Review: Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Title: Pandemonium (Delirium #2) 
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary: In this follow-up to Delirium, Lena is on a dangerous course that takes her through the unregulated "Wilds" and into the heart of a growing resistance movement.

After reading Delirium, I had so many questions as to what happens next. Pandemonium did answer some of those but now I have even more questions! I honestly think the questions will never end.

There wasn't much of a summary to this book which I found slightly confusing because you always want some sort of summary, right? Pandemonium was told in two alternating perspectives; then and now. The then portion covers the events that take place right after Lena makes it over the wall and gets taken in by group from the Wilds. Here, Lena learns about their Homestead and how things work in the Wilds. The now portion covers the events that take place while Lena is in Manhattan as she takes part in the resistance.

Lena is told to follow Julian Fineman, the youth leader of the DFA (Deliria Free America), during a major DFA rally. After an unexpected attack, Lena, determined to stick to what she was told to do, follows Julian underground. After searching for Julian, the unthinkable happens, forcing Lena and Julian to work together for there own safety. After Lena finds out what was really going on, she takes a major risk to try and save the ones she cares for most.

Okay, to begin, I felt the "then" parts of the book were not needed. Maybe if the book was split into two parts it would have made more sense or if there was even just a prologue explaining how Lena was saved and by who in the beginning. The switching back and forth confused me before I realized what it was and I really only wanted to read the parts of the book where Lena was in Manhattan as part of the resistance. 

Minor spoilers (skip to last paragraph)

I did like that Julian was able to set aside him and Lena's differences in order to work together. I felt he basically knew right away that Lena wasn't actually cured. I mean they really only had each other. I also loved that Lena was so willing to risk her own safety to try and save Julian.

Although that ending had me wanting to rip my heart out and stomp all over it, I enjoyed the second book. Like I said some parts weren't needed and some I loved. Now I'm hoping the final book is the best of them all. 

1 comment

  1. I totally agree with you!! I enjoyed the book, at least most of it, but the ending was shocking. I read it a while ago and I remember waiting anxiously for the third book to be published. Hope you like it and post the review soon!
    Thank you for sharing your opinion with us💜


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