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Underworld (Abandon #2)
by Meg Cabot
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 14 and up
PUBLISHER: Point
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2012
NO. PAGES: 336
GENRE{S}: Fantasy
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
SERIES: Abandon
PREQUEL: Abandon
ISBN: 0545284112
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop


The Story
Underworld (Abandon #2)—Book Review

Seventeen-year-old Pierce is still very much alive, but she's in the place where most everyone else isn't. She's been taken by John Hayden, who may or may not be the love of her life, to the Underworld, the place between heaven and hell where he is the guardian of the dead who pass through on their way to their next destination. John's taken her there ostensibly to protect her from the Furies, who seek vengeance on him, but he may have reasons beyond that as well. When Pierce finds out that while she may be safe with John, those that she loves at home most certainly are not. Will she be able to convince him to release her in order to save the life of someone she cares about, or has she already committed herself to the Underworld for good?
The Scoop
Underworld (Abandon #2)—Book Review
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Underworld is the second book in the Abandon trilogy based on the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. At the start of the book, John has rescued Pierce from an attack by the Furies and brought her to the Underworld where they both believe she will be safe. There is some question as to how permanent her stay will be, and teen readers may enjoy a discussion of John's ethics regarding whether he truly gives Pierce "full disclosure" over how her actions (the food she eats, or her intimacy with him) will affect her ability to ever leave the Underworld. His judgement in this regard is certainly clouded by his desire for her to remain at his side. Pierce approaches her relationship with John with a level head and wants to take it slow--she ironically has concerns about "living together" so young. When their inevitable coupling does occur, it is portrayed positively and without detail. As the story returns above ground where Pierce and John attempt to save the life of one of her relatives, a good chunk of the action takes place at a street festival where the high schoolers are partying and drinking during a traditional celebration of the dead. A death does take place, but in this series, dead does not always mean gone. There is backstory explaining the grudge between John and a local family dating back 200 years that has to do with corruption in the ship salvage business leading to ill-gotten gains in the modern day. Abandon and Underworld are most certainly best read in order, and will be enjoyed by teens who like a non-traditional fantasy with a sassy heroine who has a mind of her own.
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