Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Review Source: ecopy from Edelwiess
My Rating: 3.5/5
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.
Bethany Griffin has taken a short story from Edgar Allen Poe and turned it into a YA story that has the same depressive feel of Poe's writing.
It's set during the time of the plague and Araby's father has invented mask for people to wear to help people not get sick. Araby's parents always favored their son, Finn, who was Araby's twin and her father made him a mask first. Araby grabbed it and put it on her face first and once its been on one person's face it can't be on another, before he gets Finn another one made he dies.
Araby lives with the fact that she killed her brother and her parents don't really seem to care about her much. She pretty much lives like a zombie through most of the book as she is always doped up on drugs, trying to forget the pain.
Araby to me is not a real likable character, she steals from her father to help a guy she doesn't even like. Elliot scares her because he is the prince's nephew but he talks about rebellion and her friend April is missing so she thinks he is the right person to trust, even though he says not to trust him. I don't know I just couldn't care about her.
And it seems you can't have a YA novel anymore with out a love triangle so Araby is with Elliot, though she really like the way Will makes her feel when he is around. Though you pretty much know a bit about Elliot, and I always seem to go for the bad boy, you really don't know much about Will. Though Will seems to be kind hearted and takes care of his brother and sister, you really don't know where he stands with Malcontent and the Prince, it's to vague to decide if I like him or not. The two guys in this story or so wishy washy your not sure who might be a bad guy and who might be a good guy or are they both good or bad, or the lesser of two evils. It was just really confusing to me on that part of the story.
The thing that I didn't like the most out of this story was the drug use and dreariness of the story. I was also hoping it wasn't going to be a series but it seems that story these days has to at least be in three parts and so I was a bit disappointed at the ending. :(
Over all, I thought it was an interesting story and will continue to find out what happens. If you like steampunk novels you might want to check it out.