Author: Meg Cabot
Released: April 2011
Summary: 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. 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. The myth of Persephone...darkly reimagined. - from Goodreads.
Abandon is based loosely on the myth of Persephone and Hades and is told from the point of view of Pierce, a 17 year old girl who died and was brought brought back to life when she was 15 years old. Since the NDE (Near Death Experience) Pierce's life has irrevocably changed, as she struggles to deal with what occurred while she was in the afterlife. The story goes back and forth from present to past tense to reveal tidbits about Pierce's past and the circumstances that brought her from Connecticut to the Florida Keys. Cabot uses foreshadowing and the slow revelation of Pierce's story to keep readers interested in the narrative. Just when you think you have it all worked out there is a new mystery to untangle and even a very surprising twist. Not every mystery is resolved at the end of the novel and it finishes with a bit of a cliffhanger, which I guess is to be expected given that Abandon is the first novel in a series of three.
It would be easy to pin Pierce down as nothing more than a spoilt rich girl, however her caring nature, which is what attracts Lord of the Underworld, and love interest, John Hayden to her, and her deep sense of being an 'outsider' and abandonment made her a compelling character. The interactions between Pierce and John were minimal, and revealed mostly in flashbacks. In Abandon Cabot establishes the groundwork for what looks to be a promising series. I'm really looking forward to reading the next installment and getting all my questions answered!