There will be spoilers for Delirium, use your brain here and decide if you want to continue reading or not!!
Holy intensity in ten cities Batman. You guys, this whole heart clench that I got after listening to the audiobook of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver has got to be bad for my cardiovascular system. OH MY GOD! Okay, so apparently I wasn’t paying that much attention in Delirium because the beginning of Pandemonium is like, oh, by the way, Alex is dead. And I’m like WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN? AND yo, Pandemonium does not relent.
Okay, so Pandemonium alternates between Then and Now. During the Then section, Lena is attempting to survive in the wilds and deal with her overwhelming grief while trying to fit in with the invalids. During the Now section, Lena is in Brooklyn infiltrating an anti-deliria league and oh yeah, getting to ‘know’ Julian Fineman who comes from a very, very anti-deliria, kind of a big deal family.
Obviously, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver doesn’t suffer from second book in a series syndrome. YOU GUYS! The story actually advances. Big reveals are made! And okay, Lena’s character actually continues to grow! She’s so freakin’ fierce. I LOVE IT! I mean, it’s not like Lena regresses, but in Pandemonium, I felt like she took her inner strength to the next level.
AND HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD THAT ENDING! OH MY GODDDDDDD. Yo, screams heard round the world. It came out of pretty much nowhere and y’all I cannot freaking believe it. Like it’s very discussion and theoryworthy. I have some thoughts. AND SOME IDEAS. AND SOME CONNECTIONS in my synapses after reading it.
Sarah Drew is still stellar in her role as narrator for the Delirium Trilogy. She lends the story a certain vulnerability in her voice to the audio produced by Harper Audio. The unabridged length of 10 hours and 37 minutes go by rather quickly with Drew at the helm. Pandemonium and Delirium are definitely a series worth keeping up with in audio.
Disclosure: Purchased my copy with my audible credit. HOLLA!
Other reviews of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver:
Delirium (Book One)
Pandemonium (Book Two)
Requiem (Book Three)