Author: Christina Henry
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Horror
Date Published: June 18th 2019
Page Count: 363
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
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 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….
Cover Design ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really loved the cover. I love how inspired it was by Red riding hood and I certainly love the other cover just as much.
Red; she was pretty much prepared for just about anything. Any possible outcome, she would have already thought of it. Any possible explanation, she would have researched it. She was ultimately a ‘know-it-all’ who seemed to look down upon those who weren’t prepared. At times this could be incredibly irritating but overall, I didn’t hate her character, I actually enjoyed myself being inside her mind. It was interesting and surprisingly chaotic at times.
The side characters were also well presented. Although some of them I found rather annoying, the ones I really did enjoy I couldn’t get enough of.
As soon as the story started, you were thrown into a wild ride, it was fast-paced and I wasn’t mad at it for being so. It definitely wasn’t as gruesome as the prompt makes it out to be, but there are certainly parts where it does live up to some expectations.
The story itself, this was where my real issues lay and why I couldn’t give it more. I wanted more. When I finished, all I thought was “is that it?”. I wasn’t satisfied by the ending. It felt unfinished and I needed that little extra to be content. Things I wanted to understand were left unexplained. Give me answers!
Writing Style ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I enjoyed the writing style. It wasn’t too over descriptive and it captivated my attention. The narration was amongst my favourite parts of the book and is the reason why I kept reading on, I binged this book in a few days.
Overall, It was an average story with an average ending. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad. It was good. I am curious to read more from the author in the future, dark retellings are my kind of thing!