About: I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Author: Lauren Oliver
Review: (contains spoilers)I had been fighting with myself for a long time over whether or not to read this book. After reading the first one in the trilogy, I wanted to wait awhile before picking this one up, but frankly, Lauren Oliver managed to create a big enough cliff hanger to drive me crazy enough to finally just read it.
I liked the way that this book was set up. When I first started, I though the "Now" part was some kind of prologue thing to keep you wondering what had happened before hand, but that was not the case. For those of you who haven't read this book, there aren't really chapters. They keep switching from "Then" and "Now". Each "chapter" is in a different time. When you start reading, it is "Now" but the next "chapter" is "Then".
For some people I guess this could get confusing, but I actually thought it was very well done. At the end of each "chapter" Lauren Oliver gave a slight (or sometimes not-so-slight) cliffhanger and then you sort of had to put the puzzle pieces together to figure out the whole story, which I love. I love it when authors can get you to think your way through the story.
The actual story, honestly, I think I liked the story of Pandemonium much better than Delerium's. Delirium was sort of like Lena coming out of her comfort zone, watching her slowly discover that the "Invalids" actually aren't what the government wants her to think, that being "Uncured" is not a bad thing, and that love (or Delirium) isn't a disease. And I mean, I liked it, but Pandemonium is just slightly better, I think.
In this one, she is trying so hard to get over the death of Alex, and while 'burying' (forgeting
) Alex, she manages to forget who she really is. She becomes a "New Lena". I honestly didn't like the "New Lena", she just wasn't the Lena that we fell in love within Delirium, but still, it's important. She is now part of the "Resistance" and has made many friends in "The Wilds". During the "Then" chapters, you get to see how Lena became the Lena she is in the "Now" chapters. Through death, struggle, sickness, and (yes) bombs.
There are several parts near the end, when you get to see some of the Old Lena shine through a little, with memories of Alex, Hana, or her old life.
This is Lena trying to find out who she is, the Old Lena made by the government, or the New Lena made by the Resistance.
Okay, I'll admit it, I took Alex's death hard. I never really liked him, but he was important to Lena. And when he died, I could feel Lena's pain. But throughout reading the whole book, I absolutely refused to admit that he was dead. "He can't be dead, he can't be dead!"
But once I met Julian, I liked him 100 times more than Alex! He was like Peeta in The Hunger Games.
Throughout the book you could feel the confusion between Lena and Julian's feelings for each other.
Lena is still fighting the pain from the lose of Alex, and now here's Julian. You feel sorry for her. And it takes the whole book before she discovers that Alex is gone. It's a way of saying that, yeah, Julian could never replace Alex in her life, but he could keep her safe, and he could just love her, like Alex did.
And for Julian, it's the confusion that's keeping him from loving Lena. It was so obvious he liked Lena from the beginning, but he had been told all his life that love was a bad thing. But now here was Lena. You feel bad for the poor guy struggling with his feelings.
But what's also special about them is, that you get to see Lena play Alex. She teaches him about the Wilds, like Alex did, and teaches him that The Cure is bad. And I thought it was interesting to see that.
I have to mention this, because it really bothered me. There was a lot of cursing. worse than the first book.
in Delirium, there was about two or three bad words, but in this one, there was an uncountable number of curse words.
I always hate it when authors use curse words. (unless it's vital to the story) There are fifty billion ways you could've said that without using curse words! Ugh. But it was okay...
Overall, it was actually better than Delirium.
The ending had me screaming "I knew it!", literally, as soon as I finished the last word.
A great book!
Romance: Kissing, hugging, touching. Nothing too bad, but there was a lot.
Violence: There was actually more violence than the first book! oh yeah, there was a lot.
Recommended Age: I would recommend this book to anyone 14+
I give this book a solid four apples!