Awaken by Meg Cabot

By Meg Cabot
Published on July 2, 2013
Published by Point
Source: Publisher for Review
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.

I love books that have to do with mythology, the underworld and especially the story of Hades.  Awaken is the last book in a series by Meg Cabot where that is the focus.  I have to say, after reading all three books- this book is hands down the best.

Some of the problems that I thought were in the previous two books- not covering much material and feeling like the entire 300 pages were about one day have been fixed in Awaken.  The plot moves fast- very fast and at some points I found myself rereading passages to make sure I was getting everything out of the book.

I appreciated the story between Pierce and John.  They have such an odd and complex relationship.  I appreciated that Pierce isn't a powerless girl in this story- she kicks butt the entire story. I really wish that the author would have explored one part of the storyline a little more (it has to do with John being trapped).  It seemed like that part of the story was glossed over in the resolution.

All in all, Awaken is the best of the series, the action scenes shine and the drama is palpable.  I really enjoyed this series and am pretty sad to see it end.

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