The Compulsive Reader: Underworld by Meg Cabot

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Underworld by Meg Cabot

The beginning of Underworld finds Pierce Oliviera back in the place she thought she'd left for good two years ago. John Hayden keeps telling her that the Underworld is the only safe place for her, away from the reach of the Furies. But Pierce isn't in the Underworld for very long before she discovers that she's not the only one in danger from the Furies--there are those that would put her family in danger, specifically her cousin Alex. But there are also secrets that John is keeping that threaten Pierce's safety and happiness unless she and John learn to trust each other...before there's no going back.

The second installment in Meg Cabot's Abandon trilogy is a whirlwind of an adventure. The whole book takes place in the space of a little more than a day, so it is a fast-paced read, and Cabot does a good job at keeping the action evenly spaced out. The best part about this book is the developing relationship between Pierce and John. Now that Pierce has admitted her feelings, she and John need to find even ground and they need to learn how to communicate with each other. There are many secrets, half-revealed truths, and misunderstandings between them at the start, but they learn how to trust each other and tell the truth in the face of the weird rules governing their relationship and their many differences. In between all of the action and relationship issues, there are some new characters, many humorous moments, and nicely placed revelations that will be a surprise to both Pierce and the reader. Underworld is just as exciting as Abandon, with its lush setting, tumultuous history, and darker island traditions. The ending will leave readers hanging and guessing as to where Pierce's story will go next.

Cover Comments: I like how this cover is much darker than the prequels, and the hand seems to be pulling the model down--very appropriate!


LinWash said...

I've been waiting for this book and hoping it wouldn't have the second book flatness that many series have. I'll be glad to dive into it once it appears at my local bookstore.

Addie R. said...

Glad you liked it! I've been waiing for Underworld to come out since the release of Abandon. Good to know that it doesn't disappoint!

Mary Preston said...

High praise!! I look forward to reading it.