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Having read all of Christina’s previous books — which i’ve extremely enjoyed — i had very high hopes for this book: alas, it was not to be.
So “Red”, our protagonist and narator, is on a journey to her Grandma’s house across several hundred miles of the USA after a coughing plague has culled nearly all the people: basically it’s a post-apocalyptic survival story.
And the whole book is taken up with the first half of this journey until there’s an endoparasitoid-bursting-out-the-chest-thing — WTF!!! Remember Alien and Sigourney Weaver? Yeah, that’s what an endoparasitoid-bursting-out-the-chest-thing is.
The army turn up and the soldier guy who chases the endoparasitoid-bursting-out-the-chest-things admits to Red that the government made it in a lab. He lets Red carry on with her journey instead of taking her to the quarantine camp, and in a few pages Red arrives at her Grandma’s. It’s like the second half of Red’s journey didn’t happen, like she was just magically transported to her Grandma’s. And no explanation as to the endoparasitoid and why the government would make such a thing.
And it’s this one single, silly, ridiculous idea of an endoparasitoid thrown into the story with no purpose whatsoever that completely ruins the book — and also the second half of Red’s journey being skipped over as though it didn’t really happen, or was in a completely different world to the first half.
We don’t even get to know how Grandma has been surviving or anything.
Basically, the ending is utter garbage and totally ruins the whole story. It’s just a total nonsensical ending.
It just left me which such a disappointment. This is far below Christina’s usual standard.
Ho hum: i suppose we all have to write something crap once in a while.
I was recommended this series by a pub friend, especially because I studied children’s literature. I’m struggling to finish this book. The character is extremely unlikeable and superficial. She’s both extremely bland and extremely cliched. It felt like the author had "my hero" complex when writing that book. Apart from that, bad writing. There are so many instances where I had to groan out load because the writing was either unbelievable, lazy or flat-out ridiculous. I couldn’t stop laughing at how Red was bonding with the gas station clerk over fascination about the most generic brand of ballpoint pens. Seriously??? I’ve heard that other books are better, so I’ll give the series the benefit of the doubt.
Love this author and eagerly waited for the new book... but found it lacking sadly. Quite slow a lot of brackets and introspective speaking... red riding hood held so many options for a writer of this calibre, like the Alice books, but unfortunate this one just didn't cut it for me.... still love the author but this one let her down sorry :(
Having read The lost boy, and Alice I was excited to read this. However this was disappointing compared to the others. I think the problem is that the other books are set in fantasy lands allowing you to suspend your disbelief and take you to a new world. This one is set in America and is very American. Also, the language has been dumbed down for its audience, not needed. Generally a fan of this author, just not this one.
I was really looking forward to this book after reading Alice, The Red Queen, and Lost Boy. I was sadly very disappointed in this from Christina Henry after really enjoying her previous books. The story has basically nothing to do with the original tale of Red riding hood, and it felt like it was a really pointless thing to even use it as a reference. This is a post apocalypse, virus destroying civilisation book that would actually have stood quite well on it's own away from a fairy tale source. It felt like a real waste to even reference red riding hood. It could have been an opportunity to explore the fantastical elements of the story rather than a bad ass woman fighting the system and the fall of her country. A real shame.
I was really disappointed in this book. It’s not a patch on Alice or The Red Queen. It feels a bit like it’s been reverse engineered for the (spoiler alert) “why grandmother, what big teeth you’ve got” line from the original fairy tale. There were many, many times when belief had to be truly suspended and much repetition regarding slopes and the issues they caused for the heroine.