PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver
Kirkus Star

PANDEMONIUM

Age Range: 14 & up
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

It’s been six months since readers first met 17-year-old Lena Haloway, desperately in love in a world that considers such feelings an infection to be permanently and irrevocably “cured.”

This much-anticipated sequel to Delirium (2011) picks up right where the first novel left off, with Lena and Alex’s only partially successful attempt to escape to “the Wilds.” Lena, alone, heartbroken and near death, must reach deep within herself to find the strength and the will to survive. “Step by step—and then, inch by inch,” she is reborn. The story of Lena’s new life as a rebel Invalid, determined to honor the memory of Alex by fighting for a world in which love is no longer considered a capital offense, is told through a series of flashbacks and present-day accounts that will leave readers breathless. The stakes only get higher when Lena realizes she has feelings for someone new. The novel’s success can be attributed to its near–pitch-perfect combination of action and suspense, coupled with the subtler but equally gripping evolution of Lena’s character.

From the grief-stricken shell of her former self to a nascent refugee and finally to a full-fledged resistance fighter, Lena’s strength and the complexity of her internal struggles will keep readers up at night. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)

Pub Date: March 6th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-197806-7
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2012




NEW & NOTABLE BOOKS FOR TEENS: MARCH 2012:

ChildrenME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews
by Jesse Andrews
ChildrenBOY21 by Matthew Quick
by Matthew Quick
ChildrenAFTER THE SNOW by S.D.  Crockett
by S. D. Crockett
ChildrenPANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver
by Lauren Oliver
ChildrenEMBRACE by Jessica Shirvington
by Jessica Shirvington
Kirkus Interview
Lauren Oliver
author of ROOMS
September 29, 2014

Lauren Oliver is known for her best-selling young adult novels (including the Delirium trilogy) but her new novel Rooms is her first written for adults. We ask her about making the transition, finding new readers, and writing a ghost story. Rooms actually has two story lines that nicely collide: First, a ghost story in which the ghosts can’t leave the house but don’t know why. Second, an estranged family story in which the ex-husband dies, leaving his alcoholic ex-wife, angry daughter and disaffected teen son to clean out their former home, not knowing that it's haunted. We go ghost-hunting with Lauren Oliver this week at Kirkus TV. View video >

MORE BY LAUREN OLIVER

ChildrenTHE FEARSOME FIREBIRD by Lauren Oliver
by Lauren Oliver
ChildrenREPLICA by Lauren Oliver
by Lauren Oliver

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenGLITCH by Heather Anastasiu
by Heather Anastasiu
ChildrenEMBLAZE by Jessica Shirvington
by Jessica Shirvington
ChildrenCROSSED by Ally Condie
by Ally Condie
ChildrenTHE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
by Suzanne Collins