Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Book Review | Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium is the sequel to Lauren Oliver's Delirium.

Book Description

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, 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.

I really enjoyed Pandemonium despite not caring about pretty much half of the book. The chapters of Pandemonium are set up in an alternating "Then" and "Now" format. My first reaction was "Wow, Lena has been in the Wilds for a long time." Nope. We are only alternating between a span of less than a year. I found myself rushing through the not-so-exciting "Then" chapters to get to the that's-more-like-it "Now" chapters.

Pandemonium is a very different read from Delirium. Lena has changed, her world has changed, nothing is the same. I was longing a little for what Lauren Oliver created in Delirium, but I loved the intensity of Pandemonium. The rest of the series is wide open to be anything Lauren Oliver wants it to be. I think that is a pretty great thing.

You have probably seen lots of reactions to the ending of Pandemonium. I'll go on record saying I'm a huge fan of the ending. Add that ending to Lauren Oliver's empty canvas, and I'm super excited for book 3. The wait for Requiem will be even harder than the wait we endured for Pandemonium.

If you've read and enjoyed Delirium, it is well worth it to read Pandemonium.

7/10: Recommended Read


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  1. Her first book is at the library and waiting for me to check it out. I have heard nothing, but great things about Oliver. I am not that sure why it has taken me this LONG to finally read her.

    It does sound like that Oliver did not let you down in the sequel book of the serious.

  2. Everyone talks about the endings in this series I desperately need to pick up the first book. Yes, I shamefully haven't started it O_O

  3. I am glad you liked it. I also found myself wishing the atmosphere present in Delirium would be the same in Pandemonium. However, I really liked how Lauren Oliver put Lena in her situation. It made her grow as a character.

    Can't wait for the next one!

  4. I LOVED Delirium but I'll try to push this one off as long as I can so the wait for Requiem isn't so bad.

  5. Great review!! I totally agree... I'm gonna find it so hard to wait for Requiem!!! And OMG Alex... what happened to you?? Lol. I'm a new follower and just wanted to drop by and say hi :)

    Feel free to check out my blog & follow too!!

    -Riya :) (The Teen Book Guru)


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