Dance of the Red Death is the second and final book in Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series. I would first like to tip my hat to Griffin for her nod to Edgar Allan Poe. I also enjoyed the devestation in her world; it was more believable than some other dystopian settings, where it is an intrinsic darkness that spreads throughout the world. This is a very real virus and it is really morphing into a deadlier version.
We last left Araby, Will, April, Elliot, and Kent in the sky, trying to escape the city that is now in ruins. Araby has discovered that her father was the cause of the virus and she is really hasn’t accepted it yet. She has also not accepted Will’s betrayal or that April might be dying from the viruse. Elliot’s affections are also something she isn’t completely willing to accept, but she cannot find a way of ignoring their similarities.
Much of this book centered on acceptance and also action. Elliot need to take action of the city to defeat his uncle and his father (who he doesn’t realize is still alive). Will has accepted that Araby might love Elliot but he is also now willing to put himself at risk and work alongside of Elliot for Araby’s sake. Araby needs to accept what has happened and find a way to save her best friend April.
I want to say that I loved this story more than the first book but I just could not stand Araby and she imposed triangle. It almost seemed as if the author didn’t want the triangle but Araby had a mind of her own and that mind was slightly dumb. She knew she didn’t feel love for Elliot but at the same time she didn’t want to forgive Will, I just don’t appreciate teases and this girl was all about the teasing. Also, people are dying, can we take a break from this stupidity and try to accomplish want needs to be done without having to deal with a relationship that doesn’t even exist and never will?
3/5 stars. Thanks Edelweiss!