Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Published: 2013-01-22
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 ๏ฌ‚ame. In this electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller Delirium, 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…

SPOILER: If you haven’t read Delirium yet, you might read some spoilers in this review.

Pandemoniumย picks up after Lena’s escape. The story was told in chapters with the heading ‘then’ and ‘now’. ‘Then’ told the story of Lena’s life after she crossed the wall/barrier and saw Alex shot by regulators. Thinking that he was dead, she had a hard time recovering physically, as well as adjusting to her new life in the woods without Alex. With the help of Raven and other people in the homestead, Lena struggled with her new life.

The ‘now’ part tells the story after that struggle. She is now part of the resistance, lives a new life in a new city, using a different name, and telling a different story about her past. Being in this new life is tough as she still thinks of Alex and her life in Portland. She also thinks about her mom, now that she knows the truth about her death.

When I read this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure what to expect especially when Delirium ended with the assumption that Alex is dead. Like Lena, I don’t want him to be dead, but we rely on what she sees/experience and she saw blood on Alex after she crossed the border, when they were being chased by regulators. A part of me believed he’s still alive, another part is okay with his death so Lena can move on and fall in love again and it won’t be complicated IF Alex is alive somewhere. But of course, the whole series revolves around love, apart from the war. I wished he was still alive.

I like how it was cleverly written. I would cringe every time something horrible would happen to Lena. I felt her pain, her longing, her confusion. I also couldn’t stand not knowing if Alex is still alive so before I continued reading, I read spoilers because I just had to know before I can continue.

The book neared its end in what seemed to be a happy ending, until the last page where something was revealed and I was left hanging. Well, that leaves something to look forward to in the last book of the series, Requiem

19 thoughts on “Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver”

  1. That’s the beauty with YA novels, they’re shorter than most. Using Kobo reader, I found out I can finish a book in 6hrs. I think you can squeeze reading a chapter a day if you want to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The book looks promising. However, I don’t think I have time to read books, which is a very bad thing. ๐Ÿ™

  3. ralph marcuss Manarang

    I love reading books! But reading in digital format is not my thing. Thanks for this recommendation!

  4. Wow, this is such an interesting book.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m quite a fan of these kinds of stories with hanging ends.. Will definitely to look for this as well as Delirium on my next bookstore trip.

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