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.
There have been many retellings of stories. For instance Romeo and Juliet, that story is so tragic and romantic and notorious. Lots of YA authors retell this story or use it as their base for their story, so it still has the feel of it. But Bethany Griffin, author of Masque of the Red Death, chose to take a different route. Not one many have taken before as far as we are concerned and she did a terrific job at it. Griffin took Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death and turned it into a completely different, yet still similar, story. Griffin managed to keep that Poe-esque we see in all of Poe’s short stories to let us know we are reading a story by Poe. This unique and dark story will wrap you into a completely different world. A world of destruction, disease, oblivion, and most importantly, love.
This story is set in a gothic city that has been infected with a deadly plague, everyone wears protective porcelain masks…well those who can afford them. Araby Worth lives in the upper part of the city, with her mother and her father, who is one of the very few doctors left in the city and who may be hiding a few secrets of his own. In a city where everything is deadly, Araby Worth has got to find something to live for.
So, by day she plays the quiet daughter, and by night she dresses up in beautiful dresses and sparkly makeup and goes to the Debauchery Club, where Araby feels like a completely different person and is able to be oblivious to all that is really going on. This is also where Araby meets Elliot, her best friends brother who is also a smart aristocrat, and Will, the handsome proprietor of the club. But both have secrets of their own that can either help or destroy everything. Araby will find something not only to live for, but fight for as well.