Monday, April 2, 2012

Masque of the Red Death, by Bethany Griffin

With a terrible plague ruining the city, 16 year old Araby and her best friend April run wild in the city's notorious Debauchery Club, where only the wealthy and healthy can use drink and drugs to seek oblivion. Araby's father is the scientist who created the masks that keep citizens who can afford them safe, while the poor of the city have no protection from contagion.
When the Debauchery club doorman, Will, saves Araby from overdose one night, she begins to see that there is more to life than she knew, and soon has to decide for herself what is right and what is wrong, rather than what glamorous tattered gown she should wear to go party every night. Steampunky romantic plague-ridden dystopia- awesome!

1 comment:

Canada said...

Depressing story, a disease wipes out most of humanity leaving only a few survivors here and there. The person we learn about is a young woman named Araby and we follow her life for a while. Her father is the person that created the disease and is the one that managed to stop people from dying from it, if you had money. His invention is stolen from him by an evil despot and he allows people to live that can afford it. Others get the disease and die or become disfigured. We learn early on Araby is pretty depressed about the death of her brother. We follow her tale from being a forlorn young woman who grows into a semi revolutionary. It is a good story, you will enjoy it if you like end of the world stuff. All in all a decent read.