Awaken (Abandon Trilogy Series #3)

Awaken (Abandon Trilogy Series #3)

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by Meg Cabot

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness -- and safety -- are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But there's only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.

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Praise for ABANDON

"Meg Cabot is arguably the queen of contemporary teen novels . . . Her retelling of this old myth is smart, sassy, and of the moment." -- NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

"Pierce is an endearing and amusing heroine, and John is an ethereal yet ardent lover who should elicit a few sighs." -- BOOKLIST ONLINE

"Readers will love Cabot's newest venture into mythological lore." -- TEENREADS.COM

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
The third book in the "Abandoned" series, a reimagining of the myth of Persephone reaches its crescendo in, Awaken. The balance that existed between Earth and the Underworld has been thrown off and the Furies threaten heroin Pierce Oliviero and everyone that she has come to love. In an epic battle she and her group of friends must find a way to battle these body inhabiting furies in order to put everything back the way it should be, thus securing the future of both of her homes. Readers will be disappointed in the drawn out path to the final battle, that does little more than reacquaint Pierce with past characters and draw them in to current events. There is little to no action in the first third of the book and lovers of the series may find themselves skimming ahead to find out if Pierce and John make it in the end. The love story that precluded this book seems a bit lost and while the conclusion leaves few questions to the imagination there are still some loose ends that go unaccounted for. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
There is trouble in the Underworld. The boats that carry the dead to their final destination are late; there is a major storm brewing and Pierce's boyfriend John, a death deity, ends up dead when he tries to thwart the Furies who are causing all the havoc. He should not be able to die. Seventeen-year-old Pierce must determine what to do for all the people waiting for their final voyage and how to bring John back to life. She embarks on a quest to find Thanatos, the death god who is the only one who can save John. It takes all of Pierce's ingenuity, along with the help of her cousin Alex, friend Kayla, and other friends from the Underworld to save John and restore the balance between life and death before both the Underworld and Earth are destroyed. In this third volume of the darkly rewritten Persephone myth, Pierce learns to take responsibility for herself and others, taking command when John is gone. She finds her strength and accepts her intense feelings for John. After John returns, there is a balance in their relationship giving hope that the plan for their lives will succeed. It would be difficult to follow the story without having read the previous books, but fans will be most anxious to read the final installment of the Abandon series. Reviewer: Deborah L. Dubois
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Pierce Oliviera is one powerful 17-year-old. She's got the love and devotion of John Hayden and with that comes tremendous responsibility-by loving him back she's agreed to live forevermore in the Underworld as its queen. Everything seems to be going pretty well, as well as it can be going in the Underworld, until the Furies exact their revenge and John ends up dead. No one thought he could die, and maybe he's not all the way dead, but the problem is that the Furies have returned and the fates of both the Underworld and Isla Huesos, Pierce's home on Earth, are at stake if they aren't stopped. Pierce must leave the Underworld along with some assorted buddies to get John back and stop those pesky Furies before everything and everyone she loves are destroyed. This fun and engaging take on the Persephone/Hades myth will definitely appeal to devotees of Greek mythology, tragic love stories, and paranormal tales. Cabot does a great job of bringing readers up to speed, and although it would be beneficial to have read the earlier books, there is enough backstory for those who just pick up this title on a whim. The author offers a story that is full of nail-biting, heart-racing moments, but that has bits of humor peppered throughout and brings the characters to life. Sex is alluded to a couple of times throughout the story, but never specifically or graphically described. Fake curse words like "fudge" and other nonspecific stand-ins for the words are used liberally, but there's nothing gratuitous enough that would make the book inappropriate for younger teens. Recommend not only to those who love the other books in the trilogy, but also to any readers who enjoy a little romance with their myths.—Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
The third in Cabot's kinda-sorta reimagining of the Persephone myth takes the trilogy to an appropriately Sturm-und-Drang conclusion. As the story opens, 17-year-old Pierce has embraced both immortal boyfriend John, lord of the Underworld, and an eternity by his side. All is not well in the land of the dead, though, as the Fates who watch over the Underworld have apparently abandoned it, leaving it vulnerable to the malevolent Furies. A gumming-up of the movement of recently deceased souls through the Underworld to their final destinations has resulted in a "pestilence" that threatens both the land of the dead and Pierce's mortal home, Isla Huesos (an alternate Key West). And then John is killed….With a posse that includes her kickass friend, Kayla, and her recently killed-but-resurrected cousin, Alex, along with some of John's Underworld cohorts and a few doughty, newly dead souls, Pierce ascends to the surface to try to set things right. Plotting is not this book's strength, as the rules governing the Underworld and the web of vendettas that fuels Isla Huesos' maladies feel more than a little arbitrary; moreover, the frequent descents into classic paranormal-romance angst tire rather than titillate. But Cabot's characterizations are mostly sharp, and when she indulges her talent for snappy dialogue, the book wakes up. Though unlikely to win new fans to the trilogy, this closer offers its enthusiasts some moments to enjoy. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Abandon Trilogy Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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 fifteen 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 two cats. Visit Meg online at

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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