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Masque of the Red Death Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 24, 2012
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“Luscious, sultry and lingeringly tragic, this story has my heart. I can’t stop thinking about this tale of a broken world held together by corsets and clock gears. Araby’s voice stays with me even now, making me wary of the air I breathe.” (Lauren Destefano, author of WITHER)
“Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death is gorgeous, compelling, and achingly romantic.” (Suzanne Young, author of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL)
About the Author
Bethany Griffin is the author of Masque of the Red Death. She is a high school English teacher who prides herself on attracting creative misfits to elective classes like Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, and Speculative Literature. She lives with her family in Kentucky.
Top Customer Reviews
"Masque of the Red Death" tells the story of Araby Worth, who lives in a world plagued by contagion and death. Bodies fill the streets as cities slowly disintegrate along with humanity. Death is emanate, except for those lucky few who possess ceramic, air filtering masks. But even those who have been lucky enough to survive thus far have few things to live for. As a result, many individuals, including Araby Worth, spend their days seeking oblivion in night clubs, chasing highs to escape their lows. It is in such a club, known as Debauchery, that Araby meets two individuals who will change the course of her life.
While I'm sure that the summary may sound trite, rest assured that "Masque of the Red Death" didn't befall to the typical YA pitfalls. There is so much to soak in while reading this story. It is gloriously atmospheric. I was wholly entrenched in this plague ridden universe. I had a clear mental image of dress and those coveted, life saving ceramic masks. And there were many times I wanted to jump into the shower as I read of plague and puss. Moreover, I loved each of the characters. There were such a refreshing change of pace with their drug habits, manipulative cunning, and most importantly, desperation. Even the love triangle, which would typically create an impulse to bang my head against the wall, was exceptionally well done. It wasn't forced, and made perfect since for each of the characters. My only regret is that I read this via an ARC. Now I have to wait even longer to begin the next installment.
Araby, the daughter of the scientist who created the masks, goes where she wants whenever she wishes. She spends her evenings at the Debauchery Club with her friend April, niece of Prince Prospero (the villain in this tale). Though the people suffer, the Prince does nothing but send out his soldiers, killing any infected persons. Prospero feasts in his castle, safely behind his walls (this is where the Poe influence comes in). One night, the bouncer at the club finds Araby in a drugged stupor, and decides to help her. The two grow close over the story, as Araby finally finds something to goad her out of her sadness and self-hatred. Since Araby's brother died of the sickness, she has had nothing to live for, preferring to wander through existence in a drug-induced haze.Read more ›
The main character, Araby, had lost her brother early on in life and blames herself. She pledges never to experience anything that her brother never had a chance to. Although she may come off as a pleasure-seeker, Araby hides her loss behind a devil-may-care attitude. The reader will certainly want to shake her at times, but she is also a sympathetic character. There is a bit of a love triangle in this book. There is Araby's best friend, Alice's, brother and a boy who saves Araby from her drugged revelry. Both have been deeply affected by the Plague, but the two are very different. Elliot, Alice's brother, is ruthless, but he shows some weakness when it comes to Araby. Will is more of a white knight, the reader will have a hard time choosing who to root for.
The plot was fast-paced. The reader follows Araby through a Plague-stricken world, a world she could possibly affect for the better. Araby meets the "Prince" Prospero, Alice and Elliot's uncle, she realizes that things must change. The time she spends in his castle will introduce the reader to a whole new Araby; she matures throughout the book. The ending is both surprising and will leave the reader wondering about what happens next. Author Bethany Griffin manages to effortlessly combine both the steampunk and dystopian genres, mix the two with romance, intrigue, mystery, and action and produce an amazing book. This book is recommended to young adult/teen/adult readers.
*Complimentary copy received for review, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At first, I wasn't too crazy about the protagonist, but she began to grow on me. I did like this book about earth, I think, in the future. I look forward to the next installment.Published 4 months ago by KWarner
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Why did I give it 2 stars? because I got through the book. So, We’ve all read the Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, or at least most of... Read more
Plot: Masque of the Red Death caught my attention immediately with it's glitzy lifestyle and obvious class division. Unfortunately, the charm wore off by the fourth chapter. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amber Elise @ Du Livre
AAAAGHHHHHH I LOVED THIS BOOK. Gorgeous, disturbing atmosphere. Beautiful, believable, desperate love triangle with more layers than just OH I THINK I LOVE HIM BUT MAYBE I LOVE... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Julie Hutchings
It has A cool plot but can get a little boring. This was a book I could put down.Published 13 months ago by lindsay
This book is really good. It is different. It stuck with me for two years until I could find the next book.Published 16 months ago by carolyn
Sadly, I liked the idea of Masque of the Red Death a lot better than actually reading it. The plague has swept through the world, and those who are left must wear masks to filter... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Angie
I was amazing!!
I don't know how but it got to me fast when Araby almost died. she found true love with Elliot and the king or Prince was having party it is heart stopping