Abandon (the Abandon Trilogy, Book 1)

Abandon (the Abandon Trilogy, Book 1)

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New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Pierce knows what it's like to die, because she's done it before. 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.Now she's moved to a new town, but even here, he finds her. Pierce 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. 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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 30mm | 431g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0545284104
  • 9780545284103
  • 81,942

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Praise for Meg Cabot: "Cabot shows the dark side behind the bling-blingy superficial worlds." --Teenreads.com"[The] strong, amusing voice, the plot twists, and the possibility of romance will draw mystery and chick-lit readers alike." --ALA Booklist "Bag the tiara and get out the gun ... Cabot delivers." --Publishers Weekly
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About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot's many series and books for adults, teens, and tweens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers and have sold more than twenty-five million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than thirty-eight countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mediator, Airhead, Insatiable, and Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series, as well as the award-winning novels All-American Girl and Avalon High. Meg lives in Key West with her husband and their cat. Visit Meg online at www.megcabot.com.
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39,173 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 28% (11,145)
4 31% (11,964)
3 26% (10,368)
2 10% (3,888)
1 5% (1,808)

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We all, humans, have wondered what is awaiting us after death. A shining Heaven? A horrible Hell? Nirvana? A perfect place created for each one of us? Nothing? We all wonder but Pierce knows. She died. And came back. If you are a fan of Greek Mythology then the place she went is the coolest of all: The Underworld. Oh yeah. And there she met with an old friend. A very old friend, one she met when her grandfather died and... he hadn't change at all. Weird. Never mind that, she was absolutely glad to find someone in a place where two lines of people - the one where she was in silence and the other line full of people trying to get to her line- were waiting for a boat to come... a boat to go where anyway?! So she did the only thing she thought could help: go and talk to him. But not all the things that shine are gold and her friend had a secret: ruler of the Underworld was his work and he just had, on purpose, made her lost her turn to go in the boat. Say what?! But she managed to run away from him and go back to live. She even thought that it had been a bad dream after the accident she had in the swimming-pool until she found in her hand the pendant he gave her to protect her. So yeah, it was no dream. And now, in a small island where her mother wanted to start new life for both of them (and where Pierce believed she wouldn't see him again) he was back. And she was afraid because every time their paths converged something bad happened to someone else. But deep down she knew that John wasn't that bad. And she was in danger, again, but not from him. Personal opinion: I'm a huge fan of Meg Cabot's books - for teenagers and for adults-. I believe her work is brilliant and when I read about this book my first thought was: "Greek mythology + Meg Cabot = AWESOMENESS!" and I wasn't wrong. The new modern twist is great, I'm really curious about John's work. You want me to tell you his work? Sorry, can't do, no spoilers here ;) But I can tell you that he is not Hades. But the plot of this book represents Hades and Persephone's myth. But yes, he is hot, he is awesome and he is dangerous. Really dangerous, specially if you try to harm Pierce. Add VERY protective to one of his qualities. And Pierce is nice. Maybe too much sometimes. And a bit clueless when it comes to help people. I mean, yes, she cares and she tries to help but sometimes she doesn't care if by heling someone else she gets in troubles... big troubles. What after a while turns to be a little bit annoying, but that's Pierce, right? You have to love her (or you can hate her, up to you, haha). The next book has to be great because the ending of this one was... bufff... let's just say that I kept pressing the buttons of my reader expecting new pages to, magically, appear and continue reading. As I always say, dreaming is free.show more
by Alaiel Kreuz
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) First off, again, this is Meg Cabot. I always know I'm going to like a book by her, because hello, she's awesome. This book didn't disappoint. I mean, I didn't like it AS much as I thought I would. But I still really liked it and I'm looking forward to it's sequel. When I realized this book was set in Florida, I was ecstatic. I live in Florida myself, but in the upper area of the state. My mother-in-law, however, lives in the Keys, where the story is set. Now I can't wait to go back down and visit her so I can go to the cemetery that Pierce goes to in the book. I didn't realize that Isla Huesos was Key West. I thought it was just some other island that was made up for the novel. I love the descriptions in this book. She get's the Florida weather right down to the tiniest detail. Especially with the humidity! About it being like soup when you walk out, yes, that is exactly how to describe it. I've always found it hard to describe it, but she has the perfect way. And I'm not going to lie, I will definitely