Abandon by Meg Cabot
Release Date: April 26th, 2011
Scholastic, 304 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Abandon Trilogy #1
Last year, Pierce died – just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John: tall dark and terrifying, it’s his job to usher souls from one realm to the next.
There’s a fierce attraction between them, but Pierce knows that if she allows herself to fall for John she will be doomed to a life of shadows and loneliness in the underworld. But now things are getting dangerous for her, and her only hope is to do exactly what John says…
Woo hoo for me finally getting the time to finish this book (and by ‘getting time’, I mean staying up until 4AM this morning because once I had started it, I simply could not put it down). I had to know what was going to happen to Pierce and who the heck John was!
From the synopsis of the book (and maybe this is just me), I actually half-expected John to be a bad guy. The way that it was written – ‘someone wants you back there’ – was, for me, not a romantic idea as much as it was a SCARY one! (maybe I’m more like Pierce than I thought). However, as I progressed through the book I began to see more and more why John ISN’T a bad guy and how, in his own way, he actually means well. Is he a little scary? Sure. Does he ignore Pierce’s wishes? Yeah. But his intentions are good. And that’s what counts, right?
Speaking of John, can I just personally thank Meg Cabot for not making him the ‘drop dead gorgeous – omg omg omg – every girl in school wants him – worship the ground he walks on’ character. (Maybe she’s saving that for Seth? haha) It was really refreshing to not have Pierce oogling over how perfect he was. I rather liked Pierce for noting that he was attractive but not putting him on some pedestal.
It wasn’t just Pierce and John that got me into the book though. I think the idea of the book was a great one. There haven’t been much Underworld-esque books (atleast that I’ve come across) and it was nice to get away from the Vamps and Weres for a little while. And I especially enjoyed the quotes from The Inferno at the beginning of every chapter. One thing that I’m a little confused on is exactly why Pierce isn’t familiar with the Furies and the Underworld in general. She’s in 12th grade, right? I thought that by then high school English classes had read Dante’s Divine Comedy, no? It was on my 10th grade reading list. I guess it helps that I read the Inferno in 3 English classes in college, so maybe that’s why I’m a little more familiar it. (My college professors would be so proud.) I feel like Mr. Smith right now – “What do they teach you children in school these days?!”.
I’m pretty anxious for the next installment – Underworld – because there are alot of things of my mind at the end of this book. What is up with Alex? Who’s Pierce’s mom’s ex-beau? Do the birds have anything to do with anything? How is Pierce going to handle her situation? So many unanswered questions!