Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Genre:  YA Dystopian Romance
Delirum Series, Book 2

Note:  If you haven't read Delirium yet, I highly suggest you read it instead of my review.  Also note that my review has a very mild spoiler (if you haven't figured it out from other reviews, then I applaud you).  Giving you warning ahead of time.

Description (taken from Lauren Oliver's website):
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.

After reading this book, I've decided if I were living in this world, I would definitely be cured.  I'm too weak to be an Invalid.  And once Lena's gotten over the love syndrome, you see a lot of emotion from her.  And not all of it is happy, in fact, there's a lot of anger.  I think I'll take the forced happiness, thank you.

Honestly, the new love between Lena and Julian did not work at all for me.  It felt superficial and very forced.  I mean, I can understand Julian's puppy-dog eyes and crush on Lena, but I don't see how she reciprocated the feelings.  It must be something that happens from sharing a near death experience together.  I mean honestly, I'd probably grow attached to the guy I was with when facing death.  But I just didn't see the romance and the love grow.  It was just there...

Nonetheless, I cannot wait for Requiem to come out.  Fans of dystopian novels should read this series; you will not be disappointed.  Now I believe I need to pick up Before I Fall.

A quote I absolutely loved (I could just feel the angst and hate):

I imagine one day I will fly a plane over Portland, over Rochester, over every fenced-in city in the whole country, and I will bomb and bomb and bomb, and watch all their buildings smoldering to dust, and all those people melting and bleeding into flame, and I will see how they like it.
     ~ p. 147

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