Please join me in welcoming Meg Cabot here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in her new Abandon series, Abandon, was recently released on April 26, 2011. You can read an excerpt from Chapter 1 and Chapter 4. The next stop on Meg’s tour will be on Wednesday, May 4th over at – Forever Young Adult
Meg Cabot’s many series and books for both adults and tweens/teens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers and have sold over fifteen million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than 38 countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg also wrote the NY Times bestselling Mediator, Airhead, and Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, as well as Insatiable (look for the sequel in summer of 2011), and the award-winning novels All-American Girl and Avalon High. Her new series for teens, Abandon, debuts in April of 2011. Ms. Cabot (her last name rhymes with habit — as in, “her books have been known to be habit–forming”) lives in Key West with her husband and two cats.
Death and the Single Girl
Meg Cabot Meets the Grim Reaper
What happens to us after we die? This is something people have wondered for thousands of years. A lot of people think they know, but the heroine of my new book Abandon, Pierce Oliviera, really does know. That’s because she died . . .
. . . but then she came back to life after being resuscitated.
The problem is, someone wants her back.
That’s why the first chapter of Abandon begins with this excerpt from Dante’s The Divine Comedy:
Through every city shall he hunt her down
Until he shall have driven her back to Hell
There from whence envy first did let her loose.
The Italian poet Dante Alighieri knew a little something about life after death. Written in the 1300’s, the first volume of Dante’s epic poem, Inferno, tells the story of his journey to the Underworld.
Guided by the Roman poet Virgil, Dante makes his treacherous journey, facing some serious dangers along the way.
Because Pierce journeys to the same realm as Dante (but not by choice!) and because she, like him, knows what the afterlife is really like, I knew I had to begin each chapter of Abandon with a passage from The Divine Comedy. Dante’s words perfectly capture the fear and confusion that Pierce experiences after she dies . . . especially when it turns out somebody she’s met in the Underworld doesn’t want to let her come back.
“Before me there were no created things,
Only eternal, and I eternal last.
All hope abandon, ye who enter in!”
In Inferno, this is the inscription above the entrance to Hell. In Abandon, many of the characters have been abandoned—or at least given up hope—in some way, particularly the guy Pierce meets while she’s in the Underworld . . . John Hayden, who might have a little bit too strong of an interest in keeping her down there with him.
What does John want from Pierce? Why is he so gloomy? Well, you probably would be, too, if you had to live in the Underworld.
Still, Pierce somehow clings to hope, even though she’s seen some pretty bad things in life. And in death. She’s a good person, even though she’s made some bad mistakes, and she does want to make the world a better place. That’s why, in the end, she has to face her fears . . . not just about John, but about herself.
What Pierce finds out—not just about the Underworld, but about her life on earth as well—is what makes Abandon the perfect title for the book.
But I’m not sure I’m ready to abandon hope just yet!
About the book:
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knows what happens to us when we die. That’s how she met John Hayden, the mysterious stranger who’s made returning to normal life—or at least life as Pierce knew it before the accident—next to impossible. Though she thought she escaped him—starting a new school in a whole new place—it turns out she was wrong. He finds her. What does John want from her? Pierce thinks she knows…just like she knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven. But she can’t stay away from him, either, especially since he’s always there when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she let’s herself fall any further, she might find herself back in the place she fears most. And when Pierce discovers the shocking truth, that’s exactly where John sweeps her: The Underworld.
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