Review From User :
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 are " he" and "she" just like Sandra Bullock call them), "28 days later", so much better version of Shymalan's "Happening" ( the situation of abandoned houses, stores with full of dead people), Sodenberg's "Contagion" and finally this is not the dystopian movie but as it is admitted on the book, the creature's technique of ripping apart of the people's abdomens is totally great tribute to Ridley Scott's "Alien"!
We have a remarkable heroine like younger but definitely rougher and tougher version of Sarah Connor( mostly the second movie and ore muscled version) meets girl version of Mad Max( let's say Maxine )!
When I was a child I have read too many Grimm Brothers' nightmarish fairy-tales and I was also disappointed about the naivety of red riding hood ( she cannot differentiate her grandma from a wolf, come on Red! Wear glasses!) but this super version of her , Red so smart, also intelligent ( a book worm, know-it-all kinda girl like Hermione Granger), a loner, isolated one because she has hard times to trust people completely. At more parts she makes you think she is the protector of her own family. She never acts like a young girl, she's old soul, always calculating every move, knowing how to use sharp objects, she's born as fighter and survivor.
Amazing heroine, gripping, fast paced story-telling, nonstop action capture your attention and hook you from the beginning. You don't want to put it down. ( I confess I let my husband feed me at the dinner when I was frantically turning the pages! At least I was having sushi )
For most parts of the book I wanted to raise my punch at the air and scream" Yessss! Atta girl!", some parts made my stomach churned, but at the end I can hear my own evil laughs because I enjoyed it.
Only the unanswered questions about the government experiments and the cause of the contagion a little disturbed my mind. But this book is about Red's story and her surviving fight to reach to her grandma's house.
I love the ending! Never ending action, thrilling, captivating, shocking parts. I already added gruesome versions of Alice and Peter Pan's stories. I need to read more from the author because I had so much fun!
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….