Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

I know this is way late but I got sidetracked and busy and I'm lazy, I admit it. I've had this review and my Requiem review written since last Friday I just haven't gotten around to typing them, so here they are.

(WARNING- this post may contain spoilers from both Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver)

Told from two different times of Lena's new life in the wilds Pandemonium picks up where Delirium left off with Lena escaping into the wilds and Alex appearing to have died. The next part of Lena's story jumps back and forth from Then- Where Lena has just arrive in the wilds and is learning how to be a resistance fighter and just learning how to survive and what to believe now without Alex and everything, too Now- where Lena is officially part of the Resistance and her mission to follow the leader of the DFA(deliria free America)'s son, Julian who is captured during a rally by scavengers.

Now on to the review - 

   First I would like to say that I love, love, love this book. It is officially one of my favorite books of all time. It's awesome and amazing and epic, and lots of others things.
   One of my favorite things about this book is the way the story is told, alternating between Lena's time in the wilds and where she is now working for the Resistance. I love both parts but my favorite was the Then when she was in the wilds. I loved getting to see the wilds. I loved how they were described and explained. And I loved seeing Lena's transformation from a timid person who doesn't know the first thing about surviving in the wilds to a Resistance fighter who is a bit of a bad-ass and a survivor, a fighter. The only thing I had issues with in the Then parts was trying to keep track of the time line, like how long before the Now the Then happened and everything.
  Now with the Now, I loved seeing Lena as a fighter and part of the Resistance and all but the parts where Julian and her are captured and in the cell or whatnot I found a bit boring, and I didn't really see the point of the rat people because they are never in it again, but besides that it was good. Especially after they escape then it picks up again. I thought the thing about her mom and the Alex thing were both predictable but that's not necessarily a bad thing. And I loved the last 75 pages or so, with breaking Julian out and everything, it was awesome, because that's when Lena really starts fighting for herself and making a stand and everything.
   On to the characters, of course I loved Lena in this one even more than in the first book. I loved seeing her turn all bad-ass and everything. In this book you see her turn from this timid person who just does what she's told into a bad-ass Resistance fighter who has her own beliefs and wont just sit by and watch things happen any more, she starts fighting for what she knows is right. Overall I just love Lena for the most part, but I thought it was a bit lame when it comes to her relationship with Julian, because like in Delirium with Alex you see her falling for him but in this she kinda just suddenly decides/realizes that she "loves" Julian. I mean you go from her hating him, to them being sorta Friends but more like alias, to them being in Love? What the Heck? When did that happen? I still love Lena but I hate the whole "Love triangle" thing, I think it's over-rated and over-used. Plus I kinda hated Julian, and not because I'm team Alex or anything I'm team Lena as long as it's convincing that who ever she ends up with is right for her I don't really care, I just thought Julian was kinda lame and wimpy and clingy I guess. And I wasn't convinced that he loves her, it was like she was the first girl he ever saw and the only option so he wants her. It just didn't feel real to me, and Julian is lame. You're also introduced to some of the invalids and stuff. My favorite new character is Raven, who is the leader of the group of invalids that save Lena, Raven is kinda a bad-ass and awesome, she sorta takes Lena under her wing and teaches her how to let go of the past and survive in the wilds and to become a Resistance fighter. Also I loved Hunter and Bram and I guess Tack, but I wish they all had been in it more and that we got to know them more, I understand that there was more important stuff but still.
    Overall the book is awesome, action packed, with some romance but not too much and it's just awesome. So, even if you read the first and thought it was just OK you have to read this one because it is so much better and epic. Well, what are you waiting for go read it all ready!

Song of the moment - So Far Away by Red

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