When Pierce first sees him, she thinks he is a murderer. She’s right about one thing-he does take lives. But not in the way she ever imagined. Pierce is drawn to the dark stranger even as she tries to uncover the mystery surrounding the tragic death of someone close to her. As she gets closer to the truth-and the stranger-unexpected secrets are revealed, even in her own heart.
Well first off wow the novel summation I got from the Chapter’s site is kind of bad. The book is about a girl named Pierce who died and in the underworld caught the eye of the ruler of the dead. However, she didn’t stay dead, she didn’t become a zombie, she escaped. Now in her present day life she sees the ruler of the dead a lot. It is a sort of modern-day Persephone and Hades story. However, only the basics of that myth are touched in this book. Who knows what the other books in the trilogy will bring. I did not like the way this book was written. It took a very long time, about three-quarters into the book for me to be able to follow the book coherently. I don’t know if this was done because Pierce was supposed to be seen as crazy thus making her thought process erratic and then near the end of the book she doesn’t see herself as crazy anymore. The first problem was that Pierce and others kept referring to past events without any explanations. The past events were eventually explained at a much later time. Secondly in the middle of a sentence a new train of thought or a tangent would occur making it hard to follow the original sentence. Other than these flaws I thought the book was interesting. I’m not a very big Meg Cabot fan and I probably wouldn’t have picked this book if the whole lure of Hades and Persephone myth didn’t reach me. Pierce as a character seemed perfect on the outside but she was deeply damaged inside. She was very quick to jump to conclusions throughout the book, wasn’t very rational, and didn’t really take in other people views. Also, she was very quick to blame John for everything that was wrong when he wasn’t involved. The romance between John and Pierce was very one-sided until near the end of the book when some development takes place. I hope that future books will have more character development. Also, the story was interesting and it left off on a climax which I hope the other books in the trilogy pick up on. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy Meg Cabot, those who enjoy some Greek myth, and those who are up to the challenge for this somewhat difficult read. The book was in fairness a good story.
The book is a trilogy and the next book is called Underworld.