Publication Date: February 28, 2012Review: Right now, the only thing I can think is, "OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD, THE ENDING. OH GOD. I KNEW IT. I KNEW IT. OH GOD," because that ending... it's a killer. It's killing me, slowly.
Page Count: 375
Synopsis: I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, 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 set up in chapters that alternate from "then" and "now." I thought the set up was very unique and well done. Lena's old life and her new life were both interesting, although I was more fond of the "now" chapters. Some moments were dull, but as a whole, Pandemonium was heart wrenching and stomach twisting.
Lena has changed a lot since the last book. She is no longer the weak and curious girl she used to be. Now, Lena is strong and determined. She is tough and smart. Although sometimes she frustrated me, I liked her for the most part. I loved her Invalid friends, such as Raven and Tack. And then there's Julian.
I've heard many bloggers say that they completely fell for Julian. Personally, I didn't. It wasn't that he wasn't charming, it was just that he wasn't charming enough. And I couldn't get over how much I loved Alex, and so I couldn't really give my heart to Julian.
My biggest complaint was that the love aspect of this book was predictable. I saw it coming, but it still didn't take away the "OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD" feeling. I'm so scared to see how things will wrap up in Requiem.
Pandemonium is a fantastic sequel that breaks my heart and fills it at the same time. Lauren Oliver continues to write in her beautiful poetic way, but never encroaching the "purple prose" territory. This book has a wonderful balance of romance, thrill, heartbreak, and sacrifice. I am so excited for Requiem, it's crazy.