Abandon Trilogy #1
Author: Meg Cabot
Published: April 26th, 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds
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.
A self-proclaimed mega fan of Meg Cabot, I wanted to take a stab at this story because not only did the premise set off with the whole realm of the dead, but it immediately reminded me of a story I’d read in my Greek mythology class. Low and behold – Meg actually did use the story of Persephone to write this, or at least part of it.
From the get go, I was drawn in to this book. Pierce is snide, and a little bit crazy. Despite what had happened to her before moving to Isla Huesos (and you’ll totally get the understanding of the name by the end), she’s trying to make a fresh start. I think that was a big part of what can pull any reader into this book. It gave off the feeling of the lost girl who didn’t really know where she fit.
And with the realizations of not knowing who to trust, or who your real friends are, Abandon set the true experience of feeling alone through the eyes of Pierce. To me, she felt like that girl I was back in high school – though I never died and came back to life.
The greater part of this in my experience were the likeness’ to the mythological story of the underworld, and Persephone. The downturn, in my opinion, was that we hardly find out much about John in this story – or rather, who is the likeness of Hades.
I feel like there could have been a little bit more on Pierce’s cousin Alex too, but I feel like there is going to be more on him in book 2. There was also little on her mother – but I don’t feel like she’s as important to the entirety of this trilogy – and won’t be.
The biggest twist came near the end of the story, and in an unusual fashion, I didn’t really see it coming. It’s not the last thing that happens, which I did expect, but one of the things that led to it that made me stop and say “Whoa, hold up…” So I’m really looking forward to seeing that particular thing play out in the next book!
Meg will always be someone I admire. Her style of writing pulls you in, no matter how much you don’t want it to sometimes (like when you need to leave for work, or go to class…or run a silly errand), and reading Abandon was no different. I deducted the half a bird for not giving me more on John. I know it will be coming, but I just felt sort of let down by not getting just a tid more. Maybe I should really be giving this one devil horns, or flames…
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