Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This is a young adult dystopian novel. (Rating PG for mild violence)
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.
This story was like a good slow cooked stew. It couldn’t be rushed. It had to simmer to be great. I have to admit I had high hopes for this sequel. I wouldn’t say it missed the mark, but it wasn’t a knock you out of the ball park story. This is because like Cremer did in her second installment of the Nightshade series, we find ourselves in a new world with new characters that have to be built from scratch. And in this case, that took time. There were a few characters that things happened to that should have affected me more than it did. But the pacing and development didn’t allow me too.
But by the mid point the story started to take off for me. I’m Team Alex, so it was a bit hard for me to get into another character. But ultimately, I fell prey to his charms. I’m leaving out the name on purpose because you’ll have to read to see who I am referring to.
Therefore I can’t say much about the characters without giving the story away. But I will say that Oliver does a good job of developing her character albeit that it takes some time. Lena grows a lot in the story and there are many lessons to learn. But Oliver is very good at sending important life lessons through her writing.
This is a world building book. So it reads almost like a first in the series. It is good yet it is on a path of slow and steady. The author took a past and present approach to the story that switched things up a bit but didn’t add to the pacing of the story. Oliver however is an amazing writer and she filled the pages with words that let you see the story unfolding. So I was content to read, watch and wait.
I wasn’t shocked by either of the revelations in the story which was kind of disappointing. I like surprises. I knew exactly who prisoner 5996 when they met. Also the bit at the end, I saw a mile away. Although I was a bit shocked by the words that were said and the tone that implied what they meant. Anyway, another year’s wait.
Do I recommend? Yes. But Oliver has left us again dangling on the edge of insanity waiting for the next book. Marketing ploy? Sure, but I still can’t wait to read. So for you all that can wait to read this one or the series, you might want to because twelve months is a long time.
Sarah Drew is the narrator again for this book. She didn’t disappoint. She did a good job of throwing her voice to distinguish the characters so I didn’t have trouble following. I thought she was a good choice for this series.
My book boyfriend is Julien.
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