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Review: Masque of The Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of The Red Death by Bethany Griffin (Masque of The Red Death #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
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.


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8.5/10

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 Beautiful, dark and poetic, - I really enjoyed this book. Bethany Griffin painted a grim picture of the world bleak and desolate, world consumed by plague, cities falling to ruin, dead on the streets, children with no future because their parents can't afford masks which filter the air you breathe and therefore offer some protection from the disease...



Araby Worth is a daughter of the scientist who designed the first mask. The mask was meant for her weaker twin, Finn, but he thought it was too girly and Araby took it not knowing that the mask would adapt to her and won't help her twin. Finn dies in a horrid fashion, and Araby swears not to experience all the things he would never experience.

Her life is spent listlessly, wearing fashionable Gothic dresses, going to Debauchery Club and taking drugs which make her forget the world around her for just a moment. 

Her apathy is lifted when Araby gets involved into a plot to overturn the tyranny of a current ruler. She starts to slowly care for her co-conspirator Elliott and for a lowly guard in the club, Will, who only tries to provide for his younger siblings...

But there is so little time to live and love with the civil war brewing, riots and horrible desperation which overcomes everyone when the new disease arises from the plague, The Red Death...

All-consuming, gripping plot, characters you feel for and beautiful storytelling. Do read this book, peeps!

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Очень красивая книга. Вот всё здесь удачно написано для анти-утопичного мира. И характеры, и атмосфера и сюжет.

Наверное, мир этот сродни нашему конца 19 века. Половина планеты вымерла из-за чумы, остальная половина разбросана по разрушенным городам и мегаполисам с готичной атмосферой, трупами на улицах и духом отчаяния и безнадёжности.

Араби Уорт - дочка учёного, создавшего первую маску, фильтрующую воздух и дающую кое-какую защиту от чумы. Первая маска была предназначена для её болезненного слабого брата-близнеца, Финна, но тот шутя отказался, назвав её слишком девчачьей и Араби надела её, ещё не зная, что маска адаптируется к носителю и больше никому носить её нельзя. Финн заболел и умер ужасной смертью, а Араби поклялась, что ни за что не испытает вещи, которые в этом мире не смог испытать Финн.

Несколько лет спустя все носят подобные маски, а те, кто не могут позволить себе эту роскошь, обречены вмести с их детьми на смерть от чумы. Городом, где живёт Араби, правит тиран и психопат Просперо, который приказал отцу Араби не исправлять дизайн масок, чтобы они могли адаптироваться к каждому, а оставить их такими как есть, чтобы держать население под контролем.

Араби подумывает о самоубийстве и позволяет своей подруге таскать её изо дня в день в подпольный клуб Кутёж, где она бродит из комнаты в комнаты в готических нарядах и принимает наркотики, чтобы впасть в мимолётное забытье.

Однако её апатия понемногу исчезает, когда она оказывается вмешана в заговор с целью свергнуть Просперо и заменить его его серкастичным племянником, Эллиотом, а также оказывается вовлечена в жизнь бедного охранника клуба, Уилла, который изо всех сил пытается обеспечить своих младших брата и сестру и накопить денег им на маски.

Очаровательная, мрачная и поэтичная книга с героями, которым невозможно не посочувствовать и увлекательным сюжетом. Очень даже рекомендую!
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