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320 pages, hardcover
Available now (April 2012)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Review copy provided by publisher via Amazon Vine
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.
What do you do when your entire world is dying? Go party and shoot up! Woo! That’s what Araby and her BFF do, anyway. Hidden behind air-filtering masks, the girls try to lose themselves in music and guys and blot out the world.
Araby’s a sad case: her twin brother died because of her, her mother’s a basket case, her father’s a noted scientist with a secret, and she lives in constant fear of the plague and the prince who runs everything.
I’m not a fan of the love triangle in this one because Elliott is a jerk. Okay, I’m not a love triangle fan in the first place but I had a strong reaction to Elliott. Will, on the other hand, is sweet and caring. Sure, he has some bad secrets that could get Araby killed but his reasons were understandable. Elliott…meh.
With a beautifully dangerous setting and tragic characters, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH lives up to its Edgar Allan Poe inspiration and immerses its reader in a dying world struggling to survive.
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