Book Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
ashley | Following up Lauren Oliver’s first book in the Delirium series with Pandemonium, I was eager to jump right back into the Delirium world full force. But what I loved about Delirium is twice as intense here. This is where we get to see Lena really come into her own and find her place in the resistance.
I love training scenes in movies, you know, when the character overcomes their weakness and a really empowering 80s tune is blaring and people run up stairs and box in rings. That’s kind of what this book was in a way, though without the 80s soundtrack. Lena is nursing herself back to health after escaping into the Wilds, she’s fallen in with a group of Invalids, all of whom are pretty awesome characters on their own. She’s grieving for the loss of Alex while trying to find her place in this new world.
The book reads from two points in time – Then and Now. Then focuses on Lena’s recovery period and their preparation to move camp. Now focuses on the resistance making a move against the DFA and Lena is caught in the middle of it all. I liked this back and forth, it blended well and both time periods had a number of thrilling things happening to move it all right along.
I will say that Lena’s love interest shifts slightly in this one as a new character is introduced. Don’t get me wrong, I actually liked him, he was the character that you want to hate, the character who is supposed to stand for everything our heroine is against, but as you get to know him you realize that maybe he’s a bit more than that. I’m usually a sucker for that relationship and I was here, but I felt that Lena moved on quite quickly from her first love and though he is presumed dead, it still felt like she embraced this new situation all too quickly. But this is a book about a love sickness and Lena isn’t cured so I guess there’s not stopping her.
This was a great second book, I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to pick up the rest and see where things end up!
february 28, 2012