Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Review)

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Synopsis:  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 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 romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Cover: I wasn’t a real fan of Lauren Oliver’s covers for Delirium and Pandemonium. I understand that the foliage around the girl’s face on the cover is supposed to signify Lena being in the Wilds, but I feel that the whole close-up-on-the-person’s-face cover is overdone. I would have liked something more intense and less focused on her face since it doesn’t give much to draw in a reader.

My thoughts: Pandemonium is the second novel in the Delirium trilogy. This story picks up right after Lena escapes into the Wilds without Alex who was captured by the government. The story is told from two different times in Lena’s life outside the confinements of the cureds. The story is told from “now” which is Lena in the present day and is also told from “then” which was Lena’s life right after she escapes the confines of her society who believes that love is a disease.

Lena immediately meets people in the Wilds who manage to take her under their wing and teach her how to live independently. I was wary of them helping her, but over time I began to trust their loyalty. One thing about this book is that it really develops Lena’s character, molding her into an strong girl who knows how to survive under harsh conditions. It was, thought, incredibly sad seeing Lena so broken over Alex but eventually she meets Julian who helps her survive without the love of her life.

Julian, who reminds me of Peeta from The Hunger Games, is apart of the DFA, Deleria-Free America, which makes him forbidden to become close to since the DFA is against love. Julian is so incredibly innocent in this entire novel, naive to the world around him that is so harsh to the thought of love. But once he and Lena are put into a rough predicament, they have to work together to be free.

This book was filled to the brim with plot twists which is a great way to transition us into the third and final book of the trilogy. Lauren Oliver introduces Scavengers, a group of people set on destroying everything in society. The ending, filled with action, mystery, and suspense, made me want to jump straight into the third book know that I know the real reason why Lena met Julian. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian novels or to anyone who started Delirium because even if it wasn’t as good as the first book, it was still interesting to read about Julian, the Scavengers, Lena’s life in the Wild, and who she meets at the very end.

Rating: ★★★★

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