Book Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
In this retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story by the same name, the world is similar to our own, but a plague has wiped out much of the population. Araby Worth’s father, a scientist, has created masks that protect those who can afford them and this allows the wealthy to survive while the plague ravages the working class.
The privileged gather in places like the Debauchery Club, where Araby and her best friend April spend their time drinking, doing drugs, and dancing away the night. Araby gets close to Will, an enigmatic young man who works at the club, but she’s also drawn to April’s brother Elliott, who may be more than the careless aristocrat he appears to be. Can these young people avoid the attention of April and Elliott’s sadistic uncle, Prince Prospero, while growing unrest simmers in the city?
This story is grim dystopian steampunk and I loved every minute of it. While it is a young adult book, there is crossover appeal for adult readers, too. Try the book or ebook.
To celebrate the (approximate) 1-year anniversary of Diversity in YA’s launch on tumblr, we’re giving away all these books! Thank you for celebrating diversity in young adult books with us and continuing to engage in dialogue and increasing awareness!
(To view a document listing all the titles, click here.)
Here’s how this is going to work:
We’ve divided these books into 4-packs of diverse awesomeness. Don’t worry, series titles will all be kept together, so you won’t end up getting a middle book or a third book in a trilogy without the others.
We have multiple copies of some titles, so some of them will go into several prize packs.
We’ll select 17 winners, each of whom will receive a prize pack of 4 books!
Because of the large number of titles and the cost of international shipping, we’re only able to ship to U.S. mailing addresses. International folks may enter as long as they have a U.S. mailing address.
Downloadable of the Week: Cool String Art by Anders Hanson
The Downloadable of the Week is the ebook Cool String Artby Anders Hanson. Learn geometry and astronomy through string craft projects such as string art polygons, string art letters, and even string art planets!
If you need help downloading this or other ebooks, visit our ebook guide. If you don’t already have a library card, you can even sign up online!