Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pandemonium 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.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads.)
My Thoughts:
I loved the first book in the series, Delirium. The end left me bawling and wanting more. Pandemonium was one of the books I was looking forward to most in 2012. Needless to say, it did not disappoint at all. I fell in love with again with the old characters, and fell in love for the first time with some new characters. At first, I didn't like Julian because I was a Team Alex person, but as the story progressed I began to like him more and more. There were a couple character deaths with new characters that left me quite sad, but I understand why the author had to do it. I missed Hana quite a bit in this book. I was a little confused in the beginning because it starts with her being in a school, and then goes back to her time spent in the Wilds. If you stick with the book, the hopping and skipping from now to then will start to make a lot of sense and is a unique way to write the story. I applaud Lauren Oliver for writing it that way, especially after Ally Condie tried to write Crossed, another hit dystopian novel, in the same way and it turned out as a flop for most fans. Oliver definitely succeeded with it though. Lena grows from a weak girl to a strong, smart, courageous woman in between her first week in the Wilds and the end of Pandemonium. The ending had me freaking out. I didn't know whether I wanted to laugh, cry, or throw my book at a wall. I need to read the next book NOW. This book is definitely worth checking out, but make sure you read Delirium first or it won't make much sense. I can't wait to read the third book in the series, Requiem, and find out what happens next. 
I give Pandemonium: 5/5.
I bought this book from my local Meijers and was in no way compensated for this review.


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  2. Very jealous :)
    I absolutely adored Delirium and have high hopes for Pandemonium. Glad to see you like it, I'm really looking forward to getting my grubby hands on a copy

  3. I'm SO jealous right now. I want to read this book so much! I'm glad you liked it, I can't wait to read it (: