Meg Cabot’s retelling of the myth of Persephone in her novel Abandon will leave readers entranced and wanting more.
The novel tells the story of Pierce — a 17-year-old girl who died two years ago and then was brought back to life. She’s been there and she knows what it is like on the other side. The only problem is now that she’s alive again, John Hayden, the ruler of the Underworld, wants her back.
It’s been two years and she still doesn’t dare tell anybody the truth about what happened. Who would believe her anyway? In fact, she would write the whole experience off as a dream, but she knows what happened is real. John has shown up and saved her life twice since her time in the Underworld, and then there is the whole matter of the diamond necklace he gave her in the Underworld. She still has it. She knows what happened is real, even if nobody else will believe her.
Pierce is afraid of John and of going back to the Underworld. But she is more afraid of falling in love with John. She feels drawn to him in a way that she can’t quite understand and that scares her. She doesn’t want to feel anything for him, and she doesn’t want to be stuck in the Underworld again.
Meg Cabot has reimagined this tale into an intriguing modern-day retelling of a beloved myth that readers will love. Her writing, as always, is original, entertaining, and masterfully crafted. This is the first installment in this trilogy. The anxiously awaited sequel comes out in May 2012 and will continue the tale of John Hayden and Pierce.
Rated: Mild. There are some instances of minor violence in this novel. Sexual tension also prevails throughout the book. There are no sexual interactions in this book, but the stage has been set for something to happen in the sequel.