Pandemonium – book review


Pandemonium is the second incredible book in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. Love: It will kill you and save you, both…

Pandemonium starts immediately after Delirium ends:  Lena is running away from the electric-wired fence and further into the wilds. After endless days and nights of running, Lena is found by the ‘Invalids’, the people who resisted the ‘cure’ and escaped the cities. From the start of the book, the chapters alternate between ‘then’ (when Lena is adjusting to the hardships of the Wilds) and ‘now’ (as Lena becomes a resistance fighter for the Delirium Free Association in New York).

Lena still longs for Alex. But Lena’s life changes forever when she and the son of the head of the DFA, Julian, are kidnapped. Lena is kept hostage with Julian, and she feels they are the complete opposite of each other because of Julian’s association to the DFA and Lena’s undercover spying of the DFA for the other Invalids. But really, when they begin to understand each other a bit more, Lena discovers perhaps they aren’t that different after all…

But should Lena trust Julian? Should she let him into her life? Lena’s life will never be the same…

I really enjoyed reading the second book in the Delirium series. I felt that it was a must to read Pandemonium because of the cliff-hanger left at the end of Delirium. And yet again, I was left with another cliff-hanger. If you have read Delirium and are contemplating whether or not the read Pandemonium, I definitely recommend reading it. This book is very different to Delirium in the way that it is split into ‘now’ and ‘then’. Admittedly, I got a bit confused about what was going on at the start of the book with the ‘now’ and ‘then’, but then I figured it out and I really liked how Lauren Oliver did that. I think it kind of added another layer to the story because we could get the past and present at the one time, rather than the story always being in one time. I loved all the new characters I got to know, especially Julian. I also learned about the people in the Wilds and how they really lived, which I found really interesting. I found Pandemonium a really enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read Requiem. I was left with such a cliff-hanger and I really need to know how things work out for Lena. I actually screamed at the end of the book because of how suddenly and unexpectedly it ended. I really liked Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver and I would give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. I can’t wait to read the next book!

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