Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

(Delirium # 2)
By: Lauren Oliver
Pub. Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 375
Source: Borrowed from the library
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
In case you live under a rock, Pandemonium is the breathtaking sequel to last years Delirium. In true Lauren Oliver fashion, this novel has so much heart, and it will completely break you down during and after the reading of it.

Pandemonium is written in two different parts-"Then" and "Now". "Then" picks up right where book one ended, with Lena escaping into the Wild right after losing Alex. In these chapters she is learning to survive in the Wild and meeting new people. In the "Now" portion, Lena is working for the Resistance and is an undercover member of the Deliria-Free America (DFA). I loved this original way that the book was set up. I thought it flowed very nicely, and I loved seeing the "Then" and "Now" eventually come together. This gave the book a very nice touch.

I loved Lena so much more in this book. She is finding out who she is, especially without Alex. We also met a whole new group of people and I really enjoyed getting to know them a little, but I would have liked to know more about their back stories.

My favorite new character would have to be Julian. His father is the leader of the DFA, and at 18, he still has not gotten the cure due to the illnesses he has suffered all of his life, but nonetheless, he is still the face of the DFA. I seriously loved getting to know Julian. He was so interesting, and I knew from the beginning that he was going to be playing a big part in the story. He was just so sweet and clueless, I really enjoyed watching him grow as a character.

Pandemonium will grab you from the very first page and never let you go! While the cliffhanger will just about kill you! I can not wait to have the third book, Requiem, in my hands and see where Ms. Oliver takes us next!  

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed Dellirium, but I've still yet to pick up Pandemonium. Hopefully though I can get to it sooner rather than later.


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