Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Pandemonium" by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2)

"What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose."- Henry Ward Beecher

Synopsis: Lena has made it to The Wilds, but not how she thought she would. Alone and desperate she is saved by a group of homesteaders whose top priority is simply surviving. However the world Lena left behind is changing, there is a revolution coming. And the only thing Lena can do is prepare herself and find the right side to fight on.
Now, she must return to that same world on a mission: spying on the DFA's (Deliria Free America) poster kid, Julian Fineman. Too soon though, this mission turns out to be much more then Lena ever bargained for...

My Thoughts: At first, I was a little bored with this second installment to Delirium, however that rapidly changed. I ended up finishing it in one night. It was intense, and Lena has grown so much since we last saw her in book one. She's stronger, and more bad-ass than the fragile girl who lived on the inside of the fence. The plot twists and turns, until you're reeling and just begging for answers.
The chapters alternate from past to present, which I didn't like in the beginning, but somehow, Lauren Oliver ended up making it work and it flowed together seamlessly. We get to see how Lena became such a bad-ass, while simultaneously watching her kick butt in the next chapter. There's also a ton of new characters introduced, among the most important one Julian Fineman; who quickly grew on me. What I really love about this series is not only the story-telling, but that the characters are so layered that they become real. Not to mention the imaginative and thought provoking world Oliver has created. In a world without Love and Passion, who will ultimately win? It's a series that will leave you on the edge of your seat, craving to get your hands on the next volume.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars
GoodReads Rating: 4.31 Stars

Teaser Pleasers:
"Here's something else you might as well learn now: If you want something, if you take it for your own, you'll always be taking it from someone else. That's a rule too. And something must die so that others can live."

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