Pandemonium by: Lauren Oliver (2012)
The Delirium Trilogy, Book 2
Warning: This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the trilogy, Delirium.
Summary: Lena has escaped the harsh confines of her society where love is considered to be a disease, and has made it into The Wilds. Without Alex, Lena has no idea where she is headed except that she has to keep running. As soon as she seems to lose hope and life, Raven, the leader of the homestead she becomes a part of, saves her life. Lena learns how to survive and finds out more about the resistance.
Review: Pandemonium starts off exactly where Delirium left, thrusting the reader right into the story with a lot of action. This is a wonderful way to captivate the reader and gives the book a good start.
This novel is told in two time periods, the “then” and the “now.” The “then” time period gives the reader information about Lena’s life in The Wilds after she escaped her oppressive society. The “now” time period gives us glimpses of her life once she has filtrated back into that society. Although at times reading these two time periods simultaneously became frustrating, in reality it made the book that much better; it made it a page turner. These time jumps also give us a chance to really see the difference between the Lena today and the Lena who just escaped into the wilds. We get to see Lena grow and continue to try to figure out who she really is.
The only issue I have with this book is Lena and her idea of love. Obviously because of her age and the society she was raised in, it makes sense that Lena would act like a love struck teenager, but I think it is just a little too much. I don’t want to give anything away, but I just want to warn you that although we all enjoy a good love story in our coming of age dystopian young adult novels, sometimes too much teenage love angst is just too much. However, when you read a good book it makes you feel a whole range of emotions, and this one did just that. I was fuming, shocked, sad, and more with every turn of the page.
In the end Pandemonium does exactly what it should do, makes the reader impossibly impatient for the last installment of the trilogy. (I still think I enjoyed the first book better) If you are a Delirium and Lauren Oliver fan you will enjoy this book. Be warned, once you pick it up you won’t be able to put it down until it is finished.