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Over the next few weeks, I will be reviewing the second books in series that I’ve written about in the past. This includes: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (the Delirium Series); Fever by Lauren DeStefano (the Chemical Garden trilogy); Insurgent by Veronica Roth (the Divergent series); and Crossed by Ally Condie (the Matched series), so look out for those upcoming reviews.

Right now though I’ll be reviewing Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. It is the second book in the Delirium series.

Delirium left off on a cliffhanger: Lena had just escaped to the “Wilds,” but her boyfriend, Alex, got shot when he tried to cross over the  fence. Lena tries to reconcile between the two ideas that Alex is dead and Alex is alive and in custody. She runs and runs until she comes across a group of Invalids, people who chose to be outcasts in order to have love in their lives.

Lena slowly becomes part of this group and volunteers to enter back into society to become part of the rebel movement. Her mission is to follow the son of a prominent anti-love lobby leader, Julian Fineman.

However, on the day of a massive rally, there is an attack by Scavengers, Invalids that work for the government to create disruption and create the illusion of a violent enemy. Lena and Julian are captured for ransom, but escape back to her rebel group.

Along the way Lena and Julian fall in love (which really pissed me off – we spend all of Delirium seeing the awesomeness of Alex, but that’s all thrown away! What’s up with that?! Also, how could Lena just fall in love with another guy when she was supposed to be deeply in love with Alex. Maybe the trauma of losing Alex made her emotions vulnerable to another man, but still!!!)

I won’t spoil the ending, but warning, HUGE cliffhanger. The last sentence, DAMN… There are also big big big revelations in Pandemonium, which I won’t spoil.

What I also really liked about this book is that the chapters alternated between “Now” and “Then,” so there is this disconnect of time that helps us understand what Lena is experiencing – that she is trying to make sense of what happened in her life and not knowing whether or not Alex is dead.

The writing is superb – Oliver takes you on this epic journey that leaves you wanting more and emotional drain! I cannot wait for the third book, Requiem!


{  } Pretty bad
{  } Tolerable
{  } All right
{  } Exciting
{x} Enthralling

Book 31 out of 60