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I liked this book a lot! I really had no idea that this book would be a post-apocalyptic story but I couldn't have been happier about that fact once I started reading. I see now that little fact would have been obvious if I had read the book's summary before diving in but I like to go into books as blinding as I can so I can be surprised. It worked well in this case. Once I started reading, I was completely taken with Red as she fought to survive in a terrifying world. I really had a fantastic time with this book!
There is a virus, known as the Cough, that is wiping out much of the population. Red's family is safe but they don't know how much longer things will stay that way. They decide that the best course of action is to travel by foot to Grandma's house since she is pretty isolated. Red is prepared and ready for the challenge. Her parents and brother are not nearly as eager to start the journey.
Red is an amazing character. She lost her leg in an accident when she was younger and now uses a prosthetic leg. Others often see her as disabled or crippled but Red knows she is very capable. She is also very aware of how things are different for her. I really liked the way that we got a glimpse into what life would be like with a prosthesis. The way that maintaining balance, dealing with difficult terrain, and fatigue were worked into the story was expertly handled. I also really liked the fact that Red is biracial. Racism does play a part in this story and I hated what Red and her family had to deal with.
I really thought that this book was exciting. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, things would happen that made me doubt everything. This book did such a great job of keeping me guessing. I think that the way that the story was laid out worked well. We see things from Red's perspective at the beginning of the crisis and also much later on. I thought that by alternating these two points in time they both seemed just a bit more powerful.
I would highly recommend this book to others. This was a thrilling story with an incredibly tough and intelligent heroine. There were lots of twists and turns that kept the pages turning through Red's tragedies and triumphs. I can't wait to read more from Christina Henry!
I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.
This was really pretty awesome! I really had no idea what this story would be about but I did not expect an apocalyptic story but I was excited once I realized that was what it was. I loved Red. She was such a determined and capable character. I thought it was great the way that she had a plan for everything. There were a lot of surprises in this book and I really just had a great time with it.