Well, everyone, I am more than happy to say that SUMMER IS HERE!!! I have been waiting for this since day August, when school started. Now, I'm ready to read some great books and review them! First up, the book I have been obsessing and waiting for for AGES, it is...
Author: Lauren Oliver
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.
Even this summary sounds super duper awesome. Pandemonium is the sequel of Delirium, if you hadn't already figured that out, and is also one of my all time favorite books. I had very, very high expectations for this book, and I am happy to say that they were met. Now, Delirium was such a beautiful and amazing book that I'd say it's hard to read a sequel that's just as good, but Pandemonium definitely pulled it off.
First of all, Lena has completely changed. In a good way. She' s gone from dependent and careful, to totally butt-kicking, outgoing, and awesome in general. She's strong and brave, and she feels like a real person. I'm a writer myself, and I don't even like my own characters, it's hard to make a character likable. But Lauren Oliver manages to oh-so-beautifully create this lovable character and make me feel as though she's my very best friend. And so I refuse to believe that Lena is fictional.
There was a flaw to this book though, I never said it was flawless. But the flaw is minor, something that is easily forgotten once you get lost in the riveting events in the book. The pace was a little slow at first. The book is divided into Then and Now chapters, and throughout the Then chapters I found myself skimming ahead because I wanted to see what happened next. But the Now chapters were so full of action that if you missed a page, you'd be totally confused at what happened. They gripped me from the very beginning and kept me holding on through the end. Now, the Then chapters did get better as the book went along, so it wasn't completely slow, just the beginning.
The plot of this book was fabulous. I found out things that made my jaw drop, and my heart was pounding during most of the book. It's not something you can just guess the ending of, you just have to keep reading and find out for yourself. I was never really bored other than the few The chapters in the beginning, the story is filled with events that will leave you wanting more. Oh and of course, Lauren Oliver decided to leave me with another cliff hanger, one that's even worse than Delirium's, and whoever though that would be possible!
And if you're wondering about Alex, I'm keeping quiet about him, you'll just have to read the book for yourself!