NOTE: This review is free of Pandemonium spoilers, but assumes you’ve read Delirium. You can read my review of Delirium here.
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Source: Personal Collection
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.
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.