PANDEMONIUM Review

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Pandemonium, book two of the Delerium Trilogy, was instantly not at all what I thought it would be.

I thought that it would pick up right where the first book left off, or at least somewhere near there, but it’s told through two different timelines: then and nowNow takes place six months after the end of the first book, then picks up only a few days after. It was an aspect of the story that I wasn’t prepared for, but I think it worked out for the better in the end.

What really threw me for a loop was the fact that Lena, the protagonist of the series, was SO different than she was in Delerium. It’s understandable, why she’s so different, but I don’t think it’s explained as well as it can be given the then and now story sequences.

The whole situation of the now sequences (SPOILER: a rebellion) isn’t well explained either. It’s stated several times that the Invalids have attacked cities across the nation, but we only get a detailed account of the attack in Portland, which doesn’t even make sense since Lena isn’t even in Portland for any portion of this book. Due to how big of a deal the rebellion is in Pandemonium, I wish there would have been more details about not just the attacks, but the rebellion in itself. Also, there is a big deal made about Lena’s escape from Portland and how it impacted the Invalid’s method of receiving supplies…shortly after, a rebellion is started. I want to know if Lena’s escape somehow started the rebellion, or if it was a lynchpin to starting it.

Lastly, there were a couple twist endings to Pandemonium. One (I’m not going to spoil it) that I thought was very appropriate and well placed, the other (also will not spoil it) seemed lame and as though it will be used to create unnecessary drama in the third book.

Overall, I give Pandemonium and 3.5/5 rating. It was well written and suspense-filled, but very different from the first book.

Delirium Review

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I just finished reading Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, which is only book one of a trilogy. And when I say ‘just finished’ I mean five minutes ago.

I have nothing but praise for Delirium. Within the first few paragraphs, I was already enveloped in the world that Oliver has created. First off, each chapter starts with an excerpt from a book or website that exists within the dystopian United States in the book. That alone shows the depth of development that Oliver used to create the story. She made up books and authors, for crying out loud.

Furthermore, love almost ceases to exist in Delirium. That is something that I can’t even fathom; not being able to say you love someone, or even something as simple as mac and cheese, not being able to hug a friend hello or goodbye because of the ever-lingering fear of being imprisoned for showing any sort of affection toward anybody.

And then we meet the main character, Lena. She is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read. She doesn’t see anything wrong with the system, she thinks of herself as any old plain Jane, and she doesn’t want anything to change. Whenever I read a dystopian series, the character is somebody that tends to stand out: Katniss, who hates the Capitol before she becomes tribute, Tris who chooses to leave Abnegation. Lena was much more simple than that (probably because she was scared out of her mind), and it was refreshing to see a character who was so normal.

Fair warning, though, I wouldn’t start reading this book if you only want to read one. Delirium ends with one of the most epic cliffhangers I’ve ever read. So epic that, as I’m typing up this review, I have several other tabs open to Amazon and I’m about to buy the rest of the series (so stay tuned for more reviews!).

Rating:★★★★