Persephone myth retold in Meg Cabot’s Abandon

March 29th, 2011 Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, ARCs, Fiction, Kelly, Young Adult

Meg CabotPierce knows what it’s like to die. After all, she drowned when she was fifteen. Her family just thinks she was resuscitated, but Pierce knows the truth. She escaped from the underworld.

In this retelling of the Persephone myth, Pierce is tied to John Hayden, a death deity of the underworld. His full powers and role are unclear, but he’s mysterious, dark, and handsome. He also wants Pierce.

Throughout the novel, Pierce’s history slowly unfolds, and the author will tease the reader with a small clue and then go into more detail later. Most of the book is shown in flashbacks, and the bulk of the action takes place towards the end of the book. I enjoyed this, in part because Pierce is a strong character and I enjoyed her voice.

This novel is the first in a trilogy, and I hope we’ll get more insight into Pierce’s friends and family. For example, Pierce’s cousin Alex is essentially a stranger to her when the story starts, and small aspects of his life are shown throughout the novel. He’s clearly meant to be a round character, and I look forward to seeing him come to life in the next two books (pun intended).

Abandon comes out on April 26, 2011.

Title: Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
Date read: March 2011
Source: ARC from publisher





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