Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Underworld by Meg Cabot


Title: Underworld
Series: Abandon Trilogy
Book #: Two

Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Source: Local Library 
Format: Hard Cover

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Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape. (taken from goodreads.com) 
I have always said that Meg Cabot rules the world of teen lit. Her Princess Diaries books and dozens of other novels have captivated the minds of countless teenage girls and adult women. Why? Because she's downright hilarious and enjoys voicing the innermost thoughts of every girl. Her books are brilliant. However, I truly believe that Cabot's forte is realistic fiction packed with humor. Underworld, with it's serious and somewhat dark plot, lacks Cabot's spark.

Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed this sequel. It is, after all, a Meg Cabot book. How can I not at least like a book that she wrote? However, Underworld isn't her best work. As the story picks up where the first book, Abandon, left off, I couldn't help but question Pierce. Her decisions and opinions didn't always click. Her determination and wittiness sometimes made up for her poor judgement, but many times I was just annoyed with her. 

The plot could have been so much more. I mean, we're talking about the Underworld here. The Lord of the Dead. Myths, legends, furies, all sorts of possibilities. For some reason, the story stays confined to one simple, somewhat boring plot line. I thought the story would become more complex as events unfolded, but it barely did. After I finished the book, I was like is that it? 

Despite my criticisms, Cabot did enchant me with her ideas of the Underworld. A castle filled with whatever you want? Clothes, food, hot spring baths, anything? I am so there. Not to mention the lord of the Underworld, John, is as attractive as ever. Sure, his personality is a little bland, but his fierce protectiveness of Pierce is admirable.

Honestly, I don't have much to say about this novel. I still adore Meg Cabot, but Underworld is a bit of a let down. If you loved Abandon, I would still recommend this sequel. Just don't expect too much from it. Hopefully the next book in the series will be more impressive. 


Rating: 3 Stars