Red River is the follow up to Tent City and follows the continuing story of Dani, Brody, her parents, Bentley, Jack and others that she's managed to meet and gather together along her adventures.
Red River starts right after Tent City finished with their journey back into the hills to hide from The Council and Burke (who now has Jack). Dani starts to worry about Brody after seeing another 'plague' and starts wondering whether what they've been told in the past is true. She becomes very protective over him, almost to the point of obsession. She even stops her mother from cutting his hair so that his birthmark wouldn't show. In this she becomes more of a mother towards him and if there were ever any issues/questions regarding him people would automatically turn to her first. In this book and in this way you can see her maturing/growing up in a way that is very nicely written.
This book takes you on a journey with Dani, through a roller coaster of emotions ranging from despair to addiction to anger. Each of them is very well written so that you can completely empathize with her and each situation that she finds herself in.
There were several things that I loved about this book. I loved her developing friendship with Hannah, who stepped into the 'Kit' role extremely well. Hannah also seemed to really 'get' Dani and (in my opinion) was drawn to her and not just because of her 'advancement'. Their friendship, for me, was one of my favourite things about this story and showed another side to Dani's character.
I also loved the advancements that started to become more apparent in this book. I thought that fact that each person had an opposite was genius! This part took the story down a more supernatural direction which was unexpected but at the same time it worked.
The main aspect of this story that I loved more than anything else was the triangle between Dani, Bentley and Jack. With most triangles of this kind I always make my mind up straight away who I prefer or 'ship' as most people call it. However, with this one I was so torn over both of them - just like Dani was. It wasn't until she made a decision that I realised I had already made up my own mind as to who she should be with - my reaction took me by surprise as I was totally against what she decided to start with and wanted to yell at her that she'd made the wrong decision. I found that very impressive - how Kelly had drawn me in without knowing what was happening. And to have the reaction that I did completely shocked me - I was obviously more invested in these characters than I initially thought.
As with Tent City I also enjoyed the blurb at the back of the book from Kelly and was really interested to see which music had inspired this book. 30 Lives by Imagine Dragons was the perfect soundtrack to so many points in this book, Little Talks also fit very nicely and who doesn't love Billy Idol!
All in all a very enjoyable book with a satisfying conclusion and plenty of twists along the way to keep you interested and lots of characters to get invested in.