this as more horror than fantasy, which I was expecting.

It was very gorey and gruesome in places, so trigger warnings if you don't like blood, guts and death, but for me, it was just the perfect amount. Not too much, but not too little

I really liked the writing style of this book, it was really easy to read but also quite captivating

It was very fast paced, which was great, because it made me co
Leonie Byrne
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy of The Girl in Red in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Since the crisis came and decimated the population many people have fled to quarantine camps. But others, like Red have decided to take their chances in the wilds of the Woods. Desperately trying to reach her grandmother’s house, Red has some decisions to make, she has to survive whatever the consequences, she has to reach her grandmother’s house.

This was the first of Christina Henry’s bo
Missy (myweereads)
“It was never the event - illness, asteroid, nuclear war, whatever - that was the problem. It was what people did after. And people always reduced to their least human denominators when things went bad.”

The Girl In Red by Christina Henry is about a disease which destroys most of the U.S. population, Red and her brother Adam decide to try and reach their paternal grandmother, who lives over 200 miles away. Adam wants to join a quarantine camp, thinking it’s the only way to survive in this new wor
Jessica ☢ Spartan Ranger
Me: I should finish my other two unfinished books.
Also me: I should study for my exams.
Katrin D
Mar 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-july-2019
Excuse me, but this synopsis is criminally good.

How about someone get me a time machine?
Dec 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
Yes please!! I love her dark, gruesome retellings!!
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CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and B
“One thing Red had learned from years of reading and movie watching was that people were far scarier than any disease or zombie or alien or face-eating monster.” 1 likes
“Grandmas didn't die from stuff like that. Grandmas went on and on, enduring year after year, shriveled and worn but somehow ageless.” 0 likes
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