Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Pandemonium
Author: Lauren Oliver
ISBN: 9780061978067
Publication: February 28th 2012 by Harper Teen
Received: Bought at Chapters
Links: Goodreads
Rating: 5 out of 5


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.

My thoughts:

I can’t really say my thoughts out loud because the last word on the last page had my heart pounding like a freight train at full speed.

The rest of the book was what I’m used to from Lauren Oliver, plenty of cute metaphors, amazingly in depth beautiful writing, prose that draws you in and keeps you enthralled until the end. I love living through Lena’s experiences, seeing the world through her eyes. Everything was different because she broke into the Wilds, but Lena is discovering a world she never knew existed.

I like how Lauren expanded on the original idea. I was a bit worried that the world had been reduced to this single city, as it turns out there are zones. That’s actually comforting. The wilds and the zones. It’s also comforting to see the now and the then sections because it’s just how Lena’s mind works. It’s interesting how Lauren weaved all of that together.

And I’m a fan of Julian. I liked Alex but I liked Julian more. I don’t know why but he resonated with me, it was something about Lena passing on the things she had learned from Alex in the first place. It’s how guarded Julian is and then how open he becomes. It’s not the same as Alex tainting Lena, completely not the same.

I’m also glad that there wasn’t anything about cows in this one. I have to say Delirium caught me off guard with the cow prank.

Kudos to you Lauren for another great book! I love reading about Lean and her journeys through deliria. I’ve still got deliria for your books and cannot wait until the third one is out!

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