[Review] Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

(Delirium #2)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 28th, 2012
Pages: 375 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Romance

“So what was your name before?” I say, and she freezes, her back to me. “Before you came to the Wilds, I mean.”

 For a moment she stands there.

 Then she turns around. 

“You might as well get used to it now,” she says with quite intensity. “Everything you were, the life you had, the people you knew… dust.” She shakes her head and says, a little more firmly, “There is no before. There is only now, and what comes next.”

After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive the “cure” – an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love – but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters. Although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.

Pandemonium picks up a few months after the last event in Delirium. The beginning was – honestly – boooring. And I can’t help but yawned. My eyes seemed to wander everywhere and I was tempted to put this book down. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Now and Then format and that’s probably what makes the start of this book tedious and a bit confusing. Sad to say that the pacing is too slow for my taste.

Fortunately, this book did become more enjoyable and I can never get tired of Lauren Oliver’s beautiful descriptive writing. The new characters bring additional dynamic to this book even though we don’t see them that often. I really liked Raven, Tack, Hunter and Sarah. I hope we get to know more about their pasts in the final book. Julian was easy for me to like and he was as clueless as Lena when she first met Alex. And yeah… We have a love triangle! I’m not sure which team I’m on since I liked both Alex and Julian equally… But for the time being I think I’m sticking with Alex. :3

“Fire in my legs and lungs; fire tearing through every nerve and cell in my body. That’s how I am born again, in pain: I emerge from the suffocating heat and the darkness. I force my way through a black, wet space of strange noises and smells.”

Now Lena is different than she was in the first book. The Wilds had shaped her into a stronger person. I liked that change and she could actually DO SOMETHING at difficult times. I hope she will stay this way or continue to become more stronger.

THE ENDING!! I knew that was coming but I was still speechless anyway! It was WORSE than Delirium. 🙁 But you know what made me feel glad? Requiem was already released a few months ago and I already bought it so I’m truly truly glad that I don’t have to wait a whole year just to know what will happen next. 😉

Overall, Pandemonium was a beautifully-written book filled with likable characters. I recommend this book to fans of Delirium. And to everyone who likes books with slower pace but hasn’t read this series: give it a chance. 🙂

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