Abandon is the first title in a new trilogy by Meg Cabot, which is a modern-day take on the Greek myth of Hades, the leader of the Underworld, and Persephone, the mortal that he kidnapped to be his consort. It’s a fun read with a novel premise that will appeal to fantasy fans looking for something beyond vampires, zombies and fairies. It addresses the concept of death (and what comes after it) as a natural part of the life cycle. Pierce is an appealing heroine who has her flaws but is not afraid to speak her mind or stand up for someone in need. There are traumatic deaths in the story (a drowning, a suicide and a murder), but they are all related after the fact without dwelling on details. The suicide is the result of an inappropriate student-teacher relationship, which Pierce attempts to avenge. Interaction between Pierce and John is limited to kissing, and there is occasional mild language (sl-t, sk-nk, a-s). Environmentally conscious teens will notice subtle and not-so-subtle references to lingering damage in the coastal area from an oil spill attributed to the mega-corporation that Pierce’s father leads.