surrounded by death and contagion. To help protect against contagion,
masks are worn-but only by those who can afford them. To show that you
are not sick, people, but especially women, wear shorter dresses, trying
to expose as much skin as possible.
Araby and her friend April
are frequent visitors to the Debauchery Club. Yes, it is exactly as it
sounds. Anything that is deemed debauchery is available there.
Meanwhile, Prince Prospero sits in his castle waiting for his steamship
construction to be complete.
Life goes on, even though Araby is
depressed. Then April disappears and her brother comes to Araby for
help. At this point in the story Araby enters the dreaded love triangle.
that's pretty much the book in a nutshell. There is an underground
revolution, betrayals, truths, etc. A new illness emerges, and begins
its destruction: The Red Death. No one is immune.
So that is
what we are left with. An escape and somewhat of a cliffhanger. So
obviously there will be a sequel. A sequel that I will skip.
be honest, I was excited to read this book. I love the cover, and I
found the idea fascinating. However, I had trouble keeping my interest
in the book. I forced myself to read it, and even skipped over a few
pages to help. I also didn't feel it was very steampunk, even though
that is one of the genres for it. With the exception of the steam
carriages and the airship was there some steampunk I missed?