Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Labels: Book Reviews, Dystopian, Hodder and Stoughton, Lauren Oliver, Young Adult · Who posted this? Mina B at 20:08
Release Date: March 1st 2012
Series: Delirium #2
Other books in series: Delirium, Requiem
Source: For Review from Publishers
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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.
Oh crap. Those were the words when I finished Pandemonium. Because boy was that finish a right humdinger. There's no doubt that I devoured this book. At first, I was quite reluctant to pick it up being afraid with how everything would continue after Deliriums frustrating end. I was very wrong to do that. Pandemonium is unmistakeably amazing with such excitement and anguish that you'd be incredibly impatient to finish it off.
When I started Pandemonium, I was quite confused yet very intrigued with how Oliver fashioned the chapters. The chapters form a sequence of 'Now' and 'Then'. It was difficult to get at a a grip of at first, well for me anyway. I loved the new style though, especially as we see the difference in Lena's character.
From Delirium, Lena has always been strong but now in Pandemonium we see a new side to her. It's no surprise with what she had just been through. I was quite frustrated with her at the beginning though as the story progressed we get to see exactly how she's feeling and dealing with her stuff.
Delirium was more focused on the 'love' element of things, here in Pandemonium it's more about survival, hope and Alex. ALEX! Where art tho Romeo? I am dying and simply itching to go into detail about Alex, what with the ending to Delirium and all but I just can't. That is one major spoiler. I can't ruin it for you all. You'll thank me later. (you so will not!)
Don't you guys worry however. There is plenty of heat in Pandemonium. The romance is not as good as Delirium for me, and you'll instantly know the reason why when you read Pandemonium. I'm not going to lie however. Those scenes still had me ultimately engaged ;D What? It's Lauren Oliver we're talking about. This lady's romantic writing is top notch!
Well, all of Pandemonium is engaging. I so loved it. Did I love the ending you ask? Erm. All I can say regarding that is Lauren Oliver has done it again. She left me aghast and torn between my feelings of should I have read Pandemonium now?