Book Review | Pandemonium
Title: Pandemonium (Delirium)
Author: Lauren Oliver
After the shocking conclusion to Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, I was eager for the next installment in her dystopian trilogy. The middle book in the trilogy, Pandemonium, finds Lena becoming involved with the resistance. Like the others who are already a part of the resistance, she wants the world to once again believe in love, not condemn it as a serious disease.
Pandemonium takes us back and forth between “Then” and “Now”; we see how Lena becomes a member of the resistance, and how her present day intertwines her life with Julian, the son of someone high up in the DFA. Julian himself has not been cured because he has suffered from a tumor, and the procedure could end his life. Even though he could die, Julian is willing to take that chance and opts for the procedure.
Lena and Julian are captured by Scavengers, who are also fighting against the DFA, but do not use the same methods as the Invalids, of which Lena is a part of. During their time together in captivity, Lena slowly begins to move on from Alex, even though she will always mourn his loss. Likewise, Julian begins to fall for Lena. Once Julian is reunited with his father, he is declared infected and the only out for him is his execution.
I was completely crushed that a new love interest was introduced for Lena; I liked Julian, but he’s just not Alex. There is both ignorance and innocence in Julian, and I just couldn’t accept that Lena would be ready to move on so quickly after the tragedy with Alex. Lena herself is really strong, and Julian in many ways is much weaker than she is.
Although Pandemonium was a bit different than what I was expecting, I enjoyed it. There were quite a few shocking moments throughout, and now I am desperate to get my hands on the final book in the trilogy.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*