With Delirium, Lauren Oliver introduced readers to a word in which love is considered a disease, world where Lena struggles to decide what’s truly right. She does the unthinkable and falls in love, a love that made readers smile and laugh; it also made their heart breaks. Brace yourselves, because Pandemonium will play with your emotions, too.
Lauren Oliver’s writing never ceases to amaze me. When I saw her in Chicago, I couldn’t help but view her as this organically creative person. She possesses this unique and natural talent to put words together to form sentences bursting with emotions that hit you right in the chest and attack your heart with full force. She reminds me a bit of Emily Dickinson and the way the famous poet chose each and every word with the utmost of care. There’s a beauty to her writing, an elegance that goes unmatched, and I can’t help but re-read certain passages.
In the book, Lena narrates two different time frames: “then” (after escaping into the Wilds) and “now” (the present). Ms. Oliver skillfully switches back and forth between these two periods and by shaping the novel in this manner, readers are given a wide look at how much Lena has learned and changed. She is not the same girl as she is in the first book and it’s interesting to see how different she has become. Still, she remains likable, relatable, and believable.
A new character is introduced: Julian, a boy who Lena befriends. At first it was strange reading about Lena interacting with a boy who wasn’t Alex, but Julian grew on me and I can’t wait to see what others think of his character. He reminded me of Lena before she met Alex, when she believed everything she was taught about love.
Skillfully written, Pandemonium is a beautiful and haunting sequel that will leave readers speechless and desperate for more. Usually, sequels fall flat for me, but Lauren Oliver has delivered one that met and exceeded my expectations. There’s never a dull moment and I was on the brink of tears quite often, so have a box of tissues nearby when you read the book. Boy, the wait for Requiem is going to be long and painful.