Masque of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Genre: YA Sci-fi, Dystopian, Romance
Series: Masque of the Red Death, Book 1Published: April 24th 2012 by Greenwillow Books
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 around them. So what does Araby Worth have to live for? Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . 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 is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does. And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for—no matter what it costs her.
MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH bored me to tears. Everything was grim and gloomy. It frustrated me so much that I felt like I wanted to strangle myself while reading it. The story failed to hook me and I couldn’t really connect with the characters.
I find it hard to sympathize with Araby. I get it that she feels guilty about her twin brother’s death and she somehow blames herself for it. But I think the way she repents is unnecessary. It’s self-destructive and in my own opinion, a rather stupid way to honor Finn’s memory. She’s also detached from everything and that did not help me to connect with the story since it’s told from Araby’s perspective. As for the other characters, I can’t decide whether to pity or hate Elliott. He’s mysterious and sinister, but he’s actually the most tolerable character for me. Will lacks the charm to really capture my attention. Sure, he’s described as gorgeous and kind (according to Araby) but he came across as plain and boring. Again, I blame that on the fact that Araby is the one telling the story.
Frankly, I got so little from the story that I couldn’t really tell where it’s going. Elliott’s rebellion is so downplayed that I wasn’t sure it’s happening at all. Prince Prospero’s motives are also unclear. Another mystery is Araby’s father. Where does he fit in all this? And why did Elliott take interest in Araby aside from the fact that she’s the daughter of the scientist who supposedly saved humanity from the plague? MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH confused me so much and left me with so many questions I wasn’t sure I’d care to know the answers anymore. I’m not really looking forward to the next book.