Review: Abandon

Review: AbandonAbandon by Meg Cabot
Series: Abandon Trilogy #1
Published by Point on April 26, 2011
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Retelling, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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one-half-stars

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.(

Like most Meg Cabot books, Abandon is a quick absorbing read. Having read most of her extensive ouevre, I would place this roughly in the middle of the pack so far as quality goes. The idea of Abandon was amazing; I was looking forward to this one so hard, because I was obsessed with Greek myth as a child. The myth of Persephone being tricked into the Underworld is not one of my favorites, but any Greek myth is better than none Greek myth.

Foreshadowing can be a super handy writing tool. However, it ought to be used sparingly and carefully. Meg Cabot did not follow this rule in the creation of this novel. Almost every chapter ended with a dramatic bit of foreshadowing of the “had I known what would happen next…” variety. Sigh. Just put ‘to be continued’ at the end of each chapter and be done with it. There just was not any need for it. If you have to try to force people to keep going with a lure of future drama, clearly your book wasn’t interesting enough. Really, I think this would keep the intended audience going without these constant, hackneyed warnings.

Another weakness here was the odd subplot wherein Pierce tries to befriend the popular kids at her school (who usually ignore the D-Wing, aka truobled kids) students of the school) so that she can make them leave her cousin, Alex, and his friend Kayla alone. These sections really do not seem to fit with the rest of the plot very well. I imagine the need for this might be clear later in the series, but, for now, they were rather obnoxious, largely because Pierce’s behavior seemed both out of character and completely illogical.

So far, the romance in the series has been pretty much entirely uninspired. I do not ship anyone and I actually find Pierce and John’s relationship to rather creepy and Stockholm Syndrome-ish. The ending is not a resolution, so much as a stop because this novel had reached the requisite number of pages.

Mostly, Abandon was not what I was hoping for, but I will still be reading the rest of the series for sure. If you need a beach read for this summer, Abandon will likely suffice.

5 responses to “Review: Abandon”

  1. Nori says:

    Sad. I was hoping it would be better!

  2. I’ve been reading Cabot since I was a preteen and this one was a big let down for me.

    • Christina says:

      I’ve read around 40 Cabot books, and I do think this one was a let down. My favorite probably will always be the mediator series. Most of her newer stuff, I haven’t been a huge fan of, with the exception of the Heather Wells books. The single books were good, but not mind-blowing.

  3. lexiechan says:

    I haven’t read Meg Cabot’s and I am actually planning to read this one. And reading your review kind of makes me rethink my decision in reading this. lol. :3 But in any case, I’ll still try and read it since I like Greek Myths too. 😀

    • Christina says:

      You may like it. BUT the best Meg Cabot, imo, is the Mediator series. So, whether or not you like Abandon, make sure you read those books! The first book in the series is Shadowland!

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