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Redder Days

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Twins Anna and Adam live in an abandoned commune in a volatile landscape where they prepare for the world-ending event they believe is imminent. Adam keeps watch by day, Anna by night. They meet at dawn and dusk.

Their only companion is Koan, the commune's former leader, who still exerts a malignant control over their daily rituals. But when one of the previous inhabitants
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Published March 11th 2021 by Transworld Digital
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Amalia Gkavea
‘’In short, there was nothing to do but accept it. Let our fears and beliefs settle around it.
Red wind, red sun, red hurricane.
That’s when we start running.
But block your ears and stuff your mouth,
When you see the red man coming.’’


The world has changed. Or so a man would have us believe. The Storm is coming, a force unknown and unutterable that will sweep everything away. The leader of an uncanny community ‘discards’’ the ones cursed with the Red, people - mostly women - who are thought
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Neil
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
All credit to Sue Rainsford: she does not spoon feed her readers. Rather, she drops you into her world and leaves you to work out what is going on by piecing together the clues that emerge from the action and from the dialogue. There’s enough there to make this a perfectly manageable task, but don’t expect to be given all the answers. In fact, it’s not just the context that is left to the reader’s imagination: if you are the kind of person who likes books to tie up loose ends and draw stories to ...more
Paul Fulcher
Follow Me to Ground, Sue Rainsford’s debut novel, published in 2018 by the small, independent press New Ireland, was a striking inclusion on the longlist of the Republic of Consciousness Prize. My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Redder Days is her second novel, and will be published in March 2021.
It is set in an area where a disease of “redness” has struck nature including people, or at least as believed by a commune under the leadership of Koan:

A glimmer of puce in a woman’s eye
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Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Published today 11-3-21

The water turned a mouth that will swallow, uncomplaining, anything you can think to put inside it. Indiscriminate, salty and pure. The whales and their roaring flesh, a swarm with strands of lightning caught inside, a sister and her brother who have been waiting on red wind, red rain, red hurricane and I see it now, the red come through rushed with crimson rinsed carmine blushing ruby and puce rich with hum not wind and not rain and not the earth shaking only a woman s
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Louise Wilson
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Twins Anna and Adam live in an abamdoned commune in a volitile landscape where they prepare for the world-ending event they believe is imminent. Adam keeps watch by day, Anna by night. hey meetat dawn and dusk. Their only companion is Koan, the commune's former leader, who still exerts a malignat control over their daily rituals. But when one of the previous inhabitants returns, everything Anna and Adam knew to be true was thrown into question.


Anna and Adam are preparing for the world to end. Th
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Chris Haak
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I discovered Sue Rainsford! I loved Follow Me to the Ground an her new book Redder Days is almost as good. Redder Days deals with the abuse of power in a very scary way and it can be read as a very topical book as well when you think of corona. Rainsford is a wonderfully imaginative writer. She creates a world that at first look resembles ours, but appears to be quite different, stranger. She also leaves you guessing what exactly is happening and leaves lots of loose ends, so as a re ...more
Joseph
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Perhaps it’s because red is the colour of blood, the colour of infection, rashes and inflammations. Perhaps it’s because it represents danger. Or because it is so often a symbol for passions which some consider too risky, or too dirty, akin to a malady. The fact is that since Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, different authors have referenced the colour in the context of pandemic fiction – be it Jack London in The Scarlet Plague or Niccolo Ammaniti in the post-apocalyptic Anna.

Redder Days by S
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Kat
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, dark, dystopian
2.5 stars (coming out March 11, 2021)

**ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.**
#RedderDays #NetGalley

Pros: Rainsford's uniquely weird word choices where everything feels a bit off (great for a dystopian setting), red plague/infection dystopian, cult vibes

Cons: too many POVs (5+), 80% talk/reminiscing with only 20% action/current plot, incest between the brother-sister twins (which was NOT needed at all), confusion due to vague/subtle writing style (which I usually love--as in her previo
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Jasmine
I've tried to read reviews to see if I could find some kind of explanation of the point that I seem to have missed, but there's hardly anything. Redder Days is a book that I find hard to summarise. The dystopian elements remind me a little of Ness' Chaos Walking but, other than this, it's pretty much impossible to compare to anything else. What I can say about this book is that it is full of complex ideologies - devotions and the Storm, which I can only compare to the apocalypse - which are ulti ...more
Sinead
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was stunned while reading this entire book, underlining whole paragraphs to pick apart later. Sue Rainsford returns to the viscera in this compelling and uncomfortable piece of magic realism, using language so primitive and raw that I couldn't take my eyes away.

