Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Masque of the Red Death is based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe by the same name. Araby Worth lives in a world where everything lies in ruin after a devastating and fatal plague. The rich and the important people live in towers, protected from the plague whilst the rest of the people have to scrounge for food, shelter and risk infections. The book reminded me of Romero’s Land of the Dead where the rich live in the towers and everyone else lives in shacks.
There is a love triangle, a revolution and steam punk. It has all the makings of a somewhat interesting book. But, it is NOT.
I hated hated hated this book. It is one of the most tedious and boring books I have ever read. It was so bad it put me into a reading slump for 2 months. Araby is a bland, unidimensional protagonist that doesn’t stay true to character. She is tedious and boring. I imagined her languishing away her days, wasting away whilst the rest of the world went to hell around her. Even in the most urgent of circumstances I imagined her moving a snail speed. I was just completely unsympathetic toward this character, or any other. The triangle.... well, it was choosing between two duds: a self absorbed jerk and a seemingly nice guy. Ugh... I just can’t complain enough about this book.
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