At the end of Delirium, the first book in Lauren Oliver’s compelling dystopian series about a near future in which love is a disease and can be cured with a routine (and mandatory) brain surgery, Lena finds herself in the Wilds, an outcast from society like Alex, who “infected” her with the “deliria.” Worst of all, she has to leave Alex behind, and it is certain he is now dead. In Pandemonium, Lena has to start afresh, even as her heart breaks over Alex. She becomes a part of the resistance, after trying to regain her health and adjust to survival in the harsh settlements of the Wilds.
Throughout the book, Lena’s story alternates between that time that she first landed in the Wilds and the present, after she’s been given a new identity and placed in New York City, where she is tasked with attending the meetings of the “Deliria-Free America” group and finding out what they’re doing. But the danger isn’t behind her; she is kidnapped by the reckless Scavengers, along with a young man whose father is the head of DFA. But after days of being held prisoner with only Julian as company, Lena is surprised — and confused — to find herself attracted to someone other than Alex. What will happen when the two very different young people are freed?
Pandemonium is even more action-packed than Delirium, and it ends on some big cliffhangers. Oliver won’t be able to write the next book fast enough for fans of this thrilling series.
Rated: Moderate, for two uses of strong language, other mild and moderate language, and some violence. There are few sexual/romantic references.