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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 by in 4 stars, Book Reviews | 0 comments


Author:  Lauren Oliver
Series:  Delirium #2
Format:   e-Book
Release Date:  February 28, 2012
Dates Read:  March 10-11, 2012

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Pandemonium  is a fantastic sequel, well worth the wait.  It is a well-crafted page-turner chock full of action, survival, rebellion, emotion and romance.  The new characters introduced in this novel are interesting and have just the right amount of depth.  Lena’s development is fierce and believable.  She forges ahead, strong and determined to figure out who the real Lena is after everything that has shaped her.  Just when she thinks she’s about certain, life throws another giant wrench in her way.  The cliffhanger at the end of this novel is to die for.

One storytelling technique I really like when it is well done is that of alternating between the past and the present.  I think it can be a very efficient, exciting way to tell a backstory.  Oliver uses the technique seamlessly in this novel.  Pandemonium begins directly where the events of Delirium left off.  These chapters form the “then” chapters.  The other half of the story begins with Lena on a mission, forming the “now” chapters.  The events that take place during these chapters still occur in chronological order.  The threads of this story are braided, each alternating to come forth and tell a part of Lena’s story.  The transitions are well-timed and make a lot of sense.

I’d recommend Pandemonium to anyone that read Delirium.  This sequel is well worth your while.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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