For my 2nd book of 2013 I decided to read Lauren Oliver’s sequel to Delirium, Pandemonium. This book was written differently than the first in that the story moves back and forth between the present and the past, bridging Lena’s survival in the Wilds and her new life as a Freedom Fighter. In the synopsis according to Amazon:
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.
I really liked this book. I won’t deny I missed Alex, and kept hoping he’d appear, but Lena was way more likable in this book. I enjoyed reading about what life was like in the Wilds among the Invalids, and how much it changed Lena. No longer was she the naive girl who ‘believed the hype.’ Tragedy and loss has hardened Lena into something fiercer. Having lived a lie for most of her life, Lena now has become someone who refuses to blindly follow others.
What was funny was how I changed my feelings about the storytelling as the book went on. In the beginning, I was only interested in the “Then” chapters because they picked up right after Delirium ended. Every time I got to a “Now” chapter I tried to read through it fast so I could get back to the other part of the story. By the end of the book it was the opposite. Like the first, this one also ends with a killer ending. Ugh, I hate that I have to wait until March 5th for the next installment.