Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA, Dystopian
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Buy: Amazon | IndieBound

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,  
push, 
push, 
push,
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. (Goodreads)

Delirium was one of my favorite reads of 2011, and I was thrilled to get my hands on Pandemonium! This installment shocked me (in a good way). It’s so different from Delirium in both tone and setting, and nothing like what I was expecting. The story is told from Lena's perspective, but the chapters alternate between "Then" and "Now". It took a few chapters for me to adjust to the flow, but for Lena’s story, I think this format is brilliant.

In Pandemonium, Lena is grieving and angry… she’s no longer the innocent, somewhat naïve girl we came to know in Delirium. She’s defiant and courageous – a fighter. By alternating between her present and past, the reader is able to see, and understand why Lena has so drastically changed.

Pandemonium is much darker, and more intense than Delirium. In comparison, Delirium seems light and romantic! This installment has new characters, and a fantastic plot that grips you and doesn’t let go. Lauren Oliver’s writing is so vivid and beautiful… immersing you in her world, and making you feel each of Lena’s emotions.

This is a must read for fans of Delirium! It will shock you, but you will love it. Pandemonium’s ending left me with my jaw hanging open and dying for Requim (book 3)! I love this series; if you haven’t read Delirium yet, get to it, pronto.

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