Monday, April 2, 2012

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

by:  Bethany Griffin
published by:
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. 


Linen and Silk said...

Sounds interesting!

Karen said...

I was really interested in this book until I realized it was the dreaded dystopian/trilogy/love triangle.
Like you I'm need a break from all that. It's not that the books are bad but I just can't keep reading the same thing. They start running together.
I have this book and I wi get to it but after I take a break from dystopian for awhile.

Autumn said...

You'd think YA publishers would get that it's been played out and maybe shake up the platform a bit...actually TRY to fit the entire story into one book for a change, or maybe finish it on alternate media or something. I don't know, but I'm frustrated with it.

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

Despite my hatred of love triangles, the Poe aspect is really piquing my interest and I will definitely be picking this one up. Of course I also read a lot of contemp so I'm not quite as tired of the repetitiveness of paranormal/dystopias yet.

UK said...

The beauty of Masque of the Red Death lies in its subtle brutality. The despair of the city's people. Helpless to care for those they cherish, all the while attempting to maintain a small spark of hope. No doubt about it, Masque of the Red Death is one gritty tale. And Griffin gloriously embraces the need for this grit. The honesty of what a disease / plague can do to a society and its people. Griffin does not shy away from taking us readers to the edge. Highlighting the gore as well as the beauty of the desolate area. Lights... Shadows... it is all here in Masque of the Red Death.

Unknown said...

This. Looks. Awesome! I love many of Poe's stories, and dystopias, and historical fiction, and steampunk...

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