Monday, May 7, 2012

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver [Review]

4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Pandemonium By Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult
Release: February 28, 2012
Hardcover: 375 Pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:

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.

Shannon's Thoughts:
Pandemonium is the captivating sequel to Delirium.  Love is considered a disease and when people come of age they undergo a procedure that keeps them from falling in love..  In Delirium, Lena is looking forward to her procedure because she felt it would keep her safe.  That is until she meets Alex and falls in love.  Eventually she risks everything to leave her home and escape with Alex to the Wilds.  But they were caught.  Lena made it over the fence, Alex did not.

Pandemonium picks up after Lena makes it over the fence.  I really enjoyed Pandemonium and in a lot of ways, I liked it better than Delirium.  There is more intrigue, drama and action.  It is an exciting read- I kept wondering where it was all heading.  I will say though, I saw the ending coming.  I think a lot of people probably will feel the same way.  But it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.  It also ends in a doozy of a cliffhanger.  Which is a little frustrating.  It is like a tv shows when it ends at a critical moment and the screen cuts to "To Be Continued..." Argh!

In a lot of ways, I feel Pandemonium is a very different book than Delirium.  Where Delirium is dreamy and languid, Pandemonium is crisp and straightforward. Delirium felt slow at times but Pandemonium is all action and tight storytelling.  In Delirium, the storytelling is linear, but in Pandemomium the narration flips between "Now" where Lena is working for the Resistance posing as a high school student in New York City and "Then" which chronicles Lena's first days in the Wilds. 

Instead of watching the plot unfold, Pandemonium starts near the end and works backwards to show us how Lena got to be where she is now.  We now find Lena to be a very different person.  In Delirium she is confused and second guessed herself.  In Pandemonium she has no time to second guess herself.  She becomes harder and stronger because of the difficulties she faces.  She learns to take control and to kick a little butt.  I like the new Lena! 

If you liked Delirium, then Pandemonium is a must.  If you haven't read Delirium then you will need to read it before Pandemonium.  There is not a lot of recapping and you will miss most of the key plot points if you don't start at the beginning. I can't wait until the third book in the series!  Do I really have to wait a year??

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