Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
Published by Harper Teen
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Hardcover 384 pages
Ages 14+

From Goodreads: 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.

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At the end of Delirium, Lena makes it across the fence into the Wilds, without Alex. 

The start of Pandemonium alternates between the past and present. Past being what happened to Lena when she escaped, present being where she is at now (natch). I actually had a hard time getting into this book at first, I think in part due to the alternating time frames. Once things started making more sense with the time jumping, I started to really get pulled into the story.

Things are much more different in the Wilds than Lena could have expected. Once a girl used to having everything, she has to learn to fend for herself, as well as the others in the group she finds herself in.
As expected, Lena does manage to finally fit in and even become one of the people she has always been taught to be afraid of. She also becomes a girl very unlike herself.

Where before, Lena was, if not exactly happy, then contented with the life she lived. Then she met Alex and experienced love. She was a bit more optimistic. Now she was angry, hard. She had to find redemption for Alex.

Tack and Raven, the "leaders" of their band of rebels, knew that Lena would do anything in her power to destroy the world she once knew... and they used that to their advantage. After being placed in a situation planned without her knowledge, Lena finds herself relying on a boy who should be her sworn enemy. And of course, they fall for each other. Which I saw coming a mile away. 

I honestly don't know how I feel about this. I do like Julian as a character, but I think Lena fell to quickly. And with the fate of Alex up in the air, I can't see her being what I feel is so fickle. That being said, the book, as with any other Lauren Oliver book, is beautifully written. She has a way with words that make her an artist in the field. Once I was finally able to get into the story, I was pulled in and could not stop reading. I had to know what happened next. And if you haven't read this book yet, the ending is one whopper of an ending. Although I kinda knew it had to happen, I didn't see it happening like this. but heed my words: DO NOT PEEK!

This was a fantastic follow-up to Delirium and precursor to Requiem. I cannot wait to see how Oliver is going to finish this trilogy. The title alone doesn't bode well to me.


 

3 comments:

  1. I also liked this book, but wasn't sure about Julian. You can see what I had to say about this part of the book in my review here:
    http://misclisa.blogspot.com/2012/02/delirium-by-lauren-oliver.html

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