Saturday, July 6, 2013

Underworld Read-a-long

I had originally planned to start the read-a-long for Underworld, the second book in the Abandon trilogy, today but while getting everything ready I realized I was having a hard time separating what happened in which book.

My own fault since I read both Abandon and Underworld within a few days together, so of course a year later everything has kind of gotten together.

So for today I thought it'd be best to have a quick recap of Abandon.

Spoilers ahead for anyone who has not read Abandon.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

First off you should know by now that it's a "darkly re-imagined" retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth.

Pierce dies, drowns in her pool after she tripped on a scarf her grandmother gave her, and ends up in the Underworld where she meets John Hayden, whom she had already met at a previous time. Her grandfathers funeral, after her grandmother sent her out. (sensing a pattern here?)
John offers her a chance to stay with him in the Underworld, and well Pierce escapes. By throwing tea at him and running away.
Pierce gets a second chance at life and, well it doesn't go well, because Pierce came back from the dead with a new friend. Or stalker, if you prefer.
In a plot point in which I would have liked to have heard more about her best friend kills herself, and while trying to get evidence that her teacher is responsible Pierce ends up in a lot more trouble.  Resulting in her being moved by her mother to Isla Huesos, where oh hey, John is waiting.

Log story short, John wants her back, and Pierce clearly wants him, they find out the furies (angry spirits) (cough cough her Grandma) are out to get him and want to use Pierce as his weakness so what is a protective boyfriend to do? He takes her back to the Underworld.

I clearly wrote this quickly, sorry about that my internet server is acting up only giving me Facebook to work with, because that's useful, so if I missed anything that you feel is important feel free to let me know. Like the story of her uncle which I know I totally missed, and possibly a few deaths.

Next week definitely read-a-long, it'll be about four weeks so that's how the book will be separated, into 4 parts, about 6 or so chapters, give or take they're not numbered.

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