Series: Delirium #2
Hardback: 375 Pages
Publication: February 28, 2012 by HarperTeen
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.
Lauren Oliver has this magical ability to captivate her audience and transfer her characters' emotions to them. From start to finish of Pandemonium, I have been living with Lena, feeling her anguish, her pain, her desires. It is raw and beautiful.
The beginning had me baffled. If not for the chapter title (now), I would have thought I was transported to the past. As I read, I realized that Pandemonium tells the story of Lena (then) adjusting to life with the "Invalids" and the story of Lena (now) undercover as part of the resistance. Through this, Lauren Oliver both tells us what we want to know about Lena's days after escaping, learning to cope without Alex, and she hits the heart of the story--Lena's involvement with the resistance.
I missed Alex. My thoughts were one with Lena in that I didn't want to believe that he could be dead. When Lena runs, desperate to believe that she can bring Alex back by meeting certain goals, knowing the futility of it all, I felt my train of thought reflected here. This. This is where Lauren Oliver's strength lies, in developing character and transferring their emotions through the pages.
Lena's recovery takes place both mentally and physically. She is weak from days foraging for herself while fleeing Portland. She is sick with despair over losing Alex. Then, while settling in an Invalid camp, she must learn how to interact with a whole new set of people, and she must learn how to live without Alex. She must learn how to fight.
Heartbreak. Love. Desires. Action. Pandemonium has it all. And as with Delirium, Lauren Oliver has left us with a cliffhanger that will nag at the edges of your mind for the rest of the year. Scratch that. The cliffhanger is even more killer than that of Delirium. (Is it possible? Oh, yes it is.) My heart is crying for Lena. Needless to say, I will definitely be reading Requiem, book three and the finale to the trilogy. Until then, I will be rereading books one and two.
Have I mentioned that, even as she continuously tortures us with cliffhangers, Lauren Oliver is one of my favorite authors?
Note: My review does not tell you whether or not Alex appears or not because I can't tell you. That would be a huge spoiler. Knowing beforehand would have ruined it all for me. There are other characters that I have not mentioned at all. Because that too would involve spoilers. If you want to talk about Pandemonium with me after it's release or through email or messages on another social media site because you've already read and love it, YES I WILL BE UP FOR IT.
My Review of Delirium, Hikari's Review of Delirium, & Interview with Lauren Oliver
An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes