Masque of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Release date: April 24, 2012
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Araby lives in a world that is incredibly dark and broken with most of the population having succumbed to a plague with death collectors collecting bodies in every street you pass. Life is moment by moment, and for the most part, lived in fear...fear of your neighbor, fear of contamination, fear of the Prince, fear of the uprising religious fanatics, and most of all...fear of feeling and remembering. Oblivion is sought by many, and many live in a state of numbness at all times if they can afford it. Of course there are those who live at the opposite end of the spectrum and believe they must live life to its fullest debauchery that can be found so that they can feel something, just anything at all for any one moment or two in the day.
As this world of Araby's is burning to the ground around her, the question remains...will she be able to save anyone?
My thoughts: This is a deliciously dark world where hope has been smothered with death and fear until even the tiniest glimmer of it can make a person willing to die for it. I loved the darkness in this. I was in a place where I was content to languish in this world near its end. If you are not a fan of that in any way then this book is not for you. Also, if you are not OK with a whole lot of blood and death of people of all ages then this is not the book for you. There is also every way possible for a person to "forget" the world around them in this book to the point where I really need to think about whether I will be purchasing this for my MHS LMC. Right now I am really hesitating. Would I purchase it for myself or for a public library? Absolutely! In a heartbeat I would! The cover is beautiful and fits the book so well. I can't wait to see what happens next for Araby, Elliot, April, Will, Henry and Elise!
4 stars instead of 5: I do have to say that the ending for me was rather abrupt and that it left me completely unsatisfied as far as resolving any type of conflict in my opinion, which annoyed me after such a great book.
Final thoughts: I am really looking forward to more from this author in the future...SO different from anything I've read before and I love that it's based on a classic Edgar Allan Poe tale!