For those that have read book 1, this is a spoiler free review of Pandemonium. However, if you have not read Delirium (Book 1), you might want to avoid this review. You can find my review of Delirium here.
The first thing that I noticed about this story is how much Lena’s life has changed in a short period of time. As she escapes into the Wild, she meets people that are completely different than the Cured family that raised her. I lived learning more about the people that escaped The Cure and live “off the grid”. Lena herself takes on some dangerous assignments and my heart was in my throat more than once. It was a fast paced story with a lot of very stressful moments and I was completely engrossed from beginning to end.
More than anything, I was struck by how dramatically Lena changes. Compared to the sheltered girl we met in Delirium, she is unrecognizable, and it makes her journey that much more gripping. You want her to make it. You want her to fight for a world where there is real justice and freedom of feelings. Whereas Delirium brought you a world that seemed controlled and cold, Pandemonium drags you into a harsh existence where living is day-to-day, but it is free. Even though you see the terrible things that happen to those who choose to fight, you get a real sense that, for them, there really wasn’t a choice. Lena discovers that it is always better to be free and risk your life than to be trapped in a place where you have no freedom of emotions.
I was utterly captivated by this book and I think anyone who loved Delirium will love this even more. Look out for the ending, though. It is such a cliffhanger that the wait for book three is going to be pure torture!
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.