Release Date: March 6, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Delirium #2
Received From: Publisher
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 was my favorite book of the year back in 2010 when I read it. It surpassed every single other book that I read before it, and honestly I haven’t read a book that made me feel like that since. You know that feeling I’m talking about. It’s what readers live for, right? Being consumed by a story. Living and breathing it in those few hours or days that you are reading it. Books that just blow you away and leave you in awe for days afterward. That was Delirium for me. That’s some back story for you, so that you understand just how much Pandemonium meant to me.
I’m going to start off by saying that Pandemonium is going to be a terribly hard book to review. I don’t want to spoil the first book or this book. So this will probably be vague at best. If you’ve read Delirium you probably have one huge question for Pandemonium. I did. It was something that I needed know. I had hoped and wished and wondered about it often in the year between reading these books. But ultimately I was surprised, but not the way I thought I was going to be. No, I was surprised that when I started this book I stopped wondering. It’s a testament to Lauren Oliver’s writing that she could make me forget about that burning question for awhile. I was so captivated by this new hard and scary world that Lena was living in that Alex became a afterthought. That really, really surprised me.
Don’t get me wrong he was always in my mind, because he was always in Lena’s. Just glimpses and small passages full of such longing and emotion it would bring tears to my eyes. But Lena’s life is very different in this book. She has became hard and so strong. Really this second book was much more about getting to know Lena. And I must say that I love what I saw. She is so complex and well written.
There are some new characters introduced. Some I loved, some infuriated me. All of them were pivotal. Once again Oliver’s writing makes me feel something that I didn’t think was possible. I can’t say what that is, but when you read it you will know.
I’m almost done, I promise! Pandemonium is written in a very different kind of format. A Then and Now format. This made the book super intense. There was always some horrifying action happening. It was completely impossible to put down. As far as sequels go this is a incredible one. It’s not at all what I was expecting. It ended up being so much more.
The ending did not destroy me like Delirium‘s, but I might be destroyed a different way. By questions. Lots and lots of questions. There’s also a tiny bit of frustration too. Because that is not how I wanted things to play out, but I’m going to leave it in Lauren Oliver’s capable hands. I trust that she will get us where we need to be in Requiem. Overall, I don’t think I could have asked for a better sequel to a book that I loved beyond measure. Lauren Oliver is a master of her craft.