Masque of the Red Death

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Masque of the Red Death

Bethany Griffin introduces a very unique take on Edgar Allen Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, and her take is awesome!! This slightly steampunk rendition, will not disappoint its readers and the twists and turns will keep them guessing. I found the masks that the characters wear to be slightly creep-tastic, but completely awesome at the same time. Communication and body language has changed because of the masks, with part of the face hidden you have to rely on the movement of eyes, eyebrows, and cheeks.

Araby understands how the world of Prince Prospero works, he has full control over everything and one wrong move could leave you dead, but is he worse than the disease that is ravaging the city? Everyone who can afford a mask wears one to keep out the contagion that is wiping out most of the people in the city. Slight plague-esque there is no cure or escape from the disease. Araby tries to drown her misery, and loss over her brother by spending large amounts of time at the Debauchery Club. While there she meets Will, the perfect guy in a world that is falling apart. Araby is brave and she can gather empathy from the reader in a way that is hard to explain. It is truly touching.

Griffin does a fantastic job of highlighting the best parts of Poe's work. This post-apocalypic dystopian novel is a keeper!

Book Blurb for Masque of the Red Death

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 around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery akeup . . . 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 is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

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

A post-Apocalyptic reimagining of Poe's gothic horror story of the same name

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2012 4.00