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 had no plans to read Masque of the Red Death. That is until a few weeks ago. Sometime around its release date something made me reconsider. See, I’m just not a fan of steampunk. I’ve never found one that I loved and eventually I just gave up. One thing I do love though is Edgar Allen Poe. So, that combined with all these words that I kept hearing to describe Masque of the Red Death, words like atmospheric, dark, and bleak, made me want to read it so bad. I’m so happy I did.
As many of you have probably already learned Masque of the Red Death is a mash up of many different things. Equal parts steampunk, dystopian, and reimagining. There’s definitely something for just about everyone.
I loved the world the most. It is certainly dark and desolate but I’ve always been a fan of dark and twisty things –hence the love of Poe to begin with. Plagues have always horrified and fascinated me. I loved that element of the story. Plus, the crumbling city and the Debauchery Club made the book come to life. The way the city was described certainly brought it to life in my mind.
I wouldn’t say that this is a character driven novel exactly. I felt like so much of the book is spent trying to figure out Araby’s back story and and the other characters motives, but I did like all the characters! There is a love triangle of sorts in this book, but don’t despair it’s done really well! I’m going to say too much about the boys for fear of giving something away. I’ll just say that I ended liking them both and I’m pretty torn between them.
I really can’t recommend Masque of the Red Death enough. Don’t miss out on it! It is a dark read but it’s so creative and captivating. I dying for the sequel.