Monday, April 2, 2012
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
publish date: April 24, 2012
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.
I really like the YA post apocalyptic dystopian genre, but I'm really starting to get bored with it. They're starting to get entirely too formulaic. There's always an evil government plot, always a rebellion, always a deeply flawed female main character who gets involved with 2 gorgeous guys. How many recent books fit into that description?
On to this book in particular, there were elements that I did enjoy. I liked that the city was never named. It could be anywhere at any time. The editor said it was a mix between Paris and New Orleans. I could see the influences of New Orleans here and there. There were few reference points to help pin down a specific time period as well.
I'm not a big steampunk fan, but I liked the elements of it in this book. There were a interesting devices, but mainly I liked the fashion. Araby wasn't too much of a fashion victim, but her friend April was heavily in to the club scene, so her clothes were always interesting.
Once again this is obviously part of a series/trilogy, the ending was left hanging so any conclusion would have to come about in a future book.