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ISBN:
9780545284103
Pages:
320pp
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Series Vol.#:
01
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Overview

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.

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5 reviews

Overall rating 
 
2.9
Story held my interest 
 
2.8  (5)
Writing style 
 
3.0  (5)
Characters 
 
2.9  (5)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
0.7
Story held my interest 
 
1.0
Writing style 
 
0.5
Characters 
 
0.5

Abandon

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Setting
The story takes place on an island Isla but also in other places, such as the underworld. The island is where Pierce tries to find herself and it’s a dark place it’s a gateway to the underworld which makes it so much easier for the shadows to follow her around. The underworld is the place Pierce fears most and the one place she doesn’t want to go back, she escaped from death once and because of that the underworld is where she belongs because she is supposed to be dead. There’s also the high school which Pierce attends where the kids celebrate Coffin Day. Which doesn’t really make any sense, but I think Cabot threw it in there because of the fact Pierce should be in a coffin.
Characters
Main: Pierce is the main character. Personally I don’t like her but Cabot did a really good job explaining the conflicts of Pierce and the situations she had been in but also getting Pierce out of them. Such as drowning and then having the doctors bring her back to life and escape the underworld but not really escape. And to have your parents believe you need counseling is in itself something difficult to deal with as a kid.
Minor: Minor characters would be Pierces parents. They separated while Pierce was in the hospital because of Pierce. Which usually happens when an accident occurs especially a fatal one, so of course Pierces mom blamed her dad for the drowning and with that on someone’s shoulders they aren’t going to want to stay in that kind of relationship, being accused is not something people take easily and of course Pierce stays with her mother.
Good Points
Good points: The good point of this book was its romance. It’s kind of cute with how the guy following her is actually someone from the Underworld who wants her back but not because she’s supposed to be dead but because he likes her.
Bad Points
Bad points: It’s hyproctical. Pierce is not the personal Cabot portrayed her to be. She was supposed to be a caring person but yet she wasn’t. Some of the things she did in the book made her look materialistic and not at all the girl Cabot wanted her to be and I think that was a down point in the book. You keep the character how you portray her you don’t turn her into some kind of bad girl and I think that is why I didn’t like Pierce as much as I could have. The story was good just not the characters. I didn’t like this book because it just reminded me of the story of Persephone. It wasn’t really original.
Plot Summary
Abandon by Meg Cabot. This novel is about a girl named Pierce who gets into an accident and come back from the dead so to speak, but someone is following her no matter where she goes he’s there and she’s afraid. There are also shadows that follow her because she is supposed to be in the underworld and because of that she can never truly escape. Pierce has to try and discover herself but the deeper she falls could lead her back to the Underworld.
Ending
Ending: The ending wasn’t as good as it could have been. This book is a trilogy and I’m not really into those kinds of books so when I realized the ending wasn’t really the ending it just set the whole book off. I rather have the ending, at the end of the book no at the end of three books. It could have been better and I’m a little disappointed with it. I’m not going to read the others to find out what happened in this twist of a Greek myth.
Do you recommend this book?
No
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Story held my interest 
 
2.5
Writing style 
 
3.5
Characters 
 
3.0

User Review

Setting
The story that takes place known as themselves, of bones where Pierce and her mother can get away to a fresh start on as little island. The High School students had a tradition of celebrating “coffin day”. I didn’t quite understand the whole idea of that. Pierce is placed in a special section of her high school, the dreaded “D Wing” that is just for students dealing with severe issues. In Pierce’s case the issue is anger management. I thought the scenes in the novel that take place in Pierce’s high school realistically portrayed the social life between teens.
Characters
Pierce is the main character and has gone through a lot of struggles in her younger years. Cabot shows the reader that Pierce is a strong girl but can also be sensitive. The author did really well explain Pierce and the type of person she is and her experiences but I personally don’t know if I like her character. She recently survived a near death experience. She had major problems at her old school. And, to top it all off, her parents divorced. After the divorce, she moved with her mom to a small island community off the coast of Florida where she sees the creepy guy, John Hayden.
Bad Points
I thought the plot wasn’t very strong. Pierce was supposed to be a caring person but the way the author described her and her action, she didn’t seem like she cared that much. She seemed a little selfish and hypocritical. She was as one who was not materialistic but she says things that make her that way. She did not sound very caring to me.
Ending
The ending of this story wasn’t very strong to me because this is the first part of a trilogy. I didn’t feel like I had a desire to keep reading on. If I wanted the real ending I would need to continue reading the trilogy. Once I got into the book a little way I learned that it was about Greek myths If you like books that combine teen angst, romance, and classic myths, then Abandon is a book for you.
Do you recommend this book?
No
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0

