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The Girl in Red

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,323 ratings  ·  618 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
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Published June 18th 2019 by Penguin Audio
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Miranda Reads

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 aft
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
Red needs to get to Grandma's house, her life depends on it, but this is no fairy tale landscape she is traveling through.

This is a post-apocalyptic war zone where a highly contagious disease runs rampant and has decimated the population. Channel Captain Trips vibes...

The world has always been a dangerous place, but now more than ever, with enemies around every corner. Most people have been rounded up into quarantine camps but Red would rather take her chances on the road.

Alternating between now
"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
Nilufer Ozmekik
4.5 rounded up 5 stars to an apocalyptic, dystopian , bloody, vulgar, harsh, nerve-bending, nail-biting, heart-throbbing version of Red Riding Hood! I never see this coming ! This author is more merciless and definitely wilder than Grimm Brothers and I literally devoured each pages but I’m still hungry for more!

This book is gruesome, reminds of us so many “The world is ending” and “ contagious virus” theme projects starting from Bird Box ( Just like movie version the two children accompany Red a
Norma * Traveling Sister
Gripping, action-packed & frightening!

THE GIRL IN RED by CHRISTINA HENRY is a creative retelling with a kickass heroine and non-stop action that immediately captured my attention. I do believe that this is my very first retelling and what a way to start it all off with this book. I see more retellings in my future!

CHRISTINA HENRY delivers an interesting, terrifyingly dark, gruesome, and heart-pounding nightmarish tale here that was quite the entertaining, fast-paced, and well-written read.
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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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Damn it to hell!!

I loved the authors Alice book and I love the hell outta this book cover!!! I put off reading it in case it was going to be more bullshit about my wolves (red riding hood lied, I own the shirt) but I borrowed the audio from the library just to see. I was thinking I would love it when it started out with a prosthetic leg Red taking out a jerk with an ax.

Then.... it starts that bullshit I hate in books these days and some people were so annoying I wanted to dnf the book. Sigh...
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 wa
Charlotte May
"People were far scarier than any disease or zombie or alien or face-eating monster."

THIS is the Christina Henry I love! I loved Lost Boy but didn't really think much of Alice or Red Queen so I felt this could go one of two ways. Thankfully it went the former and I was gripped!

Red is travelling to her grandmother's house in a post-apocalyptic world. A virus known as 'the cough' has swept the world and everyone is being rounded up and placed in quarantine camps. Red has no interest in being imp
Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
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 other retellings.

I do secretly like post-apocalyptic stories and I have read a couple of them in the past but nothing like th
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Red didn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she wasn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she was a woman alone in the woods.

Every now and then, you find a book that is so special, so incredible, has such a massive impact on your life that when you turn that last page, you think to yourself, This is what stories are supposed to do to us. This is how it’s supposed to feel. Friends, I am so pleased to tell you that The Girl in Red was absolutely one of those books for me.

Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark fairy tales
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Once upon a time there was a girl named Little Red Riding Hood. Her mother said to her one day, Red (she always called her Red for short except when she was angry and then it was "LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD GET YOUR ASS OVER HERE NOW"), Red, your dear grandmother is lonely and hungry and going through withdrawal. Here is a loaf of bread and 4 liters of vodka. Make haste and take them to her and be sure not to talk to any strangers on the way!" Red was pissed off because she wanted to stay home and p
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
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
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
Julia Ash
As a Little Red Riding Hood retelling, THE GIRL IN RED by Christina Henry earned 5 howling-great stars from me!

Twenty-year-old Cordelia, nicknamed Red, is a horror junkie. She knows every reason in the book why naïve people die during an apocalypse. That’s why she became a prepper. She has always known “Something Would Happen” and she has no intentions of being naïve or…dying.

So at the first signs of “The Cough,” Red finetunes her survival plan, convincing her family it is the only way to outsma
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
A retelling of a fairy story set after the apocalypse. Sounds weird but it did not surprise me as I had already read a book by this author called Alice. She excels at writing the gruesome and gory plus her book covers are brilliant! Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) by Christina Henry

The Girl in Red was not quite as good as Alice but it was still an excellent read. Red was a very interesting character indeed and it was so nice to read about someone who did NOT open that door or go down into that basement when it is obvious to everyone that woul
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

Survival, endurance, and more survival! Oh, and did I say survival yet?

This post-apocalyptic take on the Grimm's classic "Little Red Riding Hood" had little to do with a sweet little girl and her little basket of precious goods trotting through the forest to visit grandma's house. That is unless you want to parallel a world fallen to disease from a deadly virus, riots and armed patrol clashes, and a government cover-up as the stroll through the forest.

Red, yes she likes wearing a red sweat
In this post-apocalyptic retelling of 'Little Red Riding Hood', a young woman (nicknamed Red) flees her home to travel 300 miles through the woods to get to Grandma's house after a deadly virus simply called 'the Cough' wipes out most of the population. Along the way there are many wolves waiting for her in the woods but this young woman is smart and well prepared and not easily captured.

This fun, fast paced novel was a quick read. It does get quite gory in places, especially when Red wields her

Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
"The wolf said, "You know, my dear, it isn't safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone."

Red Riding Hood said, "I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid, worldview. Now, if you'll excuse me, I must be on my way.” -James Finn Garner, Politi
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Feb 24, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I liked this book a lot! I really had no idea that this book would be a post-apocalyptic story but I couldn't have been happier about that fact once I started reading. I see now that little fact would have been obvious if I had read the book's summary before diving in but I like to go into books as blinding as I can so I can be surprised. It worked well in this case. Once I started reading, I was completely taken with Red as she foug
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
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 know-it-all, multi-talented teenager who is somehow able to out-fight and out-smart everyone around her. All of her convenient knowledge of medici
Victoria ♡
Jan 01, 2019 marked it as interested  ·  review of another edition
this is probably my most anticipated book of 2019, IM JUST SO EXCITED FOR IT!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christina Henry has a knack for re-imagining popular fairy-tales and children's stories into darker reincarnations for adults.

The Girl In Red is the latest book to get the horror treatment and it doesn't fail to deliver on the creepy scale. Think Little Red Riding Hood set in a dystopian world bursting at the seems with danger and suspense torn straight form the pages of The Walking Dead with visual cues from Alien - yeah, it's that kind of creepy good.

The survival horror theme works perfectly,
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I must admit, I was drawn to the cover first, but the blurb pulled me eventually in. Red Riding Hood retellings are my favorite, especially if the WOLF is naughty and swoony. Of course that was NOT the case with The Girl in Red by Christina Henry but I didn’t expect that either.

The Girl in Red was my first book by Christina Henry.

Red, or Cordelia to her mother, was a great protagonist. Probably around 20, she was mixed race, wearing a prothesis on her leg, and the very opposite of a damsel in di
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

First of all, it’s always a joy to read the gritty retellings of fairy tales by Christina Henry, and The Girl in Red captured my attention in particular because of its slightly different approach. Whereas the novels of the Alice duology and Lost Boy took place in a more abstract and fantastical context, this one felt relatively more realistic and urban in a “zombie apocalypse” kind of way, featuring a family’s fight for su
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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.” 5 likes
“Grandmas didn't die from stuff like that. Grandmas went on and on, enduring year after year, shriveled and worn but somehow ageless.” 3 likes
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