Friday, May 18, 2012

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Publisher: HarperTeen: Greenwillow

Series: Masque of the Red Death (bk. 1)

Genera: Steampunk/dystopian

Subjects: Plague, masks, science, wealth

Length: 319 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Rating: êêê

My Review: Araby is the daughter of the very important scientist who invented the masks that prevent people from breathing in the virus. There a love triangle. And she wants to give masks to the poor.

For a book considered steampunk, it was pretty good. I don’t usually read steampunk, but this felt more dystopian. It still didn’t amaze me. It was not boring, but I have a difficult time getting into things when the main character seems depressed. I like 1st person present tense, but the characters weren’t interesting. I love the descriptions and the masks. It was sort of like an alternate New Orleans, except they called the alligators crocodiles instead. Crocs are only from Aussie I thought. Anyways, I love reading scary virus books, I just wasn’t crazy about the story line since it had very little action.

I recommend this to people who like steampunk, or like dystopian and want to give steampuck a try. It you love dark and lyrical books or love Poe, then this may be for you.

Cover Art Review: I love that it’s metallic and the title is rainbow. I love the typeface design. And the ragged cut pages are so cool!

~Haley G

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