Sunday, November 18, 2012

Underworld by Meg Cabot Review

Book Nerd Review
Copy Provided by Scholastic.

Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

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.

Underworld is the sequel to Meg Cabot’s Abandon, a retelling of Greek mythology and fairy tales. Abandon is such an incredible book and a favorite of mine, so I expected the same caliber for the sequel. Meg continues to raise the lever with each book she releases. And Underworld is no exception.

The story follows the main character, Pierce, who is caught between two worlds. Wedged between the living and the dead, she’s also stuck between the family she left behind and the boy she loves. She’s a very strong and intelligent character. Her connection with the reader is more devoted this time around. Readers will find her to be easily relatable as she’s very much in touch with her emotions and relies on no one for her decisions.

The sequel to Meg’s Abandon trilogy is a roller-coaster ride of adventure, mystery, and action. It is fast-paced read since the book takes place in the span of just over a day. Even with the overwhelming occurrences, Meg does a terrific job of keeping everything on a straight line. The relationship-building between Pierce and John is one of the best part of the book. Now that she has admitted her feelings to John and with the many secrets, untold truths, and misapprehensions between them, they learn to trust each other even under the peculiar circumstances between them.

Meg’s writing style is very stunning and repeatedly shines throughout the book. The sequel is just as exhilarating as Abandon. With rich descriptions of the setting, unique plot, and stellar character building, Underworld has everything to offer for a great read. The ending will leave readers wanting more as it sets up the next phase in Pierce’s story.

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