Pierce Oliviera and John Hayden return in Underworld, the second book in Meg Cabot’s Abandon trilogy. As you’ll probably guess from the title, we finally get a glimpse of what life is like living in the Underworld, the place between Heaven and Hell. Like Persephone, Pierce eats food in the Underworld and as a result must live the remainder of her life there with no hope of returning to the surface.
Pierce insists on returning to Earth after she sees a video on her phone of her cousin Alex suffocating to his death in a coffin. John lets her know that there is a way for them to go back one last time so that they can prevent Alex’s death, but this will be the last time she will ever see her family again.
I remember thinking that Pierce was very strong-willed in Abandon, but was slightly disappointed to see that Pierce would choose to live with John forever, even though it means she’ll never get to be with her family and friends again. John actually lies to her and tricks her in the beginning chapters, yet Pierce easily lets this slide because she is so in love with him. I’ve been a fan of Meg Cabot’s for about 10 years now, and this is the first female character of hers that I know of who completely abandons all reason and only thinks with her heart.
Underworld answered many of the questions I had at the conclusion of Abandon: Who was John Hayden? How did he become the “ruler” of the Underworld? What is it like living in the Underworld? I also loved getting to glimpse the festivities that occur during Coffin Week; I’m still fascinated by the celebration and the lore surrounding it.
Though this isn’t my favorite of Meg Cabot’s series, I found it entertaining, creative, and an interesting take on the Persephone/Hades myth.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
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