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I Belong

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Pandemonium

Author: Lauren Oliver

Genre: YA Dystopian

SeriesDelirium Series (Book 2)

Publication: February 28, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 375 Pages

ISBN-10: 006197806X (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0061978067 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Lena joins the resistance effort against the oppressive government and fights for freedom.

After escaping from Portland, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community. Weak and grieving for Alex, Lena fights to survive. And then she fights her oppressors.

As the viewpoint shifts between Lena’s time in the Wilds and the present day, which is set in Brooklyn, Lena transforms into a warrior for the resistance. In New York City, the grass-roots movement for a Deliria-Free America (the DFA) is gathering strength, and its leader, Thomas Fineman, recruits more supporters by the day. His son Julian–as-yet uncured–heads up the DFA’s youth organization. Lena is tasked with blending into the DFA’s rallies; she seems to be a supporter yet she is really a spy.

Quick & Dirty Anyone that is a YA Dystopian fan will really enjoy the fast paced sequel that Lauren Oliver has delivered.   There is romance, action, and heartbreaking moments throughout the whole book, making it a hard read to put down.

Opening Sentence: Alex and I are lying together on a blanket in the backyard of 37 Brooks.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Pandemonium is set in a futuristic United States where love is a horrible disease called the deliria. Everyone is forced by the government to get a procedure done that cures the deliria when they turn 18. Not everyone agrees with the government. The Invalids live outside of the cities and they are against the procedure being done.  They believe that people should have a choice on whether or not to get the procedure.  Most of them have joined the resistance to try and stop the government. There is also a very radical group called the DFA (Deliria-Free America). They believe that the procedure should be done at a younger age to try and stop deliria outbreaks. They also believe that everyone should have the procedure done even if it will kill you.

The book is told in two different parts — the present and the past. It starts in the present and Lena is at school in New York City, where she has joined the resistance. She is ordered to join the DFA and keep an eye on Julian Fineman.  He is the son of the leader of the DFA.  Lena goes to a DFA rally and is kidnapped by scavengers and is held hostage with Julian. While being held captive Julian and Lena get to know each other and they find out they aren’t as different as they originally thought.

In the past we follow Lena after she escapes from Portland into the wild. She has no friends, no family, no food and nowhere to go. She left Portland because she did the unthinkable — she fell in love. They decided that the only way to be together was to leave, but while running away they were separated.  She has no idea if he is alive or not but she has to move on and try to survive.  She is rescued by an Invalid group and taken to their home base outside of Rochester New Hampshire. We follow the lives of the Invalids and see how Lena adjusts to becoming one.

Lena grows so much through this book. She becomes this amazing character that is strong, confident and can totally kick butt when she needs to. I love that even though she has been really hurt by love in the past she is still willing to be open to idea of new love entering her life. She has developed into this wonderful strong women and she is willing to fight for a cause that she believes in.

Julian is a new character that we are introduced to in Pandemonium. He is determined to get the cure even though it may kill him, but before he gets the procedure done he is kidnapped and meets Lena. He learns that there the Invalids aren’t what he thought and he starts to second guess all the things he was raised to believe in.  Of course Lena and Julian start to develop feelings for each other.  Their romance develops slowing and it is really sweet.

Raven is also a new character introduced in Pandemonium. She is the leader of the invalids at the base Lena goes to in New Hampshire. Ravens story is really heartbreaking, she has lived in the wild for 6 years now and no one really knows why she left home. Being the leader of the Invalids, she feels responsible for all of the people that live there and it is a hard life with lots of loss. She becomes good friends with Lena throughout the book and tries to teach Lena what life is like being an Invalid.

I really enjoyed Pandemonium. At times the going back and forth between the past and present was a little confusing but it all comes together nicely in the end. There is romance, heartbreak, action and a killer cliffhanger ending. I loved the character development in this book and it is beautifully written. If you enjoyed book one in the Delirium series, you will not be disappointed with book 2.  It defiantly delivers. I cannot wait for book 3 to come out!!!!

Notable Scene:

“What does it feel like to be infected?”

“I-I can’t describe it.” I force the words out. Can’t breathe, can’t breathe, can’t breathe. His skin smells like smoke from a wood fire, like soap, like heaven. I imagine tasting his skin; I imagine biting his lips.

“I want to know.” His words are a whisper, barely audible. “I want to know with you.”

Delirium Series:

0.5 Annabel

1. Delirium

1.5 Hana

2. Pandemonium

2.5 Raven

3. Requiem

FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Pandemonium. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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