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.
In the thrilling sequel to Lauren Oliver's hit (Delirium), readers are taken to a whole new loveless world. Life is much riskier for Lena, who is now living outside the borders with a group of rebels without Alex. There are new characters and dangers that sends this book over the edge with craziness. With nothing left in this world to lose, Lena throws herself into the uprising, working behind the lines as a cured. Here we see a stronger and much more independent side of Lena which showcases her development into a much more likable and admirable character. There is much more adrenaline and danger woven into this story with such an edge that you won't be disappointed. If you fell in love with Delirium, you'll surely become obsessive with Pandemonium.
Everything about this book is amped up to the tenth degree. Oliver has expertly brought in elements of danger, survival, and suspense that will have any reader tense with worry. She has created such a fantastically real and vivid sense of peril for Lena and her new family outside the borders that will leave you feeling insanely anxious. Where Delirium, focused on Lena's everyday life, Pandemonium flips that world upside down.
There is also an incredible development of forbidden love in this book. Never did I think I could fall for someone over Alex from Delirium, but Oliver was able to once again make my knees weak with Julian. Lena and Julian worked so well together romantically, which seems impossible because Alex is just as perfect! This is seriously the first time where I can honestly feel the pull of both love interests, the same as Lena.
Pandemonium is the perfect sequel to Delirium and will leave you desperate for the third installment. We are once again left with the ultimate cliffhanger (it seems Oliver is an expert at these!) that will destroy your heart. I can't count the number of times my breath caught from reading this book. It really struck a cord with me and can't recommend this book enough!