The Masque of the Red Death

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Hachette Children's Group, Aug 2, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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A 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 whom Araby chooses may just decide the fate of humanity...

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User Review  - mojo09226 - LibraryThing

I wanted to read this novel because I am an avid fan of E.A.P., even though I haven't read the novel that was this novel's namesake. I do know what happens in the E.A.P version. Reading this made me ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rosa.Mill - LibraryThing

This is a quick read--I was able to read it in two sittings while suffering from a jet lag that would not let me sleep. That being said if the jet lag hadn't been keeping me up--I would not have read ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Bethany Griffin teaches English literature, history and creative writing. She has written one previous novel, a blog, and a stunning post-apocalyptic YA novel.

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