Synopses & Reviews
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 around them.
So what does Araby Worth have to live for?
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup... 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 is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.
And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for no matter what it costs her.
"This gothic adventure reimagines Poe's classic story of the same name as a full-length YA adventure. The world has been devastated by the Weeping Sickness, a disfiguring and often fatal disease staved off only with specialized masks and obsessive preventive measures. The rich hide in their towers and party in the notorious Debauchery District, the poor scrape by, and the despotic Prince Prospero rules with an iron fist. Araby, the 17-year-old daughter of the mask's inventor, is traumatized by her brother's death from the plague, hiding from her feelings while partying. When she meets Elliott, the prince's nephew and a would-be revolutionary, and Will, who works at her favorite club, Araby must choose her destiny and follow her heart, while a new disease rages and the city burns. Griffin (Handcuffs) delivers a seductively dark, decadently disturbing look at a society crumbling from within and without, infused with a romantic, steampunk air and Poe's own morbid sensibilities. Themes of science and faith weave through a story that draws from Poe's original while standing assuredly on its own. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Bethany Griffin has always admired Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. The Masque of the Red Death
, which this novel re-imagines, is one of her favorites.
"I've always loved the amazing atmosphere Poe creates," she says. "But The Masque of the Red Death is one of his shortest stories. I wanted to know more. I wanted characters and their stories within the context of this devastating plague. And that's where this story originated." Bethany Griffin lives with her family in Kentucky.