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A Reader of Fictions: Going Under - Evanescence

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Going Under - Evanescence

Abandon Trilogy, Book 1

Author: Meg Cabot
Pages: 304
Publisher: Point

Brief Summary:
Pierce Oliviera died when she was 15 years old. She is one of few people to have come back from the dead. Everyone wants to know what death was like, but she knows no one would believe her, even if she told the truth. When she died, she discovered that Greek myths about had it right. And she's the new Persephone. Only, she ran away, leaving John (the Hades figure) sad and betrayed. In her new home on Isla Huesos and her new school (for troubled teens), Pierce has met John again and knows that things will be anything but simple, especially since there might be worse things than John surrounding Pierce.

Like most Meg Cabot books, Abandon is a quick absorbing read. Having read most of her extensive ouevre, I would place this roughly in the middle of the pack so far as quality goes. The idea of Abandon was amazing; I was looking forward to this one so hard, because I was obsessed with Greek myth as a child. The myth of Persephone being tricked into the Underworld is not one of my favorites, but any Greek myth is better than none Greek myth.

Foreshadowing can be a super handy writing tool. However, it ought to be used sparingly and carefully. Meg Cabot did not follow this rule in the creation of this novel. Almost every chapter ended with a dramatic bit of foreshadowing of the "had I known what would happen next..." variety. Sigh. Just put 'to be continued' at the end of each chapter and be done with it. There just was not any need for it. If you have to try to force people to keep going with a lure of future drama, clearly your book wasn't interesting enough. Really, I think this would keep the intended audience going without these constant, hackneyed warnings.

Another weakness here was the odd subplot wherein Pierce tries to befriend the popular kids at her school (who usually ignore the D-Wing, aka truobled kids) students of the school) so that she can make them leave her cousin, Alex, and his friend Kayla alone. These sections really do not seem to fit with the rest of the plot very well. I imagine the need for this might be clear later in the series, but, for now, they were rather obnoxious, largely because Pierce's behavior seemed both out of character and completely illogical.

So far, the romance in the series has been pretty much entirely uninspired. I do not ship anyone and I actually find Pierce and John's relationship to rather creepy and Stockholm Syndrome-ish. The ending is not a resolution, so much as a stop because this novel had reached the requisite number of pages.

Mostly, Abandon was not what I was hoping for, but I will still be reading the rest of the series for sure. If you need a beach read for this summer, Abandon will likely suffice.

"I'm going under
Drowning in you

I'm falling forever

I've got to break through

I'm going under

Blurring and stirring - the truth and the lies.

So I don't know what's real and what's not

Always confusing the thoughts in my head

So I can't trust myself anymore"

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Blogger Nori said...

Sad. I was hoping it would be better!

June 21, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Owl In A Cloak said...

I've been reading Cabot since I was a preteen and this one was a big let down for me.

April 6, 2012 at 3:15 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I've read around 40 Cabot books, and I do think this one was a let down. My favorite probably will always be the mediator series. Most of her newer stuff, I haven't been a huge fan of, with the exception of the Heather Wells books. The single books were good, but not mind-blowing.

April 6, 2012 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger lexiechan said...

I haven't read Meg Cabot's and I am actually planning to read this one. And reading your review kind of makes me rethink my decision in reading this. lol. :3 But in any case, I'll still try and read it since I like Greek Myths too. :D

May 18, 2012 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

You may like it. BUT the best Meg Cabot, imo, is the Mediator series. So, whether or not you like Abandon, make sure you read those books! The first book in the series is Shadowland!

May 18, 2012 at 8:41 AM  

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