Underworld by Meg Cabot Book Review

Book Cover for Underworld by Meg CabotUnderworld (Abandon #2)
Meg Cabot
Publisher: Point
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Pages: 336
Challenges: 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge

Rating: 5 stars

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.

After reading Abandon, I simply could not wait to read Underworld. I am happy to share that Underworld was basically everything I was looking for in a sequel. It was enticing, quick paced, and one heck of a read. I cannot wait for Awaken, book 3, after the awesome that was Underworld.

Quite literally, by about page 3 I was completely sucked in and didn’t put Underworld down until I had finished. Meg Cabot has taken the myth of Persephone and Hades and modernized and changed it, which makes this series so much fun to read. Everything is new and exciting, since I never know what changes Meg Cabot is going to have made. The plot is always intense, and the scenes between Pierce and John are just adorable. I love the banter between them.

I love John. He is such a complex character and has such charm – I can’t help but to love him. Readers learn so much more about his character and background in Underworld, which was neat. Pierce really grows as a character in Underworld, which made me like her even more. She is just such a great main character.  In Underworld, a lot of new characters are introduced, and I really loved them all. They all brought something different to the story.

The ending was an absolute killer! The wait for Awaken is going to be intense indeed. The way Meg Cabot has built the story, Awaken is going to just blow the tops off of both Abandon and Underworld, which I am super excited about. Is it next year yet?

This series is one of my favorites. I just love how Meg Cabot has really made the myth her own and went with it. It is so wonderful, and I could just reread it over and over.  Underworld by Meg Cabot is a book you will be sad to have missed.

And Underworld‘s cover is just as gorgeous as Abandon‘s – these are some of my all time favorite covers!


  1. says

    I listened to the first on on audio but somehow it didn’t convince me but this might have been due the narration which seemed dull to me.. Anyway I love Greek Mythology and I’m excited to see you so excited about this sequel!! I was about to give up on this series, but thanks to you I will most definitely think again!
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  2. says

    Yay so glad to see that this one is even better than Abandon. I know many people thought Abandon was good but it didn’t live up to the hype for them. Now I can’t wait to dive into this series because I do really like the myth that Cabot used to fuel this one.

    Thanks for the awesome review!
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  3. says

    Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy “Abandon”. It had so much potential and I loved the concept. But I felt like I knew everything that was going to happen before it happened. In the first chapter, she summed up what had happened, and then the next 2/3rds of the book was retelling what had been summed up. It wasn’t until the final third that I really got into it.

    Maybe, just maybe, “Underworld” would make it all better. Maybe I’ll give this series one more try.
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