Pandemonium [Book Review]

NOTE: This review is free of Pandemonium spoilers, but assumes you’ve read Delirium. You can read my review of Delirium here.

Title: Pandemonium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 384
Year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Personal Collection
Rating: 4.5/5


Lena has left Portland for the Wilds. She believes Alex is dead and all she can do is keep running. Eventually she stumbles upon a group of Invalids that take her in.

Lena is part of the resistance now. She infiltrates New York City and poses as a cured student.  Until the day of the a pro-cure rally when everything changes.

My Thoughts:

Even though it turns out I can’t remember a thing about Delirium (I kept confusing it with Matched), I really enjoyed Pandemonium. Lena is alone – she’s lost Alex and she is completely cut off from her family. So it kind of works that I went in with a bit of a blank slate.

Two stories are weaved throughout Pandemonium – Lena as she first arrives in the Wilds and a more-confident Lena as member of the resistance some time later.  I do well with alternating stories (I have a rather short attention span), so I enjoyed this format. And even though I totally saw the end coming, I still managed to be shocked when it did.

My only issue is the love story in this one, which seemed a bit forced. But then again, maybe love does have to be forced when you grow up thinking it is a disease. I don’t know – I just didn’t quite buy it.

But overall, I loved this one and I continue to adore both this series and Lauren Oliver.

2 thoughts on “Pandemonium [Book Review]

  1. Sandy April 12, 2012 / 7:13 am

    Oliver has such a way of writing that it just draws you in and is compulsively readable! I loved Delirium, and it has been awhile since I’ve read it but I’m pretty sure I remember the important things. I refuse to believe that Alex is gone. I would almost bet my life on the fact that this guy is going to come back in the third book! Anyway. I just have to get this read. It is sitting on my nightstand.


  2. zibilee April 12, 2012 / 9:42 am

    I haven’t yet read Delirium, so I just skimmed this review. I do know that this has been one of the most highly anticipated books of the year, and I am anxious to get started with both of them. I will have to get back to you on what I think of them!


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