*reading the last page* OMG!
*reading the last sentence* OMGOMGOMG!!!
*closing the book* Oh my God….
*staring at the closed book in my hands* Oh my GAWDDDD!!!
*on the drive home from work, 10 minutes after finishing book* Oh man…oh my GRRRR!! *attempts to shake steering wheel*
*talking to myself in the car* “BUT I KNEW IT!! HOW CAN I BE SO IN SHOCK?!?!”
And so it goes on much in the same fashion throughout that night. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. The craziest thing, really, considering I knew throughout the book that it would happen that way. I JUST KNEW IT!
I don’t think there’s another book that’s made me feel physically ill after finishing it, either. Pandemonium made me hurt! Physically! My stomach was in knots for hours after finishing it!
But enough about the ending…which we all agree was “OMG!!”
Lauren Oliver created a sequel in Pandemonium that was so different than Delirium. Different in a most amazing way. I loved Delirium. The writing was amazing. But Pandemonium kicks ass! Lena in Pandemonium kicks ass! She grows into this incredible heroine.
I must say it’s a testament to Lauren Oliver’s fabulous gift of storytelling that she had me crying over Alex for a whole year after reading Delirium, and yet, like Lena, I kind of put him in the back of my mind throughout Pandemonium, and just tried to move on. I was so focused on Lena’s journey, that I didn’t really have time to dwell over Alex.
I was a little upset at how easily Lena accepted that Alex was gone. I really thought she would’ve tried to figure it out on her own instead of taking Raven’s word at face value. Raven….*sigh* My feelings toward her were always a toss up. Still not sure how I feel about her even now.
One thing I loved about this book was how it isn’t written in a linear format. The chapters alternate between “Now” and “Then”. “Now” being present day, and “Then” being when Lena first arrives in The Wilds. It built great tension for when the two finally intersect and become a linear story once again.
The final book is going to be heart-wrenching. There’s no possible way it won’t be. I look forward to the heartache and stomach knots, Ms. Oliver! Bring. It. On. :)
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: February 28th 2012
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
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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 delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.