Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

April 5, 2012 ARC, Book Review, Delirium, Dystopian, HarperCollins, HarperTeen, Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium, Romance, YA, Young Adult 10

From Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

I was so in love with the first book, Delirium! Alex melted my heart with his love and his beautiful words and I was so rooting for them to escape and find a way to be in love, away from the world that believed it to be a disease. Then it ended with an EPIC cliffhanger! Seriously, I was like “WHAT?! NOOOOO, don’t leave it there!!” Needless to say, I could not wait to get my hands on this next book, Pandemonium!

At the end of Delirium, Lena finds herself alone in the Wilds after running for her life and losing Alex, who she believes is dead. In this book, the chapters alternate between the ‘now’, which is where Lena finds herself after a certain amount of time has passed, and ‘then’ which takes place right where Delirium ends, with Lena entering the Wilds and fighting to survive. I have to say when I first saw this setup I was a little worried it might be confusing, but I didn’t feel that way at all while I was reading! It worked really well with the plot and left me on the edge of my seat with each chapter ending, not wanting to put the book down until I found out what was happening in the other time frame. And how Lena has transformed through this book! She becomes this strong girl, so much more so than in Delirium, who is determined to fight to survive for what she believes is right. There was lots of action this time around that kept me hooked and not wanting to put it down! We are introduced to amazing new characters, like Raven and Julian, but I did feel myself missing a couple of the old ones I loved from Delirium. I am hoping they make an appearance in the final book of the trilogy.

I really don’t want to say much else on the plot because this is a book you do NOT want anything spoiled before reading. Trust me. But I will say the ending was just as epic a cliffhanger as the first! Once again I found myself saying, ‘WHAT?! NOOOOO, don’t leave it there!!” And now I want to cry, thinking of the long wait to 2013 and Requiem.

Truly an amazing read and I recommend anyone who hasn’t read either book in the series to hurry and pick up a copy of both ASAP!

5 out of 5!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

10 Responses to “Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver”

  1. Jenny

    I definitely screamed out NOOOOOOOOOO when I got to the end as well, Lauren Oliver is very good at ripping my heart into little teeny tiny pieces! I was worried the two separate timelines was going to be confusing as well, but like you, I got used to it quickly and really enjoyed the two different Lenas:)

    • sarabara081

      Yes! Normally I would find two timelines a nightmare but it worked so well here! I wonder if we will get that again in Requiem or not.

  2. Sam

    I still hate thinking about the ending of this book! I thought the Delirium cliffhanger was a bad one but this is so much worse for me! I am DYING for Requiem now – I hope things end up going my way in that book. 😀 Great review!

  3. Celine

    Like Sam, I also hate thinking about the ending of this book! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT WAS ANOTHER CLIFFHANGER. AAAA, there is still a year of wait between Pandeonium and Requiem and I AM SO DYING to read it. There are so many questions left unanswered!

    Awesome review! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it!

    PS: I’m a new follower! 🙂

    Celine @ Forget-Me-Not

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