Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) 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 ? a me. 
(synopsis from Goodreads)

Pandemonium is book two in Lauren Oliver’s trilogy Delirium.  Having recently finished book one, I was anxious to get my hands on this novel.  Oliver delivered with Pandemonium and left me yet again craving more. She took me on an intense ride that had my palms sweating and my heart racing. 

The novel picks up after Lena has been in the wilds, and the author cleverly takes us between then (her experiences in the Wilds since escaping) and now (what is currently happening to her).  Oliver simplifies this by splitting the chapters between then and now.  It was easy to follow, but a few times I felt like only reading now or vise versa when the plot became too intense.

In the chapters depicting then, we meet Raven,Tank and many more inlanders.  Lena is injured and in a bad way at the beginning. Deep down she knows Alex is dead, but cannot admit this. Life is hard in the wilds, but Raven teaches Lena how to survive. Here we watch Lena mature, find her inner strength and grow into the character we see in now.  The world that Oliver paints here is a tough and beautiful one. There is a beauty to the harsh landscape. The people are leaner, depend on each other and have made make shift communities.  Despite how hard survival is in the wilds, Lena finds peace here. These people become her make shift family.  I really liked these unique characters. Oliver made them each individuals and gave them voice. 

The chapters that are dedicated to now are intense as Lena and the others assume identities within Manhattan, NY.  They are following the movements of the DFA (a group that encourage young people to seek the Cure).  At one of their rallies, Lena meets Julian, the son of the DFA leader.  He is not yet cured, but is eighteen. Medical circumstances have prevented him from the procedure, but he tells the youth group he will have it done at the convention.  Lena is told by Raven to keep an eye on Julian "no matter what" at the gathering in Times Square. Lena and Julian are captured by a protester group, and the tale that unfolds is fast paced, action packed and romantic. Together they must find a way to escape their captures. Julian begins to have feels for Lena and Lena for the first time feels alive. She has feelings for Julian, even though it feels like a betrayal to Alex. I found myself swept up in their story.  

The tale that Oliver weaves between the then and now is spectacular. I couldn’t get enough and just when I thought things would work out, that we could all breathe a moment….Oliver drops a bomb shell on the last few pages and ends the book with a major cliffhanger. I was mad, but then I was excited, and then I was rushing to Goodreads to see when the next book will be available. I love when a book has me this engaged and I cannot wait to read the next book.

I highly recommend Pandemonium to fans of dystopias and romance. If you haven’t yet read this series, I encourage you to do so. Oliver’s writing style flows from pen to paper and takes you effortlessly into Lena’s world. She presents questions and provokes conversation into life without love and what it entails.  Her characters have depth and are genuine. You easily connect to them, and feel their emotions.  Oliver has made my auto order list.  Book three of the trilogy is entitled Requiem and will be published in February of 2013. Pandemonium is currently available in paper and eBook formats.

I gave this novel 4 coffee cups out of 5. 

Author's website:Lauren Oliver

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The Book Depository:Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

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At March 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM , Blogger Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I've been a little curious about Dilerium, but not sure if I wanted to read it. SOunds like a good solid read. :) And the second one too. Thank you!

At March 1, 2012 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Ajoop. S said...

Oooh. I want to read Pandemonium even more now! It sounds well structured and amazing. And I looved Delirium, so.

At March 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM , Blogger Candace said...

oh I'm so scared to read it! But I can't wait! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! I'm sure I'll be fitting it in REALLY soon!

At March 2, 2012 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I'm bad...I just skipped down to your rating! I'm afraid to read too much about it before I get my hands on a copy!!! Glad you enjoyed it!


At March 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM , Blogger roro said...

glad that u liked it
maybe i'll read it when yA market loosens up bit here

ps i saw vampire academy in a small indie bookstore/ squeel saving up some cash to buy it

At March 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM , Anonymous Maggie a.k.a ReadingDiva said...

This is one to add to the list - I have only read good reviews about it. Set in NYC then it is a must read (hehe). My list just keeps getting longer and longer :)

Nice review.

At March 6, 2012 at 9:08 PM , Blogger Danie said...

So jealous you got to read this! I saw it at Target the other day but I'm on a budget so I couldn't buy it. I'll definitely be going back soon to get it though!

At March 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I am so excited to read this book, it is in the mail! I loved Delirium and am excited to see how the story continues.

At March 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Jewel said...

I've just started Delirium & I like it so far. I hope I like this just as much. Your review & rating has helped ease my mind. Looking forward to reading Pandemonium.

At March 10, 2012 at 8:16 AM , Blogger aurora M. said...

I really liked the first one and this cover is really pretty but I do not have it yet but one day I hope to contiune with this wonderful series. Thanks for the post.

At March 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

The cliff hanger sucked so much!! but I really enjoyed the book and woot for the 4 out of 5 rating!!

At March 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM , Blogger Cayce said...

Sounds good, but I still have to read Delirium. I know, I know I'm late to the party...:)
Thank you for the great review!

At March 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM , Blogger primrose said...

I'm always going back and forth on whether to read Delirium or not. Maybe I'll give it a try.


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