Series: Delirium #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 28th 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.
Oh! Urrrrrrr. *Gurgle* Kapowy! *Splutter* *Cough* *Die*
Okay, Pandemonium was a HUGE improvement over Delirium for me. First of all, the world seemed A LOT more consistent. The world building was an improvement as well.
Perhaps the biggest improvement was Lena herself. No more whiny, annoying, insecure little girl. This Lena has been through the fire, got burnt and is fighting to survive. What I love is that Lena has grown, become capable, assertive, intelligent and shrewd. There were parts of this book in which I was physically cheering her on.
Lena has survived the wild, the bombs and the harsh winter. She’s come out stronger and more weary. Now she’s back behind the fence, but this time as an operative of the resistance and her mark is Julian Fineman – son of a radical movement to further eradicate the sickness known as love. Julian is confused, complex, damaged and vulnerable. When he and Lena are kidnapped and held hostage together, they have to join forces to escape.
What I loved was the development of their relationship, the hero role of Lena as the stronger, more knowledgeable and capable of the two, and how they both start to grow and heal together.
Of course, the book is filled with complicated plot twists and a couple of “NO WAY!” moments – one of which was obvious and easily foreseen but SO WHAT?!
The writing in this book matched more to the caliber I expect of Oliver. It felt a appropriate and smooth.
And I guess this is a lesson learned – one that I was glad to learn. Find a good author and stick with them. I wasn’t a huge fan of Delirium but Pandemonium has me aching for Requiem to see what happens.
You know it’s a good novel when the last line has you going:
“No! NO! No way… oh my goodness… no. NO!.”