Series Sunday: ‘Pandemonium’

Many books in my book queue are waiting to be read, and a common theme among them is they’re all part of a series, trilogy or saga. Each Sunday, I’ll share a book from a series. You can read along with me, or add the books to your own reading list. This week, I read “Pandemonium” by Lauren Oliver.  
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“Pandemonium” ended so well. It also ended horribly. 
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Lauren Oliver ends the second book in the trilogy on a massive cliffhanger. The major plot twist happens a measly seven paragraphs before the end of the book. But we’ll get to that later.
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At the end of “Delirium,” Lena escaped from her fenced-in city in Portland, leaving behind her aunt, uncle and cousins, her friend Hana and her first love, Alex. 
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“Pandemonium” picks up with Lena crawling through the wilderness, Jane Eyre-style, toward a better life. In the wilds, she meets Raven, a mysterious young girl who won’t talk about her past and who is staunchly committed to making those who have been cured lose faith in the government.
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She eventually meets up with a society of Invalids who transplant her into New York City. She’s given the mission to keep an eye on Julian, poster-teen for Deliria-Free America, or the DFA.  
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The chapters in “Pandemonium” flash back and forth from Lena’s life at the Invalid homestead to her time in New York and her adventure with Julian. The two are eventually thrust together through a series of circumstances, and you can see them falling in love from a mile away. Although, generally, a prison cell isn’t the best place to fall in love. It feels a little forced, especially since Lena is getting over Alex after leaving him bleeding and swamped with security officials in “Delirium.”
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Lena also is looking for her mother through her whole ordeal in “Pandemonium.” They’re eventually reunited, but Lena doesn’t realize it until the end, and the whole thing is kind of downplayed unnecessarily. I’m hoping for another, more heartfelt encounter.
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The last seven paragraphs are simultaneously the best and worst of the book. On one hand, we get to see a character we knew and loved in “Delirium.” On the other hand, Oliver sets up the third book for a rather unfortunate love triangle. Are you sick of love triangles in literature yet? I am. We can be glad, then, that this is an amor deliria nervosa triangle, and all of our characters have been stricken with a disease that can be cured. Thank heavens for that.  
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“Pandemonium” was a seriously good sequel to “Delirium.”  We got to see Lena grow as a human being and learn more about the society of which she is a part. All human beings in real life eventually come into a greater understanding of what surrounds them, but in the book, Lena is learning more and more how her society controls and confines her. The final book in the trilogy, “Requiem,” is set to be released next year. We’ll check back on it later. I’m hoping Lena is able to break free and reform society, but the end of “Pandemonium” was looking pretty hopeless.
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I don’t know what I’ll be reading next week! If you have any thoughts, leave a comment!

If you missed last week’s review of Delirium, here it is!

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