Masque of the Red Death
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: REALLY LIKED
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.
Bethany Griffin makes her 2012 debut with a dark and mysterious gothic novel I highly recommend. Masque of the Red Death is set in a world where hope is a fantasy, and life is lived knowing you might be next to contract the deadly contagion.
The rich ride in steam carriages and attend nightly parties, showing as much skin as they can to pronounce themselves as clean, while wearing a mask to protect them at the same time. Araby Worth is the daughter of the man credited with saving humanity – the scientist behind the mask.
She lives with the rich, though she knows what its like to be poor, hungry, and in the dark. She knows what its like to lose someone too – and life will never be same for her now that her twin brother is dead. We see Bethany Griffin’s world through the eyes of Araby, all hazy and broken. We see the broken world she lives in through a kaliedoscope of mystery.
Masque of the Red Death is beautiful. The prose flows in a beautiful way. No one is seen as a good guy, and at the same time, no one is seen as the bad guy either. Everyone has their flaws and when we come to suspect a character, we are wrong. And as bleak as their world is, there’s a magical air to the way we see it through Araby’s eyes. Futuristic and historical at once, Masque of the Red Death is must-read for all fans of YA.
But that’s not all! Bethany Griffin was sweet enough to share with us her Top Ten Favorite QUOTES from MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH! Read on:
10. A platter sits in front of me. Four types of crackers fanned out like…well, a fan.
9. April’s eyelids are purple. His are blue like a bruise.
8. People whisper about the Debauchery Club in the tattered remains of genteel drawing rooms while they sip a vile substitute for tea from cracked china cups.
7. “You enjoy this more than you should,” he says softly.
6. My disorientation intensifies when my eyes focus on his. The tattoos, the dark hair. My heart speeds up. I think…I think…can a person’s heart stop if she is only seventeen years old?
5. I enter the club through a curtain of silver beads. I imagine sometimes that they make a beautiful sound when I move through them, but I have never heard even the tiniest clink. It’s like the secrecy of this place has seeped into the furnishings.
4. He takes another drag from his cigarette, leaving me with the impression of long, aristocratic fingers.
3. Elliott stubs out his cigarette and then lights a match. In the moment of illumination I can see that he isn’t wearing a mask. I’m not as shocked as I might have been a few days ago. He holds the match between his fingers and watches it burn.
2. In the years since we adopted the masks, we’ve become adept at reading the expressions behind them. Eyes and eyebrows are the best indicator. To know when someone is smiling, I rarely have to see his mouth.
1. He puts my blood into some sort of machine. It has clockwork parts, and a little brass knob, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t measure anything besides credulity.
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