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Dance of the Red Death

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by Bethany Griffin

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Everything is on fire.

Araby Worth's city is being torn apart by death, disease, and corrupt forces wanting to claim it for their own. She has lost her home. Her best friend is dying. Her mother has been kidnapped. The boy who made her feel something again has betrayed her. And her father may be a murderer.

But Araby has found herself.

Despite the death


Everything is on fire.

Araby Worth's city is being torn apart by death, disease, and corrupt forces wanting to claim it for their own. She has lost her home. Her best friend is dying. Her mother has been kidnapped. The boy who made her feel something again has betrayed her. And her father may be a murderer.

But Araby has found herself.

Despite the death and destruction all around her, she will fight for herself, for her friends, for her city. Her rebellion will take her, finally, to the mad prince's palace, for the decadent—and sinister—masked ball. It could be a trap. It could be the end of them all. Or it could be the moment that Araby becomes the kind of hero she never dreamed she could be.

The tragic, dark, and steamy conclusion to Bethany Griffin's Masque of the Red Death saga.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Joanna Lima
At the conclusion of Masque Of The Red Death (Greenwillow, 2012/Voya April 2012), Araby, Elliott, and Will narrowly escaped their plague-ravaged city and the horrifying new disease called the Red Death. Now, in a desperate race to save lives, the three dare to return to their old haunt, the Debauchery Club, although each has a separate agenda. Devastated daughter Araby seeks her scientist father in hopes that he can provide a cure and help rescue her mother from the twisted Prince Prospero. Aspiring leader Elliott has all the charisma and political pedigree to leave a legacy, either tragic or triumphant. Compassionate helper Will wants to rebuild their community for the sake of his young brother and sister. Meanwhile, Araby's best friend, April, contracts the contagion, soldiers from opposing rebel groups sweep through the streets, and the zealot Malcontent promises a different kind of salvation. In a creepy climax, Prospero draws Araby into his castle, engaging her in a sinister game where a wrong move promises death in any one of its many forms. With a lifetime of losses shadowing her, Araby must overcome more than just the prince's obstacles to prevail over Prospero and death itself. The novel is a satisfying sequel that avoids the plotting pitfalls of a trilogy. From the ominous swamp to the modern skyscraper to the foreboding castle, the writing is strongest in regard to setting, which evokes the enthralling macabre of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest works. The love triangle unfortunately distracts from an otherwise compelling plot and undermines the attempt to characterize Araby as a strong female protagonist. Reviewer: Joanna Lima
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's classic story begins exactly where Masque of the Red Death (HarperCollins, 2012) left off. Araby, Elliot, and Will have fled the contaminated city in a steam-powered airship. The weeping sickness that decimated much of the population continues to spread, though it is now accompanied by a new, more deadly plague, the Red Death. With Araby's best friend beginning to show signs of the illness, the three are in a race against time to find a cure. Caught between affection for Will and Elliot, and haunted by her father's involvement with the prince (who played a hefty hand in the spread of the plague), Araby spends much of the novel determining whom to trust. In the end, she learns she must have faith in herself. This once-shallow, drug-addicted, party queen transforms into a strong, empowered rebel. Teens who have read Poe's story will be familiar with the ending as Araby returns to the prince's palace and enters a deadly game to determine the fate of the city. Griffin has successfully turned the short story into the type of YA saga that flies off the shelves. It is timely, well written, and quick paced. Steampunk fans are likely to appreciate the world of corsets, invention, and excess, so beautifully drawn in this novel. In addition to being a fantastic read, this two-part saga would serve as a great companion to classroom units on Poe.—Jennifer Furuyama, Pendleton Public Library, OR

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Red Death Series , #2
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Bethany Griffin is the author of Masque of the Red Death. She is a high school English teacher who prides herself on attracting creative misfits to elective classes like Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, and Speculative Literature. She lives with her family in Kentucky.

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Dance of the Red Death 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only disappointment was turning the last page to find out this is only a two-book series! Awesome!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to know who she ends up with its killing me i want her to end up with will
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend reading the first book in this series before this one. If you don't you will be confused in this book. The world has been ridden by plague. Araby must try to find a cure and stop the ones from spreading it even more. Her life and the life of her friends are in danger and she has to find her father before it is to late. She also has to sort her feelings about who she really loves. I am going to do a shorter review so I hopefully don't have any spoilers. This book picks right up where the first ended. I love the darkness of this book. It isn't like others where it has dark and light sides. If anything it gets darker as you read. The author does an excellent job of writing this as she describes everything to where you can see it clearly from their hunt to find a cure, to the plague victims and so much more. you actually feel like you are along with them on their journey. Araby to me got so much better in this book. She grows up and has to face facts about her life. She feels like in some ways the plague is her fault and she has to deal with those issues. She stands strong as she has to stop the plague and find a cure. The only thing I didn't like about the book was Will and Elliot. I know some people are team Elliot and some team Will.For me neither really stood out as the perfect one. They both had faults which in some ways is good as the author didn't try to make them seem perfect. I just didn't care fore the romance part. For me the action and darkness is the great part of this book for me. I couldn't get enough and I had to see what would happen next. If you like Edgar Allan Poe's work you will like this book. 
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Right off the bat I will tell you this: I enjoyed Dance of the Red Death more than Masque of the Red Death. The story line felt more involved, the characters more developed, the dialogue flushed out, and I felt more of an attachment to these characters and their plights. Picking up where we left off, Araby & Company have fled the burning city to gather their wits and save their lives. Elliott wants to head over to Prospero's to gather weapons, but Araby wants to go back to the city to find her father and a cure for April who has contracted The Weeping Sickness thanks to Malcontent. Of course the city holds many dangers: Prosero's men, Malcontent's men, The Weeping Sickness, The Red Death, so on and so forth. Araby definitely comes into her own with this book. She is that strong heroine who does what needs to be done for the greater good, but at the same time doesn't completely abandon the things that she wants. One of the best indications of this is she tells Kent at one point that she isn't here for kissing, but to find her father and a cure; however, a few pages later April calls her on it and Araby admits that she wasn't entirely truthful with Kent. April is definitely a favorite character of mine. Despite the fact that she is dying from The Weeping Sickness, she still cares about her appearance. This may sound shallow to some, but that's who April is. I love that she doesn't give in to this disease with a "woe is me" attitude. She stays true to herself and I absolutely love that about her. As far as the love triangle is concerned . . . meh. I can see the appeal of Elliott, and I certainly liked him more than I did in Masque of the Red Death, but I find him to be too possessive and feel like he only truly wants to be with Araby because she was "the scientist's daughter." There are definitely times where I wondered why he just doesn't pee on her to mark his territory. (Too graphic?) I love that Will allows Araby her space to do what she needed to do. You know he is hurt by the affection shown between her and Elliott, but he is calm and collected about it. At the same time, he protects her and you know his guilt over handing her over to Malcontent in exchange for Elise and Henry is eating him up. He just wants so much to make it right! There are certain aspects of the plot that I find to be too convenient and other things to be rather unbelievable. For instance, of all the places they could have *beep*, they just happen to do it *beep*. And Araby just happens to notice that *beep* and thinks that's weird, but chapters later Prospero happens to mention that *beep* is *beep* and she realizes that... I think you get the point. You'll also notice that I took the spoilers out for you. You're welcome. Over all, the plot is more interesting than its predecessor. I was pulled into the story right away, and while there are slower chapters, they don't deter from my overall enjoyment. So if you are like me and are iffy about Masque of the Red Death, know that Dance of the Red Death is a step above, worth the read, and a good series ending.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really surprised that April actually died and also by who araby ends up with