Title: Underworld Author: Meg Cabot Illustrator: N/a Publisher: London; Macmillian Children’s Books
Genre: Fantasy Level: Upper Number of pages: 309 Pub. Date: 2012
A continuation of the Abandon series by Meg Cabot, this book follows Pierce as she struggles to deal with her budding relationship with the Lord of the Underworld. In a modern day twist on the classic Greek myth about Persephone and Hades. Pierce has been taken to the Underworld so John can protect her from the Furies. Then piece gets a video of her cousin Alex trapped in a coffin. It’s up to Pierce to save him, but to do that she must convince her captor to let her back into the land of the living.
I love how this book mixes a Modern Fantasy with the ideas from an ancient Greek myth. This story has many elements of a Fantasy book but the most prominent is the ability to make the reader feel like the events could happen. Also although part of the book takes place on a real island, it also takes place in the author’s interpretation of the Underworld. These things work to help blur the line between the realistic and unrealistic book. This book is definitely a high fantasy with major undertones of good versus evil.
I should start of by saying that I am biased, my favorite author is Meg Cabot and I have been reading her books for almost half my life. I thought this book was super creative. I love how Cabot made a modern interpretation of the Persephone myth. It integrates ancient myths, which I believe most students find fascinating with fantasy, which students also tend to love. I think this book is definitely more geared toward girls because of the underlying romance but that the slight violence would also attract some male students, which is important. Overall, this is one of my favorite books by Cabot yet.
Before: Students will read the Persephone/Hades myth
During: Students will keep a chart of parallels between the two stories. (Ex: Pierce sounds similar to Persephone)
After: Students will right modern day versions of Greek Myths they’ve chosen.