Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver Release Date: March 1st, 2012
A stunning sequel that will leave you screaming for more.
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 ceases to amaze me with her skills to shock and draw a reader's attention. She can effortly weave a beautiful story time and time again. With Pandemonium, she has delivered. This book was definitely worth the 10 month wait!
In this book, Lena escapes to the Wilds. But, it's not as great as she thought. Because there's something missing. A big part of her that was left behind. Behind that gate. Alex. Her love. Her first love. Her only love. She thinks no one else can replace him. Until someone does.
I think everyone who's read Delirium can really see the obvious changes Lena. She's not the pathetic, weak girl, who obeyed all the rules. Instead, she's replaced with a kick-butt heroine! She grows into something beautiful. Did I feel sad that there was no Alex? Yes. Yes, I was very sad. Alex....he made quite an impression when he acted heroically at the end of Delirium. I think he made hearts across the world stop beating.
We also meet a lot of new characters; some good, some bad, some surprising, some not, etc. I even developed some feelings for a character who took Alex's place.....
I'm not quite sure if I liked this one as much as Delirium. I think it might have been how confused I got when I read the 'now' and 'then' chapters. It might have been the lack of romance at the beginning. Or, it might have been the knowledge of knowing that Alex wouldn't come back. Believe me, I enjoyed Pandemonium and I don't think I could have wished for a better sequel.
The ending? Well, let's just say that it'll make your heart stop beating AND have you banging yout head against the wall, screaming. Am I angry that Lauren has left us with such a dramatic and suggestive ending? No. Okay, a little bit. But, it does mean that we'll have a freaking fantastic last book!
Overall, Pandemonium is a book that forbidden romance lovers will eat all up! If you've read and loved Delirium, you should not miss this.