Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Dystopian YA
Reviewed by: Abigail
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.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
DELIRIUM, Lauren Oliver’s beautifully crafted dystopian novel set in a world where love had been declared a curable disease, was my most recommend book last year. Every book loving friend I knew got a copy shoved into their hands, and the ones who weren’t big readers got a copy and a heartfelt plea to try it. Every single person I recommended it to loved it. That hasn’t happened to me since THE HUNGER GAMES.
The world in PANDEMONIUM is grander in scope than the one portrayed in DELIRIUM. The story isn’t confined to Lena’s sheltered world. She dredges through the Wilds, the Capital in New York and the hidden world beneath it. And it isn’t just about the Cured and the Invalids either. There are Scavengers, Intruders, and the hardcore DFA members who are zealously fighting to force the cure on children. We find out that it’s not just the invalids who are perceived as a threat, but anyone deemed weak or infirmed. It’s an ugly, ugly reality and one that instantly unites the reader with the Resistance and the now fully aware Lena.
PANDEMONIUM is told in alternated chronologies. One picks up in the Wilds just moments after the end of DELIRIUM, and the other several months in the future in the Capital where Lena is posing as a Cured to gain intel for the Resistance. The beginning is a tad on the slow side, and only one of the chronologies proved really interesting. I sort of grew impatient with the slow chapters in the Wilds, but the Capital chapters were gripping. Lena was under the constant threat of exposure as she had to fight to keep from reacting too passionately to the things going on around her. The stakes became even higher when her path crossed with the DFA President’s son. By the time the two chronologies converged…I once again succumbed to the deliria of loving this series. And the ending, the very last page, was like a punch in the gut, leaving me reeling in the same way the ending of DELIRIUM did.
Just like with DELIRIUM, PANDEMONIUM delivers the same beautifully expressive writing, the same frightening world, the same heartbreaking romance, and an ending that will leave you just as breathless for the next book. REQUIEM, the final book in the Delirium trilogy, will be published in February 2013
|1. Delirium – 5/5
1.5 Hana (ebook story)