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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

March 20th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Source: Advance Review Copy

Publication date: February 28, 2012

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series: Delirium #2

Summary from “So what was your name before?” I say, and she freezes, her back to me. “Before you came to the Wilds, I mean.”

For a moment she stands there.

Then she turns around.

“You might as well get used to it now,” she says with quite intensity.

“Everything you were, the life you had, the people you knew… dust.”

She shakes her head and says, a little more firmly, “There is no before. There is only now, and what comes next.”

After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive the “cure” – an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love – but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters. Although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.

I loved Delirium and I admit I did a bad thing and skipped to the end because I had to see whether or not Alex made it through alive.  I found it ended on such a cliffhanger I refused to read it until Requiem came out.  So I finally picked this one up and sadly did not enjoy it as much as Delirium.

A large part of it was the fact that every chapter flipped back and forth between the past and present.  Some chapters were so short it would leave me confused over what was going on.  The flipping just broke the momentum up so much that I found it really hard to slip back into the world of Delirium.  I didn’t care for any of the new characters and I never really got the romance between Lena and Julian.  It popped out of nowhere to me and didn’t seem based on anything.

The last quarter of the book finally caught my interest which kept this book from slipping below 3 stars.  The story line finally caught my interest again with a few twists that have me wanting to see what happens in Requiem.  Hopefully Requiem won’t have the same disjointing feel and the characters are more developed.  Sadly, I’ve already heard many people say they were dissatisfied with Requiem but I’m intrigued enough to have to read it.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult

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