25 Mar 2013

Pandemonium - Review

Delirium book two
Available now

What's it about?

Lena's been to the very edge. She's questioned love and the life-changing and agonising choices that come with it. She's made her decision. But can she survive the consequences?
Other titles in the series
Annabel - Book 0.5
Delirium -  Book one
Hana - Book 1.5
Raven - Book 2.5
My review
I wasn't a huge fan of the first book Delirium, anyone who knows me already knows that, I struggled with the concept and just didn't 'get' it, so I had no big plans to move onto book two until I received a random copy of book three for review so I decided to give the rest of the series a try and ended up liking book two a lot more.
I always prefer the books in these kind of series' when some kind of rebellion is starting, where the characters start to grow, learn the truth and fight back, I don't know why maybe its the rebel in me, but that's what's starting to happen in Pandemonium and why I liked it.
Pandemonium picks up not far from where Delirium left off, Lena has entered the wilds, has to figure out how to survive in this new environment with new people while dealing with the loss of Alex, the boy she fell in love with in book one. We get to see her grow and learn what she's capable of and how far she'll go to survive. I liked this tough side of her, the side that makes her stand up for herself and not compromise who she is, even at the times that she's struggling  with her own identity.
But the thing I enjoyed the most about Pandemonium is the very real glimpses we got into the 'underworld' of the book, all the hidden places and people we didn't see or know about in book one, all the little sights into the rebellion and the savages as they grow stronger. I also got a better sense of what the cured people are like as this book goes into a little more explanation so I'm finding it easier to get a grasp, though not completely, on that story element, meaning I had no trouble getting into this one.
I also found it interesting how each chapter went between Lena finding her way in the wilds and a more present day where she is working for the rebellion, I thought the time changing was handled well and the chapters even managed to compliment each other and grow at the same pace.
I liked all the new characters and learning about their pasts, everyone seems to have a story to tell but I was bogged down in back story, just enough to know that there is more to come.
So, if, like me, you struggled with Delirium that doesn't mean you might not enjoy Pandemonium, because I did and I'm moving straight in to book three which I'm actually pretty excited about.

My thoughts on the cover
I do like this cover, the pretty flowers and the open space gives a sense of the freedom Lena experiences in the book, the birds and sunshine are pretty too.

Favourite quotes
''We're on the other side of the fence now, Lena,' she says, tiredly, as she passes. 'Don't you get it? You can't tell me what to feel.''

'I count three long seconds of silence, and in each one of them, Julian's heart drums against my back. I'm not cold anymore. If anything, I'm too hot. Our bodies are so close - skin sticking to skin, fingers entangled. His breath is on my neck.'

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