This will contain a SPOILER for those who haven’t read Delirium.
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: February 28th 2012
Length: 375 pages (Hardcover)
Series: Delirium #2
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
Well, I’m calling this a mini review because I honestly don’t feel like I have read this book in a way that makes me able to do a full review.
You see, I bought this book pretty cheap in a bookstore several months ago on a whim. I absolutely LOVED Delirium, so when I saw this one, I had to buy it. Then I went home, started reading and…sat there totally confused. I had no idea what was going on, where Lena was, or what she was doing. So, I don’t know, I guess I stopped reading and walked away to do something else. Then, I think another book that I was much more eager to read ended up in my hands….and Pandemonium was left unfinished.
Months passed and I barely even looked at Pandemonium again. I think I thought about it as a kind of reserve, in case I had no other book to read. Pretty stupid since I always have books to read, but anyway, yesterday I decided to man up and finish it.
I have to tell you, this is in no way a bad book. It is well written, the characters are just fine, and the concept is interesting, BUT, it just didn’t do it for me. There was something lacking in the plot that made the push to read it almost non-existent. I found myself skimming several paragraphs, especially towards the end, and I just wanted to be done with it. I wasn’t very fond of the two different timelines-thing, and the oncoming love triangel was a HUGE turn-off. I did like Julian, but somehow that just makes it all worse.
Once again, this wasn’t a bad book, and I think I didn’t enjoy it that much because of the attitude I had when I picked it up again. I will read Requiem, but I’m going to wait until I really feel like reading it.