Twins Adam and Anna are living in a derelict commune, a commune they had been born into. They are alone there except for the commune's former leader, Koan. They live there waiting for Storm, what they presume to be the apocalypse. They
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Amy Imogene Reads
I was so impressed by Rainsford’s debut, Follow Me to Ground. Really looking forward to this one. Bring on the horrific speculative!
Lou
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redder Days is the sophomore offering from Rainsford and is an equally unsettling story of human endurance, corrupted power and the powerful influence both people and words can have over our thoughts and actions. Set within an abandoned commune that twenty-one-year-old twins Anna and Adam were born into, the siblings prepare for a prophesied world-ending event, until a previous inhabitant returns and forces them to question everything they were taught to believe by their enigmatic messiah Koan. ...more
Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books
If I could describe the experience of reading Sue Rainsford's work, I would liken it to standing in a woodland and having tree roots and vines creep around your body, enveloping and consuming you. There is something swampy and earthy about it; it is hypnotic and utterly mesmerising.

Redder Days follows the story of Anna and Adam, twins living on an abandoned commune in a volatile landscape, which has been devastated by an epidemic of "redness". It has taken over the world; affecting some lives, e
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Rosie Amber
Apr 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
3.5 stars

Redder Days is a dystopian tale set in a semi-abandoned commune; teenage twins Anna and Adam remain with ex-commune leader Koan. The commune is in an unknown setting but it is close to the shore and a forest, while much of the ground bubbles with volcanic disturbance.

Anna and Adam prepare for STORM; an end of the world prediction. Each day at dawn and dusk they kneel for devotion and prayer. Then Anna keeps watch through the night and Adam has the day shift. What they fear most is a re
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Mark Redman
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redder Days is a strange and powerful novel that I really enjoyed. It is a story about twins Anna and Adam who live in an abandoned commune. The landscape is volatile, their commune prepares for the world-ending event they believe is imminent. Adam keeps watching by day, Anna by night. They meet at dawn and dusk. Their only companion is Koan, the commune's former leader, who still exerts a malignant control over their daily rituals. But when one of the previous inhabitants' returns, everything A ...more
Mark Redman
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
Redder Days is a strange and powerful novel that I really enjoyed. It is a story about twins Anna and Adam who live in an abandoned commune. The landscape is volatile, their commune prepares for the world-ending event they believe is imminent. Adam keeps watching by day, Anna by night. They meet at dawn and dusk. Their only companion is Koan, the commune's former leader, who still exerts a malignant control over their daily rituals. But when one of the previous inhabitants' returns, everything A ...more
Wendy
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redder Days would instantly appeal to an audience that does not back away from the strange and unusual, as it’s certainly not your run-of-the-mill read.

Undoubtedly this is a book without boundaries, a place where surrealness shines down upon every page. Events explore the hidden wants, needs and demands of a new, malignant normal and appear to direct the story everywhere and nowhere simultaneously.

During alternating chapters time is gifted to each character and their unrestrained voices to share
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Sam
After absolutely loving Follow Me To Ground last year, I was very eager to get my hot little hands on Rainsford's new novel. I devoured Redder Days, but despite that, I was left not entirely satiated.

Don't get me wrong, Rainsford can WRITE. Her prose is just as beautiful here as in Follow Me To Ground. There's something almost intoxicating about the way she writes that makes her books nearly impossible to put down. It's whimsical and enchanting but dark and complex too. She also has a way of con
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Vivienne
My thanks to Random House U.K. Transworld Publishers for the invitation to read an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Redder Days’ by Sue Rainsford in exchange for an honest review.

I had enjoyed Sue Rainsford’s debut novel ‘Follow Me to Ground’ and so was excited to read this second work of literary horror with its dystopian overtones. I was also intrigued by the opening quote by Ana Mendieta, an artist whose work in nature I adore.

