And the journey continues, Lena Haloway is out into the Wilds but alone without Alex just the sorrow of losing him for what seems to be like forever. But Lena is now a resister, an Invalid. Her life in the Wilds changed, she is not the old Lena we know, the old Lena is dead. Hardship, deprivation and bereavement, it all changed her. Happiness is a long lost defintion for her but maybe not anymore, Is she falling in love with someone else? What would that be regarding Alex, a way to be over grief? And will she be able to keep her mind on her mission, as an active member in the resistence?
A new Lena seems to be invading this book, the sequel to Delirium, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. Lena is now dead to the world, an Invalid, living an adventure with sorrow buried deep down in her, upon giving up so many people she loved, her mother, Hana, Grace and Alex. But will she be able to give up more people inorder to keep another? At some point she says : " That’s when it really hits me, the certainty like a concrete wall going up inside of me. This is not what I wanted. This is not why I came to the Wilds, why Alex wanted me to come: not to turn my back and bury the people I care about, and build myself hard and careless on top of their bodies, as Raven does. That is what the Zombies do." You can see a real development in Lena's character, she was once guided by Alex, in Delirum but now she is all on her own. Oliver again excelled in writing the characters, maintanied all the new characters really well. Excelled in writing the book, overall and left me ravening for more. A cliffhanger, unpredicetable and full of twists and turns, you know when you are certain that something will go wrong but suddeny its even better than you thought it would be, that's how it was at some points. The story was told in an alternating periods of time, Now and Then. In the Then chapters, we follow Lena through her life in the Wilds, when she first came, after her escape. But in the Now chapters we see her life, after joining the resistance and out of the Wilds. I was really so into the story that I could truly feel for Lena and all her dilemmas, the girl suffured alot, although the begining of it disappointed me, it was to the point that I was bored. Yet, it somehow seems to me like a thing that would appeal to The Hunger Games and The Maze Runners fans. Had a hard time putting this book down. I would absolutely recommend it, although I do recommend reading Delirium first. But comparing Pandemonium to Delirium ( My Review ), I think they both have their ups and downs, perhaps Pandemonium has more action to it which makes it more interesting in a way. But honestly waiting for the third book Requiem which doesn't come out until 2013 is going to be a torture.
Author : Lauren Oliver Grade Rating : A Followed by : Requiem Pages : 379