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Abandon - Meg Cabot
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Abandon - Meg Cabot
Advantages: Easy to read
Disadvantages: Not very long
There is no one that knows for certain what happens and where you go when you die however Meg Cabot's debut in her latest young adult fantasy romance themed trilogy opens up a flurry of questions and debates about this very subject. Abandon is a first person narrative 267 page novel about that time no one really understands, that time no one really talks about, that time when Pierce Oliviera died when she was just fifteen years old but don't worry, she came back because she had hypothermia. When Pierce died she found herself at a lakeside where there were a huge number of people waiting to board the boats. In her confusion she began looking around for something familiar, something she would recognise and that is when she saw Him and He took her away from the lake, He tried to make her safe but it wasn't enough and she ran away...And then Pierce Oliveria woke up, tried to get better, watched her parents divorce and try to keep her friends away from all the evil.
The story supposedly takes place in the present yet time only moves forward about two days yet the novel tells of Pierce's entire lifetime. In a series of flashbacks we learn why Pierce died, how she met that boy and how she escaped from the Underworld. Sadly, this book was not as captivating as the tag line 'She know's what it's like to die...Now death wants her back.' which really gripped me at first as well as the beautifully artistic, black and white paper back cover. It looked like it would be a very romantic tale indeed and whilst it was, it was also a bit 'young'. Now, I know I should probably steer clear of the younger books if I want to stop this feeling I couldn't help but be drawn to this story. The book has a great plot actually, it's quite predictable and a very easy read and I like the way it deals with death as a very okay subject yet it reads like a diary. By that I mean it is a bit like reading someones mind (Well, I expect it would be anyway) and what they're thinking in that exact moment, the writing style comes across as very distracted and darts off between past and present conversations as well as the odd flashback. Whilst this is appropriate for the story it comes across as a bit incomplete to me, as if this was the first draft and it hadn't properly been edited.
I can't help but feel this was the effect Cabot wanted to achieve in this book, a confused story through the eyes of a confused and distracted girl. Abandon comes across as if the book is Pierce Oliviera herself and the writing style displays this by drifting off course. Whilst I found this easy to follow it may come across confusing to others.
The themes are very much that of it's title, how Pierce seems a lost cause to some of her family members, doctors and friends. She was abandoned by her best friend at her previous school, forced to move away with her mother to The Island of Bones and now is being hunted by some sort of evil that is not clear until the very last pages. There is an element of romance throughout the story which is enjoyable to read yet it isn't the main theme throughout the book. I would say the main theme throughout the book is the survival instinct, sinking or swimming and prey vs predator. I can't say too much about that without adding a variety of spoilers but it does make you feel like you're reading someone's life guide rather than a book.
Overall, whilst I enjoyed reading this and will probably go on to read the next, Abandon was a good read and had elements I enjoyed it was not the best I've read and is fairly easy to forget. A short, entertaining read that could have been so much more. Perhaps one to read on holiday or whilst taking a long trip but not something I would urge you to rush out and buy.
Summary: A good, easy, quick read. Enjoyable for most of the teenage romance genre.
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