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 to pieces around them.
So what does Araby Worth have to live for?
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . 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 boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.
And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.
Publication date: April 24th 2012 by Harper Collins
The Elliott Review:
This book wowed me! It combines amazing, thoughtful writing with a killer plot and chillingly built world to explode in a powerhouse of awesomeness! Araby is the girl that starts off wandering through life, lost. She has little to hope for, but as her best friend goes missing and a crazy mad man calling himself Reverend Malcontent becomes more intent on causing violence and uproar in the city, she begins to see a role for herself.
She is drawn to Will, an extremely handsome and mysterious worker at her club. I have to admit I was, too! He's obviously intrigued by her, but is she the type that he would be okay with taking home to his younger sister and brother that he secretly cares for? Does he wish her well? Why is he so mysterious? I love it that he has two widely different worlds, the way he seems so filled with passion toward Araby...
And then there's Elliott, the brother of Araby's missing best friend. He has connections to crazy Prince Prospero in the secluded palace, and it remains to be seen whether that is a good or bad thing. He plots revolution, but what is he willing to do to make that revolution happen. Is he safe? Does he actually care about Araby, or is he just using her? I loved his character development sooo much even though I'm not sure I want Araby to be with him. I just know I need to see more of Elliott!
Everything about this book is so well-done and amazing!! It's Gothic horror mixed with steam punk mixed with post-apocalyptic - just wonderful.
Young Adult Notes:
Mild (but sometimes disturbing) violence, mention of rape, psychological torture, mild sensual scenes, substance use/abuse.