Published in: 2012
Edition read: Paperback
Series: Book 2 in the Abandon series
Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead. Not this time. But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.
Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves. But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies. And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape
Ok this series is picking up. Pierce (still hate her name) is starting to accept her future with John, but she’s acting like a dumb kid still (she doesn’t seem to know basic things, she makes dumb decisions etc) and for some reason, time moves weirdly in these books, like the relationship between Pierce and John going from innocent kiss to boom-chicka-wah-wah in literally a day, or the time when John has to go process souls because the boats have arrived, and he even says that he needs to go… then there’s pages of dialogue as he has a deep and meaningful with Pierce about her concerns or whatever, and 10 minutes later he finally wanders off to whatever was apparently not as urgent as originally thought…
It took me a while to get into this second book, but then once I’d gotten about halfway through, it picked up and got more interesting. Even with annoying lead characters who are dumb as a plank, and the plot moving like it’s in a traffic jam (stop-start-stop-start), the mythology keeps me entertained and the addition of new characters has made the story more intriguing. I also like that we get more of a backstory on Pierce and especially John, as it has added those necessary dimensions to the characters that then leads to understanding as to why they are like they are. Well, for John anyways. No idea why Pierce is clueless and helpless.
Underworld rating: 6/10
Would I re-read it? Maybe
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the author, the series, paranormal young adult romances.
Author’s website: http://www.megcabot.com/abandon/underworld/
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Underworld-Meg-Cabot/9780330453882