be using that when someone asks me to describe the humidity here. Since this book was basically the set up for the rest of the trilogy, I didn't get into it right away. It was mostly told in flashbacks. Stuff that have already happened and she was just telling you about it. Giving you the back story. Which I am very thankful for. =) Towards the end I really got into it and that shows that the next book will be loads better. I love how this is kind of based on the myth of Hades and Persephone. Reading this really makes me want to go back and re-read the myth and go slower this time. I love mythology, so I'm really liking this new YA trend of mythological books. =) Overall, I really liked this book. You can never go wrong with Meg Cabot. This is very different from the rest of her novels, somewhat a bit darker. If you are a fan of Meg Cabot and/or a fan of Greek mythology, you don't want to miss out on this book.show more
by Amanda
If you read this book my guess is that your first impression of Pierce is that she's a bit crazy. Well, she's not. You see she died, but only for a moment. During that moment between life and death, she paid the Underworld a visit. From that she gained a sexy stalker named John protecting her from anything that may harm her. But what did I think of it? I am a HUGE Meg Cabot fan and I was expecting a lot out of this book. Unfortunately, I found the first half of the book was a bit slow at first, I felt as if I was forcing myself to read it whereas most books I read draw me in right from the beginning. After the first half of the book the addiction to reading Abandon started to grow, I started to take it everywhere I went! I found the characters very different, but a good different! They weren't your usual hopeless girl meets attractive boy, and that's why Pierce and John have been really interesting to read about. From how the book finished, I must say I am looking forward to the next book to coming out in 2012! Keep up the good work Meg!show more
by Melissa
After reading Princess diaries and the airhead trilogy by Meg Cabot, I really wanted to read this book because I loved her previous books and this one seemed to be for slightly older readers by looking at the cover. Meg Cabot's books which i read previously have a female main character and something that happens to her which makes the whole story (eg a simple teenager becoming a princess, two different girls change bodies and now - a girl comes back from the dead?). After reading this book I can say it is quite different to the previous books I read from Meg Cabot. The style of writing was very interesting to read and quite fast paced. I would recommend Abandon to many friends and I know they would like it, although the main character is a bit annoying sometimes when I read about her outlook on life :). I don't want to give out any details of the story, but I can say, I really want to read the next book in the series.show more
by Agne Rimkute
My personal opinion: About the author: For me she is one of the best writers of this era, I love all their stories, and how to narrate, I advise them everybody who wants to enjoy a good read at any time of year. About of Abandon: Not really even know where to start ... The synopsis, itself, is appealing from the beginning to end. Who does not love a good story that brings a little of everything: love, drama, some crazy hill, a villain, a character string crazier than sometimes living in their own world, and a main character who has more than demon angel? About of story: I loved the book from beginning to end, the only thing is that the story itself takes place in so few days that you spend reading very fast, and when you just think you missing data everywhere. I recommend it completely. It's an entertaining story, which just want to know more, know more data, it does not end. The author has treated the subject of death and life and the idea of ​​the intermediate site, from where the souls, from a rational perspective, easy to understand and with which you can get into the role of actors and imagine. Explains the essentials of the situation without giving a theoretical roll, and also gets you interesting historical data on legends, stories, or as we like to call them.show more
by María Solaz Izquierdo
I was really excited to read this book. The whole re-adaption and inspiration of the Hades/Persephone story seemed incredibly intriguing and I couldn't wait to see what Cabot would do with it. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, there is a story there and I did enjoy it but I felt the way it was told drew it out out a little too much and then the flashbacks confused the issue more than it clarified. I found myself a little frustrated at the way each chapter was drawn out and would allude to what was to happen further on in such a way that it drew from the suspense rather than added to it.  I also found myself a little fristrated with main character, Pierce, who seemed to vacillate between total cluelessness and knowing almost too much and found the revelations toward the end came just a little too easily. That being said, there was a definitely story there and I still found myself wanting to read to the end to see where it was going. This is the first book in a trilogy so it was clear Cabot was trying to set up the trilogy as well as tell a first instalment story. Despite the above, I did actually really quite enjoy the story and will continue to read the next instalment as I am still intrigued as to where it will go however the above did distract me a little from the story bring my rating of this book from from four to three stars. Definitely worth reading especially if you are not easily distracted by writing styles.show more
by Nikk Karlovsky
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