Published in: 2011
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 1 in the Abandon Trilogy
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
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.
Ugh, I hate her name. I personally think Pierce is a boys name, so I read this entire book thinking she was a man. We were off to a good start, you can tell. Secondly, Pierce irritates me. I don’t know if I’m just getting too old to read some of this YA fiction or if I just have read too much, but I struggled to connect with Pierce and her situation. Which is a shame, as I liked the premise of this book and the whole ‘guardians of the hellgates etc’ thing that was going on.
As with these kinds of YA fantasy novels, the transition from “I hate you, you’re a creepy weirdo” to “ravish me in my parent’s backyard” is surprisingly quick, and as always, I am surprised at the lack of parental concern that leads to these children to run around and get into mischief. I think I am getting old n cynical!
The mythology angle is really what kept me reading through the book and looking to pick up the second one, and I do hope that the second book gets past the first-book jitters and we see some actual character development and progress in the story.
Abandon rating: 6/10
Would I re-read it? Probably not
Who would I recommend it to? Young adults, fans of fantasy series based in high school, fans of mythology
Author’s website: http://www.megcabot.com/abandon/