Monday, October 14, 2013

Awaken by Meg Cabot Review

"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."

A little something I don't get: What is up with all these "From #1 New York Times bestselling author..." Seriously, how many bestselling authors are there? 

Moving on to the more important subject. Awaken. Finally, after all these years (actually only 9 months) I have this book in my hands, in my hands. (Yes!) Meg Cabot is probably the author I can count on, because when she promises, she delivers. Always. Always. Always.

Now, I'm shattered. And I also want to escort her to the Furies for her eternal sentence. Why did she tortured me for so long? So long? I'm so upset over this tiny wording which destroyed my entire experience with the book. Meg Cabot is wonderful and great with words, but this time, she overestimated the power of words and phrases and meanings. (Now, I'm not going to ruin it all, of course). 

Awaken, overall, is a thrilling and chaotic sequel/conclusion that happens to be terribly "Oh my gosh, Kill me now" to me. Awaken, for all of you guys who don't know, is the last of the trilogy Abandon, which is also the same name for the first book. Awaken is an amazing book, contrary to what I said earlier (no, I didn't say it was horrible, but I did say it was ruined[it's fine; i'm just overreacting]). It's has an awesome synopsis, really convincing and "whoa! Help! Someone's going to die!"

Awaken's not the best of Meg Cabot, but it is still pretty good. It's smooth and funny despite the drastic situation at hand. Meg Cabot's voice shines through in this book; the familiar voice in all of her books is there narrating. 

The plot of Awaken is fast; don't be surprised when John happens to teleport people from one spot to another and you didn't know until Pierce mentions it. Yes, it is that bad. You won't see the minor details until it is mentioned by a character.

The characters of Awaken reached their aha moments. Pierce, John, that's only some of them. They will see the truth and the darkness of the world. There's good character development. (But Awaken has a similar ending feeling like the Hunger Games).

Rating: Three out of Five

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