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Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Synopsis: Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her

Review:  Masque of the Red Death is a deliciously dark dystopian novel and although it's not really a re-telling of Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Masque of the Red Death,' it definitely has some poe-esque qualities to it. I enjoyed reading this book because it was so very dark. Our main character Araby Worth deals with some very serious topics including suicide, drugs and death. Griffin paints a very grim portrait of the world Araby is forced to live in. She is constantly subjected to the images of the dead being tossed in carts and then carried away. In order to keep clear of the contagion that is spreading she must wear a mask shaped like a doll face. When we first meet Araby she is content with being drugged into oblivion. She is seemingly careless and free until we realize that her need for oblivion stems from something darker in her past. There were a few things I didn't like. At times I felt like Araby's character was to passive aggressive and she seemed too trusting and too pleasing when it came to other people besides her mother and father. April (Araby's best friend) was a little annoying but I'm glad that towards the end we really see her character grow. I really liked Will he's complicated enough to make him seem real and Elliott also made a fantastic character. I'm glad that the love triangle wasn't overbearing to the story. It was handled well and by the end I was glad to see how the tension really grew. I am definitely looking forward to the next book. There was far too much set up at the end and a couple of loose ends, there has to be a book 2! (At least I hope ) Overall, this is my first Dystopian/Steampunk/Sci Fi novel and it was well worth the read! If you're a fan of the dark, dreary and sometimes insane then I think you'll like Masque of the Red Death.

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