It’s the end of a trilogy. So, you know what I’m going to say.
Have you read Abandon? Have you read Underworld?
Well, those are books one and two – so, if you haven’t, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW!!!
Instead, click on their titles and be whisked away to my reviews of those prior novels – and then go read the books!!!
Don’t go spoiling yourself here, okay?
Last chance to avert your eyes before the synopsis begins…
Seventeen year old Pierce Oliviera is not a normal teen girl.
For multiple reasons.
One, she’s died when she was fifteen. Or, actually, we should say she was murdered when she was fifteen.
But only temporarily. She was revived.
While she was dead she met John – John Hayden, lord of the Underworld. Extremely good looking, brooding, and wearer of tight pants.
After being revived she fought his affection – if that’s what you can call it when it was always rather angry and demanding – for quite some time.
Not any longer.
Pierce has fully accepted that she is in love with John – and that kinda makes her the queen of the Underworld.
Problem? There’s some issues going on down there.
The furies, which have been a threat to John for an epic amount of time, are still after him – and they’re beginning to succeed in causing all kinds of serious hiccups for the souls who need to board boats to their final destination.
To fulfill her new obligations to the Underworld, Pierce realizes she needs to figure out how to fix this – not only for the dead, but for the living…
I loved Abandon and liked Underworld – an opinion that I sort of doubt in retrospect, in fact I believe a full trilogy reread is in order – and Awaken? Well, it is one heck of a finale!!!
As I’ve said in the past, I was first enchanted by Meg Cabot under a different name – Jenny Carroll. Her Mediator and 1-800 series were darker and longer than the series she has been penning as of late.
Don’t get me wrong, I pretty much love every single book she puts out there – but the fact that this trilogy has a little bit of that darker edge kind of thrilled me. I still don’t know if I can put them on par with those series, but the Abandon trilogy is AWESOME!
At the start, I didn’t like a scene in which I felt (surprisingly) that Meg was mocking someone with faith in God. Yet, I do feel like this was rectified – I certainly hope so, because as a Christian and a huge fan of hers, that would suck. It did really seem to have a purpose that came full circle though, so I hope that you don’t let it put a bad taste in your mouth at the beginning!
Moving on from that, Awaken is an excellent, passionate, happily different finale!
Pierce and John’s relationship is really the core of this trilogy. It’s a retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone, after all. Only a bit less disturbing – and kinda hot.
As a character, Pierce is very unique. She knows what she wants, she has a temper, and there’s a self-assurance about her that is invigorating. She got a lot of opportunities in this last book to come into her new position, and it was both fun and suspenseful to watch that journey.
I highly enjoyed Awaken and can’t wait for even more from Meg Cabot! Soon, hopefully!!!