The Myth of Persephone, Darkly Reimagined
— Book One: Abandon —
She didn't fall into his world. She was taken.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce 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 lets herself fall any further, she might find herself back in the place she fears the most.
And when Pierce discovers the shocking truth, that’s exactly where John sweeps her:
"Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. Anything at all.
A girl is laughing with her friends.
Suddenly, a crater splits apart the earth. Through it bursts a
man in an ink black chariot forged in the deepest pits of hell,
drawn by stallions with hooves of steel and eyes of flame.
Before anyone can shout a warning, before the girl can turn
and run, those thundering hooves are upon her.
The girl isn’t laughing anymore. Instead, she’s screaming.
It’s too late. The man has leaned out of his ink black chariot to
seize her by the waist and pull her back down into that crater
Life as she once knew it will never be the same.
You don’t have to worry about that girl, though. She’s just a
character from a book. Her name was Persephone, and her being
kidnapped by Hades, the god of the dead, and taken to live with
him in the Underworld was how the Greeks explained the chang-
ing of the seasons. It’s what’s known as an origin myth.
What happened to me? That’s no myth.
A few days ago, if you’d told me some story about a girl who
had to go live with a guy in his underground palace for six months
out of the year, I’d just have laughed. You think that girl has
problems? I’ll tell you who has problems: me. Way bigger ones
Especially now, after what happened the other night in the
cemetery. What really happened, I mean.
The police think they know, of course. So does everyone at
school. Everyone on the whole island, it seems, has a theory.
That’s the difference between them and me. They all have
So who cares what happened to Persephone? Compared to
what happened to me, that’s nothing.
Persephone was lucky, actually. Because her mom showed up
to bail her out.
No one’s coming to rescue me.
So take my advice: whatever you do?
Some quick thoughts:
What was with "Check yourself before you wreck yourself"
How about the transitions for the flashbacks - anyone else get confused?
I feel bad for John. I am hoping that we find out more about his story in the next one.
I am hoping for Cabot to tell us more about the Underworld and the legend of Persephone
I liked it. I will read the next two.