Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1)
By Meg Cabot
PUB: Jan 1st 2011
REVIEW COPY: personal e-book
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.
Abandon plays with the Hades/Persephone myth and uses it throughout the story but it isn’t, in and of itself, a retelling or reimagining of the myth.
When she was fifteen, Pierce died. She was dead for an hour before doctors brought her back. During that time she went into the underworld where her soul was to be sorted for the afterlife. Running the sorting docks was John Hayden: Death Deity. John was instantly smitten with Pierce and offered to let her stay with him in his castle by the docks. Not really understanding what was happening, Pierce went with him. When the chance came she escaped through a doorway that brought her back to her on body and back to life. While she liked John she was overwhelmed by everything she saw and was told.
Things have never been the same for Pierce since that day. She’s never really recovered from what happened to her. Nobody understands or believes the story she tells them and nobody believes her that she is still being followed by the man from the underworld she escaped from that day. Her parents have divorced and she’s been kicked out of her fancy private school.
Pierce’s mother takes her back to the small island community where she grew up. Isla Huesos is a chance for Pierce to connect with her mother’s side of the family and have a fresh start. It’s also a portal to the very underworld dock that Pierce escaped from a year and a half ago.
Pierce is forced to stop running and deal with the consequences of what happened when she ran away from the underworld. She discovers that nothing is as she thought it was. Even within her family there are many secrets buried that she’ll have to uncover to solve the mysteries of both who John is and why the island of Isla Huesos is so important.
I found Abandon to be very interesting. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be before I started reading it, but I ended up getting into the story and enjoying it quite a bit. Pierce isn’t the smartest heroine ever, but I wouldn’t completely put her in the too dumb to live (TDTL) category either. I felt like her intelligence was inconsistent. She’d think of a really smart argument, then turn around and say something stupid. However, on the whole I generally liked her which kept me interested.
Now, John, on the other hand, is an awesome hero for this book, simply for his complete lack of likability. Other than being in love with Pierce he doesn’t seem to have single redeeming quality (and that might not even count as a positive trait). He’s bossy, rude, abrupt and apparently not very attractive either. Contrary to being a bad thing, it actually made the book more interesting to me. There is a certain charm to characters like that. I felt like these factors added to the supernatural element of the book. You don’t become a lord of the dead without having a generally dark personality and John was believable in that respect. Plus, it made the relationship between him and Pierce more potent. They were not two kids who fell in love, but rather she was the beautiful girl who was the chosen consort of a powerful lord of the underworld. This slant to their relationship worked really well for me.
Abandon unfolds fairly quickly as Pierce begins to discover what’s going on around her. There are lots of subplots and characters adding to the action. There were lots of mysteries that still need solving and the ending was pretty exciting
Overall, Abandon was a good read. It was interesting and the characters are really well created. I can actually remember tertiary characters names without having to go back and look them up. While Hades and Persephone are mentioned and this book could easily be lumped into that genre of books, it’s really its own story, so don’t read it looking for a retelling of mythology or you’ll be disappointed. However if you embrace the unique spin on the underworld, I think you’ll like it too.