Book Review: Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

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. 

Release Date: February 28, 2012
Age Group:  Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Purchased

I really didn't know how I could like Pandemonium more than Delirium (read my review of Delirium here), but I did.  In Delirium, Lena was still a product of the Society's twisted thinking.  She eventually grows and changes, but it is a slow process.  In Pandemonium, she is a totally different person.  She has been forced to grow up by the events at the end of Delirium.  (Plot spoiler for book one): Alex gave his life to save her and she keeps going on, even though she doesn't want to, to honor his sacrifice. (End spoiler).

As much as Pandemonium is action-packed, it is also an emotional thrill ride.  I was riding the wave of Lena's emotions right along with her.  I felt all of her highs and lamented during her low points.  That is the pull of Lauren Oliver's writing: she just draws you in and you feel everything the characters are feeling.

I loved watching Lena grow and change.  She morphs from a coddled girl who can't take care of herself to a (sorry to say this, but I have to) Katniss Everdeen-like character who always stands up for herself and does what has to be done to survive.

I loved the plot twists: there were two that I really didn't see coming, and they added a lot of depth to the story.  I love how nothing in Lena's world is as it seems.  It really keeps you guessing throughout the whole book.

And the ending, oh, the ending.  Lauren Oliver, how can you do this to us?!  Now I am on pins and needles waiting for book three. I simply cannot live with myself not knowing what will happen!

If you haven't read Lauren Oliver before, I give her a very good recommendation.  She is an excellent author, and also is on my very short auto-buy list.  She is just that good!  

1 comment:

  1. I'm definitely reading this next - I can't wait to see what happens :D Fab review :)


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