Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead. Not this time.
But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before... read more
“Even before meeting John, I'd often wondered if Persephone had eaten those six pomegranate seeds on purpose, knowing that for six months of every year for the rest of her life, she would have to return to the Underworld -- and to Hades, her new husband, of whom her mother Demeter most definitely did not approve.”
“Maybe life with Hades -- even in the Underworld -- had been preferable to life with her overprotective mom and those nymphs. Could Persephone simply not have wanted to hurt her mom's feelings by saying so out loud?”
“I'm afraid we don't have time to study the ancient Greek poets in school anymore because we have so much stuff to learn that happened since you died, such as the Civil War and the Holocaust and making files in Excel --”Pierce Oliviera
“Only a fool is never afraid, Frank. Heroes are the people who carry on despite their fear, because they know the job's got to get done --”Mr. Graves
“If the dead went unsorted because the captain was always running off to help the living, do you have any idea of the consequences, of the chaos? The souls of the dead would come spilling out onto the earth. They'd have nowhere to go, nothing to do but haunt the living. It would be a disaster. Your cousin's difficulties are heartbreaking, yes. But so is pestilence, I can assure you.”Mr. Graves
“I realize it's all the rage with you young people today to toss off flippant one-liners so you can get your own reality television shows. But I highly doubt MTV will be coming down to Isla Huesos to film you in the Underworld.”Richard Smith
“From my studies about the afterlife, I believe the Fates are spirits, just like the Furies. Like what other people might call angels, but the kind that walk on earth, not the kind with wings. When people are moved to do good by the spirit of human kindness, I believe that's the work of the Fates . . . as much as other people are moved to do evil by the Furies.”Richard Smith
“Perhaps Fates are people like us . . . ordinary souls who've found themselves caught up in the battle between good and evil, and have chosen to take a stand and help do what's right.”Richard Smith
“When I opened it, the sepia-colored pages gave off a scent vaguely reminiscent of vanilla wafers, an odor I'd always loved, because it reminded me of being taken as a child to the children's section of the library for storytime. It was the smell of books.”Pierce Oliviera
“It's true! I do have a boyfriend! But he's not a death metal goth head, whatever that is. He's protector of the dead, so okay, he has some issues, but who doesn't? Once you get to know him, you'll really like him.”Pierce Oliviera
We’re hiding the errata, movie connections, books that influenced this book, books influenced by this book, books that cite this book and books cited by this book sections. If you would like to add content to them, you must first make them visible.