Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Page Count: 320
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I'm a huge Meg Cabot fan and I really liked Abandon, so I was totally thrilled when I received an ARC of this book. Sadly, I think I was a little underwhelmed. I don't think it was the book's fault, to be honest. I think it was because I wasn't in the mood for this book, but I picked it up and read it anyway. I think that if I read it when I wanted to read it, I would've loved it!
Pierce was a difficult character to warm up to in this book. I felt like she was crying on every other page. It wasn't the, "Oh my god, I feel so sorry for myself!" crying (thank goodness), but I still wished she could have kept her tears to a minimum. Nonetheless, Pierce had admirable qualities, such as her fierce loyalty and passionate love. She was also extremely kind. Almost to the point where it was annoying. Almost.
Despite my problems with Pierce, I still consistently loved John Hayden in this sequel. Readers learn a lot about his character and his past. It's scary and brutal, but it made me appreciate him a lot more. Plus, he was such a sweetheart when it came to Pierce. What a cutie.
The reason why this book underwhelmed is because I felt nothing much happened in this book. I often feel this with sequels. The plot was slow and there wasn't much action. But there was still enough going on to keep me intrigued and flipping pages.
Underworld is a surprising and fascinating sequel to Abandon, adding careful depth to Meg Cabot's unique twist on the myth of Persephone and Hades.