Red was not some movie superhero any more than the man was a movie villain. She was just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that didn't look anything like the one she'd grown up in, the one that had been perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago....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....She had to get to her grandmother, and she still had a very long way to go.
I love this apocalyptic version of Little Red Riding Hood! Henry's writing is amazing, and I especially love Red (whose real name is Cordelia). And because so many people have already reviewed this book, I'm not going to try and summarize the plot; I'm just going to tell you a few of my favorite things about Red:
- She hates black licorice and wet socks (as do I!)
- When she was packing her evacuation bag, she included two books because "the apocalypse would be a lot more pleasant with Robin McKinley along." (I so agree!)
- She has her own set of Apocalypse Rules gleaned from a lifetime of watching and reading apocalyptic movies and books.
- She's cynical, practical, stubborn and tough. (And if she were a character in a horror movie, she'd be the girl who survives at the end.)
- She doesn't let the fact she has a prosthetic left leg stop her from doing anything.
- She always has a plan.
- She has an ax, and she's not afraid to use it.
I've already added this book to my to-read list. I'm glad it has received many good reviews. :)ReplyDelete
I think you'll like this one, too.Delete
This book sounds awesome! An apocalyptic Little Red Riding Hood retelling? Yes, please!ReplyDelete
Henry's take on classic stories is always so unique. I love her writing.Delete
I'm so glad you liked it! It is one of my favorites of the year. :)ReplyDelete
It's one of my favorites, too! :DDelete
I love the sound of this one! Off to reserve a copy. :)ReplyDelete
You'll have to let me know what you think of it!Delete
I loved this one! And finally someone who mentioned hating wet socks- I've read so many fantasies or stories with people who trudge through rivers and whatnot and they never mention how uncomfortable wet feet can be, especially when traveling overland! Haha it's the little things! :)ReplyDelete
I also loved her Apocalypse Rules.
Her Apocalypse Rules are great! And you're right, it is the little things that elevate books and characters. :)Delete
I remember this from when jenclair reviewed it. It does sound great! I also hate black licorice! :DReplyDelete
:D Funny the things we have in common, isn't it?Delete
I'm not a great fan of licorice either! I would need an apocalypse suitcase to pack all my favourite books! I haven't read this one but I did enjoy Black Wings by the author, another series I need to finish!ReplyDelete
Yeah, I don't think I'd be able to narrow my book choices down to just two...even in an apocalypse. :)Delete
Red packs books for the apocalypse? LOVE IT!ReplyDelete
Right? I loved that, too. :DDelete
I have to get to this one and yep, no black licorice for me either! I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one. I'm sure I will as well.ReplyDelete
The only thing that would have made it better is if she'd had a dog. ;DDelete
I've been meaning to pick this one up somewhere for weeks and keep forgetting about it, so thanks for the review. I really love that cover.ReplyDelete
Oh, and I hate black licorice, too.
It seems like there's enough people who hate black licorice that we could start a club. ;DDelete