Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death. Lauren DeStefano, author of the New York Times bestselling Chemical Gardens trilogy, called Masque of the Red Death "luscious, sultry, and lingeringly tragic."
In Dance of the Red Death, Araby's world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she will fight for herself, for the people she loves, and for her city. Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball. It could destroy her and everyone she loves . . . or it could turn her into a hero.
With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death saga about a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.
Disappointment is a bitter, bitter feeling. It's kind of like a sinking ship, where your hopes are all buoyant and untouched, and it slowly but surely begins to slip under the surface of the sea. I remember reading Bethany Griffin's "Masque of the Red Death" a while back, and, while I didn't love it, it was still a decent enough read. So when I found out that its sequel "Dance of the Red Death" was finally being released last week, I eagerly picked up a copy...and ended up feeling like maybe a plague couldn't be that bad after all.
The life of comfort and wealth that seventeen-year-old Araby Worth has disappeared, replaced by a world of betrayal, death and disease. Now onboard a flying ship, Araby, along with the headstrong Elliot, her best friend April, and Will--the boy she loved but was betrayed by--seek to take revenge on Prospero, the cruel and twisted king who allowed the Red Death...
Araby secures her mask, terrified what the new day brings. There is now something worse ravaging the decimated city: The Red Plague. It brings almost instant death. Piles and piles of bodies are scattered all over the city, rotting and contaminating. Meanwhile, the maniacal Prince Prospero sits in his gluttonous castle, planning his decadent ball. While the Reverend Malcontent is unleashing groups of loyal followers infected with the Red Plague into the city. Sending them amongst the remaining citizens to infect and kill with their touch. On top of all that, April is beginning to show signs of the plague. All hope seems to be lost. Can Araby, Elliot and Will somehow stop the plague and rid the city of the two despots? What I Liked: *Once again Ms. Griffin does a tremendous job with her world building. She brings us a bleak and ruined city infected with different strains of virulent plagues. The remaining population forced to always wear masks to protect them from the...
A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Actual rating 3.5
The Story: For me, Dance of the Red Death moved at a faster pace than the first. I was more invested in the story and felt more comfortable with the world and events. I could really see the influence of Edgar Allan Poe's gothic short story, The Masque of the Red Death. I loved finding the corresponding attributes which enhanced my reading experience.
There is a masquerade ball! I absolutely love when a story's climax takes place at a dance and masquerade dances are the very best. I can pin-point the moment I fell in love with them, watching Labyrinth starring David Bowie a hundred times when I was a pre-teen. I won't reveal the details of Griffin's ball, but I really enjoyed it and found it so wonderfully disturbing.
Griffin wraps up her story arc very neatly and it doesn't seem that there will be another in the series. Loose ends were tied up and I...
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