Thursday, June 14, 2012

Masque of the Red Death Review

320 pages

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.

This book was actually pretty strange but interesting at the same time. The world that Araby lives in is a depressing one, plague has taken over the city and you can only survive if you're rich enough to buy a mask. At the same time, if you're rich, your most likely escape is losing yourself in drugs and alcohol within the Debauchery Club. Araby lives with the rich but wants to help those who are suffering. Araby isn't a very strong character, she carries around a lot of guilt from the past and uses the Debauchery Club to escape from it. The love triangle between Will, Araby and Elliott is very intertwined and full of betrayal and passion. I didn't really get a complete sense of Will and Elliot as characters. The general information was there but I didn't feel a connection to either of them. The only thing I really didn't like is the general lack of action in this novel. Things happen quickly but it seemed too quickly at times without a real sense of something leading up to it. Other than that this is a great novel to pass the time with especially if you like dystopian novels.


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