Book: Underworld, Meg Cabot
Series: Abandon Trilogy #3
Release Date: May 8th 2012
Rating: 4 stars
The cliff hanger at the end of Abandon is that John Hayden took Pierce to the Underworld for her own protection. It really made me want to read this book as I was dying to see how it turned out. We really delve into John and Pierce’s relationship in this book, unlike the first where it seemed like all they did was argue. We really see how much John loves her and want to be with her, despite pretty much “kidnapping” her from her world and her friends and family. We also see Pierce’s feelings for John really emerge throughout the book. However, just like with Abandon, this book was really short and I finished it in less than 24 hours.
We really see the braver and more heroic side to Pierce in this book. When she finds out a member of her family could be in trouble, she doesn’t hesitate to want to go help, and while she still needs John to help her against the Furies, in this book she was able to hold her own and help with the fighting. Her feelings toward John are also tested as she realises how much she loves him and wants to spend her life with him, yet how much she resents being forced into the Underworld, away from the entire world she knew.
We find out more about John’s past in this book, how he died and how he came to be the Death Deity of the Underworld. We discover just how much he loves Pierce and how he’d do anything to protect her, although he definitely borders on extreme over protectiveness most of the time and would certainly use the word “controlling” in describing him - considering he forced her into the Underworld. However despite his controlling attitude I still liked him as a character and look forward to seeing more of him in the final book.
Pierce & John
Pierce and John’s relationship is definitely explored more in this book. Pierce, like in the other book, did make some poor word choices when trying to explain her feelings to John, most of which are quite cringe-worthy and made me want to hit her for being so stupid. Still, it’s clear they both love each other loads despite their many issues (eg kidnappings, killing people) and want to make it work. They wouldn’t be my favourite couple by far, considering the amount of flaws in their relationship, but I still want to find out what happens in the final book. Do they end up together as rulers of the Underworld? Or does John leave Pierce on Earth and watch from afar? The question is wide open for anyone to guess.
The cliffhanger at the end of the book, like in the first book, was crazy surprising and made me dying to read the third instalment, Awaken, not released until next year. Just like with John and Pierce’s relationship, there are many different ways Cabot could finish the trilogy, but like the first two books, I will most likely be surprised by what happens. I would definitely recommend this trilogy to anyone who has an interest in mythology, fantasy romance (guilty) or any Meg Cabot book. Despite the flaws and the way it is really short, I still found myself dying to find out what happens in the end.