Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Release Date ~ 4/24/12
Format ~ ARC
Publisher ~ Greenwillow
Source ~ Publisher
Purchase: The Book Depository
Everything is in ruins.The best way to describe Griffin's debut is unusual. The moment I heard of Masque of the Red Death I was drawn in by the retelling of the Poe classic and the bleak dystopian landscape depicted. The reason why it's unusual is because the way the dystopian is depicted.
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.
The thing I loved the most about Masque of the Red Death was thew world created by Griffin. People die of the plague that has decimated earths population every day in a wasteland New Orleans where only the rich can purchase the masks that will save them from the contaminated air. Though it was so bleak, it was also written wonderfully! Every detail was very precise, which helped enrich the steampunk aspect of the novel.
The one thing that was disappointed me in Masque was Araby. I felt like we barely scratched the surface her. We didn't actually get to know her that much, and that bothered me. When I read, I want to get know and feel for the characters. I was able to do neither of those in this book.
Masque of the Red Death is very fast paced and full of action! I complain a lot about pacing and lack of action, but Bethany Griffin's debut is anything but!
Dark, fast paced, and very enjoyable, I can't wait for more from Griffin!
Cover Comments: This cover is gorgeous! The swamp background is great, and I love how her dress is red (like the red death).