Book Title: Abandon (#1 of the Abandon Trilogy)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Point Publishing
Release Date: April 26th, 2011
Summary of Abandon (via: Goodreads.com):
“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”
Summary of Persephone Myth:
For those of you who couldn’t already tell from the summary Abandon is a modern retelling of the myth of Persephone. And for those of you who are not familiar with the myth here is a quick summary for you. Essentially, young Persephone was kidnapped and dragged into the Underworld by none other than Hades. Completely destraught by the loss of her daughter Demeter crossed the River Styx and followed her daughter straight into Hell/the Underworld. Unfortunately, she was too late and Persephone was now stuck there because she ate one of the forbidden fruts. Eventually, Zeus was able to work out a deal where she would spend half of the year living in the Underworld and the other half roaming Earth (and the occasional trip to Olympus) with her mother. The origin of this story was used an attempt to explain the changing of the seasons. For more detailed information you can click on the above link.
Overall, the book is well-written and well-developed! The Persephone Myth is an old tale… So to be able to put a new spin on it shows real talent. What I enjoyed the most about this story was how many of the problems and struggles the main character, Pierce, faces are things that the reader can relate to. A tale of epic proportions broken down and made relatable helps the reader connect with the story on a more intimate level. While to be fair most likely your Grandmother isn’t trying to off you as a hobby but family dysfunction at some level is common and relatable for most people. As does the teenage angst of never quite fitting in with your school mates. If you love Greek Mythology, Retellings, or even just a great read Abandon should be on your TBR list!