Review: Underworld by Meg Cabot

Monday, July 2, 2012

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Title: Underworld
Author: Meg Cabot

Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 318
Source: ARC from Publisher
Series: Abandon Trilogy (#2)
Other Titles in the Series: Abandon (#1)

Summary ( 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.

My Review:
This is the sequel to Meg Cabot’s brilliant reimagining of the classic Persephone/Hades tale. Readers learned a lot about Pierce, the main character in Abandon but very little about her love interest John. In Underworld we learn a lot more about him and I found his history to be fascinating. We learn about how he came into his position as ruler of the Underworld, we see more of his world and we even meet his closest friends. The characterization of the new characters as well as some of the old ones helped me understand exactly what Cabot was trying to accomplish with this novel. She put her own unique twist on a classic tale that leaves readers gasping for more.

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