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 fo no matter what it costs her.
This was a really cool book. I am a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe so it was really neat to see one of his stories expanded on and given new light. At first when I started reading this book I wasn’t sure what the time period was. It seemed it could be either future dystopian where they started over or it was set in the past. Since it was based on Poe’s work and overwhelming lack of technology I assumed it was based in the past. Perhaps it was steampunk. The setting and the details in the story are lavishly written and you become captivated with the descriptions in the story. Araby is an interesting character to follow. You can understand her self punishment but then I found she was too self-sacrificing. Anyone would ask her to do something and she would do it, no questions asked. So that aspect of her was frustrating. The romance seems pretty typical. It is a love triangle. You got the good guy Will who challenges Araby’s self-sacrificing nature and makes her feel normal again. Then you have the typical bad boy Elliot who forces Araby to be something more than her current self. Personally I enjoyed both guys. Will plays a big role but he didn’t seem to have much depth. Whereas Elliot wasn’t exactly the guy you were always rooting for but he had a lot of depth. I didn’t like April. I thought she was a really shallow character and a poor friend. Perhaps this was done on purpose to counter Araby. Knowing how Poe’s work ended I really hope for a happier ending for this series. I would definitely recommend this book.
The next book in the series is called Dance of the Red Death and will be out April 23, 2013.