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  • Published: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 324 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 640

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780062107794
  • 0062107798

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Masque of the Red Death

by Griffin, Bethany.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 1st Floor

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In this twist on Edgar Allen Poe's gothic short story, a wealthy teenaged girl who can afford a special mask to protect her from the plague that decimated humanity in the mid-1800s, falls in love, becomes caught up in a conspiracy to overthrow an oppressive government, and faces the threat of a new plague.

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Not a particularly strong dystopian fiction

This is a strange book. It has an interesting premise (plague and masques and pseudo-Victorian social mores!) but the characters aren't very interesting or finely crafted, and it's hard to care about any of them. The plot is meandering, the world not very fleshed out (I can only hope the swamp and its inhabitants are revisited in the next book, though I can't say I'll read it), and the story is just generally lacking in oomph. I do appreciate the author's attempts at being atmospheric, though.


While this book came to me highly recommended,it definitely doesn't rank as a favorite. The world of plague and panic is fascinating, but I never got attached to any of the characters. By the end of the book, the original formatting was messed up, the plot was just weird, and I didn't care.

Loved it

I love the new take on Edgar Allan Poe's short story. This had an amazing plot line and it is a must-read.

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