User Review

Setting
The little island of Isla Huesos has a pretty interesting community. Pierce tries to find herself in the little island. The island is a dark setting. The island is also a gateway to the underworld making it easier for Pierce’s follower to get her where he wants.
Characters
Pierce is the main character and died from drowning. As she was dead she had visited the underworld. After the doctors had brought her back to life she tries to live a normal life but can’t because her follower, John, wants her back. She also tries to explain to her parents that when she died she escaped from the underworld and her parents want to send her to counseling.One of the minor characters is her parents. Her parents got a divorce during her time in the hospital. They got a divorce because of Pierce. Her mom had blamed her dad for letting Pierce drown. Her parents also thought that after Pierce’s accident she had been traumatized a bit and thought to put her in counseling.
Good Points
Some good points of the book are that Cabot made her story a twist on the Greek mythology of Persephone, just a lot darker and a lot more present day. Cabot takes the myth and reinvents it to make it an interesting love story and her characters John and Pierce are a great contrast.
Plot Summary
Abandon by Meg Cabot the main character, Pierce, tries to get back into her normal life after her accident. Pierce and her mother go to a little town to make a fresh start. As much as Pierce wants a normal life she can’t. Her death after her accident had resulted in her visiting the underworld. As her and her mother go to the little island she feels like she’s being followed and can’t help to feel like it’s someone she knows. This stranger wants her back and he’s willing to do anything to get her back.
Ending
The ending left me wanting more. The mythology and romance of the book will keep readers wanting more. Abandon will be a great trilogy, the sequel should be great one.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
G
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Story held my interest 
 
3.5
Writing style 
 
3.5
Characters 
 
3.0

User Review

Setting
One of the settings in this place is the Underworld. Described as the underworld because of Pierce’s death and the reason why it is significant is because she escapes from death and comes into the real world once again. Pierce died from drowning in an accident while she was with her parents, after her death she is brought down to the underworld not willing to accept the fact that she was dead. The underworld creates a conflict in the book because it is actually where she belongs, and the only way for her to live a normal life again is to escape the shadows that follow her from the Underworld.
Characters
Pierce Oliviera is the main character of the book. The author portrays her as a very strong yet also sensitive girl. The author did a good job describing Pierce’s character and every chapter revealed the life and death experiences of Pierce. In the book the two characters Pierce falls in love with a man. The man she falls in love with is named John, and also the person that is from the Underworld. The conflicts between the two characters is that Pierce does not know if John is there to help her or is he there to take her back to death. The two characters struggle with the romance between them and the reality of being where they belong, and that is the Underworld.
Bad Points
The overall plot was a bit lacking in some points of the book. I would not have minded the lack of a plot, if the character development was well done. However, every character is one-dimensional. As for Pierce, she seemed a bit selfish, shallow, and hypocritical. She is portrayed as being someone who is not materialistic, yet she does and says stuff which makes her exactly so. It is repeated in the book that Pierce is very caring, but there were some of her actions that the author made her sound not so caring which I thought was very contradicting to how Pierce was really supposed to be portrayed.
Plot Summary
This book is called Abandon written by Meg Cabot. It is the first book in her Abandon trilogy. The author tells a story of a girl named Pierce Oliviera. She is excited to start her first day of school and have a new beginning, but the only thing stopping her is him. She knows he is looking for her and is around when she needs him, yet although he is around she is scared of what he wants from her. Thinking that it would be easy to have a new beginning and a new life, Pierce struggles with the fact that someone is trying to take her back from where she came from, and that is the Underworld. Pierce and her mother moved to Isla Huesos where they thought they’d get a new start, but the more Pierce tried to run away, the more she gets pulled towards the world that she has escaped. The man that she was avoiding is the man who she thinks she may be falling in love with. She knows what it's like to die, because she's done it once before. But now death wants her back.
Ending
Since this is the first part of the trilogy, the ending of this story was not very satisfying. It did make me feel like I could continue on reading the next books that follow to find out the true ending of this book. I discovered that this book was actually based on the Hades-Persephone

Myth. I am not into Greek mythology but reading this book made me curious of how the real myth was written and how well the author illustrated the myth into this book. Overall the book was not my favorite but it was actually not bad as well. I recommend people that are into the retelling of Greek myths to read this book and see for yourself whether or not it was worth while.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Story held my interest 
 
3.0
Writing style 
 
3.5
Characters 
 
4.0

Abandon

User Review

Setting
The story takes place know as themIsle,of Bones where Pierce and her motherngomtommakema fresh start. This little island is different to say the least. high School kids celebrate something called coffin day, hurricanes are common, oh, and didmI mention it just happens to be a gateway to the underworld? Fun Place, huh!.
Characters
Peirce is a girl who died, she drowned. Then, she came back. But she remembers the underworld, yes, the Greek version with the river and the lost souls. John is a guardian of the underworld and a sucker for a pretty face, or at least Pierce. She is literally the one who got away .
Good Points
The story is a modern twist in the Greek myth of the underworld, you know, the one with Persephone. The fates have it in for John, and Pierce is unpredictable.
Plot Summary
After Pierce doesn't die, she tries to tell her parents about her escape from the underworld. Theirmresponse is to send her to counseling, which doesn't help since John followed her back. Sometimes it's better to stay dead.
Ending
I was disappointed because it really didn't end yet. I have to to read the next book in the trilogy. But I like Greek myths enough that I will.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
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