Masque of the Red Death
Death is impossible and living is impossibly hard for 17-year-old Araby Worth in this sexy, post-Apocalyptic reimagining of Poe's gothic horror story of the same name.
It's 1870 and a deadly virus has decimated the population of North America. Masked corpse-collectors roam the streets, removing the bodies before the contagion can spread. Though Araby tries to escape it all with drugs and parties, even at her most intoxicated she can't forget her brother's death - or her guilt for causing it.
But things begin to change when William, the fascinating proprietor of The Debauchery Club where she searches for oblivion, and Elliott, nephew of the insane dictator, enter her life. One wants her heart, and the other her name. Convinced that he has won over his uncle's army, Elliott believes that having Araby on his arm will charm the populace into supporting a new government. After all, her father is the inventor of the mask which prevents the spread of the plague and saved civilisation - for those who can afford it.
... but Araby's greatest interest is that his plans will make protective masks available to all citizens and, in particular, to Will's young siblings, whom she has come to love despite herself. But nothing is what it seems. A new contagion called the Red Death is sweeping the city and a shocking revelation about the origin of the new virus puts Araby's life in danger.
The mob wants her. The rebels want her. And both boys want her. In this superb two-book series, what and who Araby chooses may just decide the fate of humanity...
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Review: Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)User Review - Renae M. - Goodreads
Because of its delightfully steampunkish cover and obvious Poe reference, Masque of the Red Death is a book that's been on my radar since it came out. Unfortunately, I find that this is a book better ... Read full review
Review: Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)User Review - Willowfaerie - Goodreads
There's a part of me that thinks maybe I've been too hard on this, but I'm going to let the two star review stand. Araby Worth is the teenage daughter of a brilliant scientist who lives in the ritzy ... Read full review