Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Review: Better than the first

March 2, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Review: Better than the firstPandemonium on February 5, 2013
Source: Purchased
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.

In this electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestsellerDelirium, Lauren Oliver sets Lena on a dangerous course that hurtles through the unregulated Wilds and into the heart of a growing resistance movement. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

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Amor deliria nervosa, aka love, is a disease in the world of Portland, where Lena resides. After being infected with the disease and successfully making it out of the city with Alex, the guy who ‘saved’ her, the novel follows her path of survival, falling in love again, and desperation.

Pandemonium was a better read than Delirium, which I criticised for its repetitiveness and predictability, although I enjoyed the story. The sequel is told in interchanging perspectives between then, when she first escaped after Alex’s capture, and now, several months into the future where she apparently seems to have undergone the procedure to be cured and encounters a poster boy for righteousness called Julian. This formula definitely captures and holds your attention, and mesh together to flesh out the story between old and new characters.

Compared to Delirium, it is also much darker and grittier as we see the hardship she has to go through to survive out in the Wilds. She has to hunt for food, goes through poverty, and struggles against the Government and an impending war.

Although Pandemonium also suffers from a bit of predictability (especially after not knowing what happened to Alex), there are some beautifully written passages within the novel. The text interweaves action with poetic descriptions:

But the morning does come. It finds its way in through the cracks in the plywood, the fissures in the roof: a murky grayness, a slight ebbing of the dark.

I struggled with relating to Julian, he’s been sheltered against women all of his life for the fear of contracting deliria nervosa, and he was just a bit beta male for my tastes. Bring on Alex again I say, even though that was some time ago.

Just as how Delirium ended, Pandemonium ends on a (predictable) cliffhanger, and we’re left again to wait until the sequel comes out. I’m excited about the release and look forward to reading it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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