Series: Delirium #2
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
While Delirium was a straight forward narrative, Oliver throws a bit of a curve ball at us in Pandemonium by switching the narrative between a present Lena and a past
Lena. While I did not see much point to the style,
it did allow essentially two different tales to be told in the same novel
without a gaping hole in between the two since the narratives are woven
together throughout the novel.
While Delirium offered little action and much romance as
Lena set upon a path to self discovery, so to say,
Pandemonium – while not living up to its name – at least offered more action
and a little less drama. Of course, Lena spends a good portion at the beginning of the past
tense cycle moaning and groaning over the loss of Alex and second guessing her
decision to leave now that he is gone. I
guess this, however, is to be expected, seeing as how she is under the
influence/infected by love.
Why in her first person narrative
hints that she has changed a lot, especially in the present timeline, I didn’t
really see her character develop that way.
Granted, her demeanor has definitely changed; that I will not argue
with. But I didn’t see that development in her character as a progressive, subtle
change. Instead, it felt more like she
changed almost immediately once she arrived in the Wilds, as if the scenery
itself were enough to harden her and make her tougher and colder.
Pandemonium offered more action and suspense then Delirium, but it was still far from a fast paced, stay up under the covers all night type of page turner. The introduction of Julian soon becomes a replacement for the lost Alex and the related romantic angle. I knew it was only a matter of time before
Lena got over Alex and let another
guy “infect” her, but at least I thought it would be the bad boy Tact. And least Oliver had the decency to switch it
up a little. While Lena
fell for the first guy she met in Delirium, as least she had some self control
in Pandemonium and waited past more than just one guy introduction before
While the cliffhanger at the end made me roll my eyes a bit to myself, the plot was still interesting enough throughout the novel that I quickly started in on Requiem to finish out the series.