Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
By Lauren Oliver
Expected Publication: 02.28.12
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.
My Thoughts: Pandemonium swings between the past (Lena escaping over the wall without Alex and finding sanctuary with over “invalids”) and the present (Lena being all tough and working for the Resistance). Both in the past and present she is haunted by the memory of Alex, and the realization that Hana has had the cure. In Delirium, Lena had to wake up to the truth that the government hid, but in Pandemonium her struggle is physical as she strives to regain her strength. Without Alex, Lena is lost. She finds a new family of sorts in the wilds, and ends up working with the resistance.
Through this she meets Julian, poster child for the cure. Lena and Julian end up thrown together. He is as naive as she once was, and Lena finds herself in the role that Alex once took with her. Julian is hot and sweet, but Alex is never far from Lena’s mind. With Alex dead, is Lena going to be able to move on?
Lots of new characters are introduced in Delirium, and they all add to Lena’s story. There are so many wonderful moments and back stories, especially Blue’s history. I challenge you not to tear up when you get to that part. The only part I had trouble with was how Lena ended up working in the resistance, the jump seemed skipped over. One minute she’s living in the woods and struggling to survive, and the next she has a new idenity, a fake cure scar, and she’s living in a new town.
I’m not sure I loved Pandemonium as much as I did Delirium, although the fault may lie more in the numerous dystopian novels I’ve read this past year than in Oliver’s writing. Pandemonium was a great, compelling read. It would be an extreme understatement to say that I’m eager to get my hands on the third book. The ending of Pandemonium, while not completely unexpected (I gots skills), still leaves you suckerpunched. In a good way. Maybe. Still, it’s a great dystopian series, and if you only make room on your shelves for one or two dystopian novels, than this series definitely rates a place.
Pandemonium gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
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I loved the subtleness of Delirium‘s cover, and this one doesn’t really do much for me.