Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Book: Pandemonium     
By: Lauren Oliver
Published: February 28, 2012
Published By: HarperTeen

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: Pandemonium picks up right where Delirium left off. And is told in a series of “now” and “then” where she explains her process of leaving the fence and joining the resistance, and her current assignment. There is a new romantic interest, despite the loss of Alex and Lena has really changed a lot from the timid , scared, weak girl in Delirium.

I enjoyed seeing Lena’s transformation into a stronger, smarter woman. Still, she doesn’t really seem to trust her instincts very well and often she gets caught because of it. This story held my interest throughout and I was often extremely invested in Lena’s actions.

I’m not sure if I’ve just read too many books recently, but lately a bunch of them have just been  predictable, and this one is no different. I expected all the big reveals, and so they didn’t surprise me. Still, it was pretty good and I will be reading the next book in the series shortly. I give it 4 stars.


Lan said...

I remember starting to read Delirium but then stopping for some reason. It was very beautifully written but in the end it was a little slow for me. I'm glad you liked the sequel. It's always good when the second book is just as good.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Oddly enough, I met one of my former students on the train only yesterday - she's doing Year 11 now(Junior year to you Americans) and she asked me out of the blue if I had read Delirium - she'd had to study it for English and was now reading the sequel. Coincidence or what? :)

Sherre said...

Sue, definitely a coincidence, probably a sign you need to read it.

Lan: totally slow as YA books go, thats why it took me so long to pick up the second one. Still, I'd suggest them both

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