Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon is the first book in a trilogy by Meg Cabot. It is published by Macmillan Children’s Books with a release date of 7th October and the book is 297 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC for review.

Plot
Not too long ago, Pierce died. Now she isn’t dead, all Pierce is trying to do is to get on with her life and try to be as normal as possible, which doesn’t seem very likely at all. How normal can one girl be after dying and taking a trip to the Underworld where everything she thought she knew, changed. Now, someone is watching her all of the time and Pierce can do nothing to escape the feeling that she will never be completely alone again.

Before moving to a new town, Pierce seemed to be right in the middle of a lot of bad things that happened but they weren’t really her fault, were they? With all of that put behind her, Pierce hopes that this new start will be a new life for her. Unfortunately for Pierce, he can find her wherever she goes and wont give up. He wants her back and refuses to ever let her go. She got away once and he isn’t about to let that happen again.

What I thought
I am a huge lover of all things mythology related so when I got told about this book, I knew I had to read it and soon!

I immediately felt sorry for Pierce. How could you not when she just died?! The opening to Abandon was strong and exciting and introduced me to the main character well. At times, Pierce was extremely strong and a hell of a lot braver than I would have been in her position. Because of this, I really liked her and was routing for her from the beginning. I certainly didn’t want her to go through some of the things she did as she didn’t deserve the stress. While Pierce started off really well, it didn’t stay that way for the whole book. Sometimes it seemed like she was a bit stupid if I’m completely honest. She can see what is going on in front of her but either refuses to acknowledge something is happening or she acts in a silly way that gets her into trouble.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Pierce and John although I completely hated his name. For his character, this was such a bad choice and it was so boring and normal and John is anything but those things. The relationship was extremely real and that was why I liked it so much. There was none of this fall in love instantly rubbish. Pierce doesn’t even like John in the slightest to begin with and the progression with them moved forward at a really nice pace. John, however, could have been a little more adventurous as a character and the danger in him could have been done a bit better. There is obviously a lot more to him than was revealed in this book.

This book is based on the myth of Hades/ Persephone but when we enter the underworld for the first time, it is cut way too short. I was hoping for a good chunk of the book to be set there but really, we only get to visit in passing. Spending more time in the underworld would have given the book a much darker feel and it would have added to the intensity and mystery of the story. I am hoping that as this is a trilogy, this setting will be visited again and in more detail. I think there is a lot more here that could be explored and it would help back up the rest of the story. One of the best aspects of the darker side of Abandon was the idea of death deities and the Furies. The Furies are something which I can see playing an even bigger part later on in the trilogy.

Pierce’s family were characters who could have been amazing but they weren’t used nearly enough. I really would have liked for her relationships with family members, especially her cousin and uncle, to have been explored a little more or for them to be featured more. In the way of secondary characters, while there are quite a few, I never really got to know much about any of them expect for one and that was a real shame. Another thing that could have made this book better overall.

So far, this book sounds like a real mixed bag but I really did like it. Yes, there were things that bugged me but overall it was extremely enjoyable and completely different from anything else I have read. Something that I really liked about Abandon was the fact that it switched between past and present. This gave me the opportunity to really get into Pierce’s life and understand what she was going through from all sides. There was so much going on before and after she dies and it was a great thing to find out about these events. This way of telling the story also gave great insight into why Pierce is the way she is sometimes and why she makes certain decisions.

Abandon was my first Meg Cabot book but definitely wont be the last now. This is a trilogy which promises to be extremely exciting!

3 comments:

  1. Ive not been sure about this one but I think I might have to give it a go and make up my own mind! :)

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  2. Excellent review, this is on my tbr list, might have to bump it up x

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  3. Great Review!

    Heres mine:

    This book is best described as a dark love story. It is quite complex on a lot of the issues it covers, following the main characters near death experience, when she meets the mysterious John in the underworld.
    The story is a very clever re-telling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone and the underworld.
    I really liked the character Peirce and was intrigued by the dark character of John.
    I liked the setting of the book and the island and its strange weather and raised coffins in the grave yard sounded intriguing. The other characters in this book were not so well defined. But what would become of Pierce and the dangers she faced and whether or not her and John would finally get together did keep me reading right to the end.

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