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Series: Abandon #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2011-04-26
Genres: Dating & Sex, Greek & Roman, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Social Issues, Young Adult
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New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld. Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.
So, Pierce Oliveria is a bit of a nut job. Only, she’s actually not. You see, she died once, but then came back after 20 minutes or so. While dead, she hooked up with this dude, John Haden who is the Isla Huesos (an island in Florida) version of Hades, God of the Underworld. Anyways, as said, she comes back, has ADD, and is unable to handle school in Connecticut. SO, Pierce moves to Isla Huesos with her mother, who is totally NOT into her Dad anymore. Did I mention her dad is pretty much a BP exec? YEAH. Sooo, Abandon by Meg Cabot brings the drama. Hardcore.
GUYS, I wish Pierce was one of my real life friends. She genuinely cares for people, but she isn’t a dunderhead softie. When the going gets tough, Pierce gets going. In genuine Meg Cabot heroine fashion. I loved that Pierce was ready to face down danger if it threatened her friends or family. The only thing I found irritating about her was all of her ‘little did I know’ asides. That was rather grating. I mean, skip the little did I know and just tell the reader what’s up.
As for the take on Persephone, Abandon isn’t exactly a word for word retelling. Obviously, the era is different. No Greeks running around. Further, I think Abandon is just the beginning of the myth. There’s not exactly the seasonal resolution or anything. I think maybe that comes down the line in the next two books.
What I did notice was the feeling of loneliness that pulsates through the book. I mean, Pierce is a bit of a melancholy girl who undergoes serious tragedy in her life. No one is all that close to her. She doesn’t have a lover. She doesn’t seem to have very close friends. And her mum is a bit clueless, so to speak. Then you have John Hayden, the love interest. Of course he is lonely. It’s just him chilling out in the underworld. It’s not like he has friends to play basketball with or a girl to mack on until Pierce wanders into his world. It’s quite sad. I mean, I would be sad if I was that lonely.
Really, not much else to say about Abandon. It’s basically the first of the trilogy. It’s not exactly action packed and there’s a lot of story/world-building going on. I imagine the next two books are going to have the meat of the story. If you, like me, know that you can always rely on Meg Cabot to tell you a good story, whether it’s an Avon historical romance (hello Nicola And The Viscount), a story about How To Be Popular, or being a princess with some diaries, then I recommend picking up Abandon, as you know you are getting yourself into something reliable.
Disclosure: Received for review.
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