Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

by Lauren Oliver
Published: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Available: Amazon


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.


When I read the first book in this series, Delirium, it was hard to ignore the similarities to Ally Condie's Matched. And even though I knew it wasn't intentional, it was had to keep the books separate. When I picked up Pandemonium, it was unfortunately right after I read the second book in the Matched series, Crossed. So I began with hesitation, worried that it was going to follow a similar path to Crossed. I was pleasantly proven wrong.

Pandemonium, picks up right were Delirium left off, and we see Lena's struggle to survive from the first page to the last. The story is told in a Then and Now format, with Lena's initial survival alternating with the Now in which she's involved in the revolution and finding a way to move past the death of Alex. With his absence comes the love interest opening for Julian. Initially I couldn't stand his character. He seemed whiny and weak, but as the story progressed he kind of grew on me. Although I did feel like Lena's character wasn't as strong as I wanted her to be. She spends a long time mourning him, constantly thinking about him and what he would be doing if he were alive. then all of a sudden she was in love with Julian. It just seemed like she gave into the need to be with someone.

As for the ending, well, I won't say what happens, but damn! This has to be one of the greatest cliffhangers I've read in a long time! I will unquestionably be picking up the third in this series.

1 comment:

  1. I had the same Matched/Delirium problem only in reverse! I thought the Julian thing progressed nicely, but I totally agree I wanted her to be tougher. She spent so much time being weak and whiney - which didn't feel like the Lena we knew from the first book. And oh (!) the ending! I'm not sure how I feel about it. I'm actually a little annoyed. I hate love triangles just for the sake of love triangles and I'm worried that's what's going to happen.