Mini-Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Friday June 14, 2013 at 12:00 am |

pandemonium-loPublisher: Harper Collins
Published: March 5, 2012
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 375
Form: Paperback
Series: Delirium (2)
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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 sets Lena on a dangerous course that hurtles through the unregulated Wilds and into the heart of a growing resistance movement.  This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

My Thoughts

As far as sequels go this one was just okay for me.  While I thought it a decent follow-up, it was no where near as interesting and compelling as Delirium.  Lena has escaped into the Wilds while her boyfriend Alex has been captured.  This story switches between the past and how Lena fell in with the resistance, and the present showing the current mission she’s on for the resistance.

I’m going to try and make this quick.  As I said before, while this story was decent, I had two major issues with it that really worked my nerves.  First and foremost, this book seemed to be so much more dramatic than its predecessor.  Like unnecessarily dramatic in places that didn’t make sense to me.  And with Lena and Julian being overly dramatic, I found myself annoyed with them on many occasions.

Second issue is I just don’t believe the romance.  How on God’s green earth is Lena in love with this kid in a matter of a couple of weeks?  Especially after having loved Alex so deeply and knowing it took them quite a bit of time to get to that level in the first place.  And all of a sudden she’s stuck in captivity with Julian for a week or two and they’re in love?  Really?  While I could understand Julian falling so quickly being he’d always been so sheltered, I couldn’t understand Lena falling too.  To me it just made her seem fickle.

Overall, not nearly as interesting as the first and in some aspects quite unbelievable.  I’m hoping Requiem will redeem this one because it was only ok.

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4 Responses to “Mini-Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver”

  1. Belle says:

    I had a little different opinion of Pandemonium, but I’m always looking at the big picture of the theme of humanity and love. You, my dear, are far more realistic than I. You are looking more at person to person love. You should read Requiem, but even I was a tiny bit disappointed in that book. The ending just wasn’t what I needed it to be. Enjoy!

  2. Molli says:

    Well, boo! Man, doesn’t it suck when you liked the previous one, then the sequel is just NOT what you were expecting? The almost insta-love thing with Julian is definitely going to get on my nerves. I’ve read so many mixed reviews that it should be really interesting to see what you think of Requiem, Jade!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. I haven’t heard great things about the third book in this trilogy. I had some of the same thoughts as you in this one too. I feel like this sudden love triangle is just too forced. I agree that drama is just out of the ordinary for this series. I loved the first one so much but this series just turned into something different.

  4. Mary Weber says:

    I’ve not read this one yet, but you know how I feel about too-fast bookish romances – totally with you concerning them. My daughter just finished this book though, so I’ll have to ask what she thought about that whole thing!