In respect to its plot: twins Anna and Adam live in an abandoned commune aw
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Wendy
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is just SO WEIRD. Spooky, creepy, dystopian and messed up. Just what I needed to effectively erase everything else from my overworked brain and just feel the sweet surreal suspense.

I was so incredibly excited for this book because of this author's first novel, Follow Me to Ground, which swept me off my feet with is spookiness. Turns out I loved Redder Days just as much.

Redder Days is a short, lyrical novel which you will want to read not just for the story, but also to devour the writing. It
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Amanda
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Mirror twins Anna and Adam keep vigil for the apocalypse in a commune abandoned by all but its former leader, Koan.

At times, the twins run so feral they no longer seem human. Elsewhere, Anna and Adam appear to be two sides of the same coin.

A mother’s stain lies at the heart of Redder Days. The stain and other apparent portents, including hawks and wolves, cast light (albeit shadowy) on the characters who interpret them. The novel addresses the oppression of women and those without a voice, and t
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Chloe
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Having loved Sue Rainsford's Follow Me To Ground, I was eager to start Redder Days. This novel follows the lives of twins Anna and Adam after their mother leaves them in Rainsford's characteristically poetic style. I loved the lyrical, otherworldly atmosphere Rainsford creates as the twins deal with the threat of 'the red' - it's an apocalyptic cult-like novel but not like I've read before. Sometimes the surreal strangeness can be difficult to unpick, but I let the unsettling, abstract descripti ...more
Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I went into Redder Days totally blind, having requested a copy purely for a cover click, and because I knew a pal had recently been approved for the eArc too. One chapter in and it's safe to say I had already became obsessed. I need to read everything Rainsford ever releases because her writing and storytelling really is captivating. Redder Days, a dystopian novel primarily following twins Adam and Anna, did leave me a little confused in places, but honestly I didn't even care, I was just along ...more
Nic
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Rainsford's Follow Me to Ground and was looking forward to reading her next book. I was lucky enough to have been offered Redder Days to review through NetGalley but upon finishing it I have mixed feelings. Rainsford's world building is just as vivid in this book and she does not hold the reader's hand as she drops them into her world. I found this novel was a slightly harder read than Follow Me to Ground but was certainly intrigued enough to keep reading as I wanted to follow the protag ...more
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
dnf - 35%

I could tell this book wasn't for me within the first few pages. Despite the beautiful writing, and the excellent atmosphere of Redder Days I found myself struggling to discern the point. Perhaps books where reality is shrouded in mystery, where you can't tell what's actually happening, aren't for me. The plot and characters slipped through my fingers and I felt no connection to either. The strength of Redder Days lies within its themes, but without anything to drive the story forward,
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Seher
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC!

I found Koan to be the most interesting character here. The weird religion he put together, while still being a scientist who saw this coming (and who was really good at his job) coupled with his misogyny makes it a really interesting read. He goes from being a tough leader to someone who seems to be delusional (and really really messed up in the head).

Ngl though, this was weird. While the imagery was haunting and it definitely isn't like a lot of other dystopia
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Gemma ♕ antari.and.the.books
I loved this book!

So weird! So wonderful! I love how you are dropped into the world and fed little morsels of the story to try and figure out what is happening, how everything came to be as it is, what the characters are doing and why etc.

The ending worked so well with the story too! I love that there was never any clear cut answers or solutions.

My absolute favourite thing about it all is Sue Rutherford's amazing writing. I am in love with her style and already cannot wait to see what she come
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Katie
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Andrew Casey
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Flat and round characters. This narrative works because character development comes through the story. Going between characters by scene changes as opposed to traditional chapters. Characters begin flat and become round as we learned from school. Not quite a case study as I enjoy more but besides any gripes this is a page turner. I will read her previous book soon and any other book she writes.
Melissa
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
A story built on shifting sands and incomplete facts, in a confusing world of unreliable narrators.
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Sue Rainsford is a fiction and arts writer based in Dublin. A graduate of Trinity College, she completed her MFA in writing and literature at Bennington College, Vermont. She is a recipient of the VAI/DCC Critical Writing Award, the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. When it was first published, Follow Me to Ground won the Kate O’Brien Award and was longliste ...more

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