By Lauren Oliver, published by Hodder.
Goodreads synopsis: 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 review: **Contains spoilers for the ending of Delirium! I tried to review this without mentioning what happens, but there was really no way I could write this without mentioning it**
After the incredibly sad, and shocking ending of Delirium, I had absolutely no idea how Lauren Oliver would be able two make two more books out of the story. However, she’s built really well on the mentioned rebels, the runaways who live on the outside, uncured from the Deliria, and their world. It was imaginative, and a really believable dystopic landscape in which they were living.
I really loved reading about Lena, the protagonist, as she delved into this new world beyond-the-fence. The plot was quite strong with some clever twists that kept me reading. I got to see much more of what was happening in other parts of America; that people were actually campaigning to have the Deliria cure put into action on people under eighteen- the age in which you are wiped from extreme emotions like love. Also, I really loved the setting of New York, and how Lauren Oliver has used so many places in it, even the underground, to turn NYC into a kind of sinister place.
I really liked all of the new characters; the tightly knit group of outsiders which is run by Raven. They all had some really great relationships with each other and each one had brilliantly-developed backgrounds which were well explained. The only character I didn’t really like was the new love interest, Julian. He was portrayed as quite a nice guy behind all of the things his father had said, but I suppose I didn’t really like him because Lena seemed to move straight on from Alex, seemingly hardly grieving for him at all, and fell in love with Julian. That’s the only thing I didn’t really like about Lena. She didn’t seem sad about Alex’s supposed death for most of the book! However, I enjoyed reading the second part of Lena’s adventure. She went through a lot of grim things and, I think, gained much more confidence through it. She fought back when trapped by the Scavengers and became more kick-butt, which was really great. I really loved how she never gave up, and saved Julian multiple times although he was campaigning for the Deliria cure to be issued to youngers.
Overall, Pandemonium was a really great sequel to Delirium. It was packed with heart-stopping drama and lots of action. Lena’s character developed a lot in the book, gaining much more confidence and fought back rather violently for the first time to get her way. I didn’t really like her relationship with Julian, and when they were just about to have a happy ending, the biggest plot twist happened literally a paragraph from the ending! I won’t say what happened, but it made me gasp, and then squeal, and then do a little victory dance which earned me some really strange looks from my brother. It’s really brilliant, and was very unexpected. Can’t wait to see what develops from that in Requiem!
My Goodreads rating: 4/5!
I bought Pandemonium from a local bookstore.My review of the book before Pandemonium, can be found HERE.