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I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
|Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver|
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
After the way Delirium ended, I was really excited about starting Pandemonium and looking forward to seeing how the characters and story would develop. I thought all my misgivings about Lena, her world, and the plot would finally be put to rest in this one. Regrettably, Pandemonium started off on the wrong foot, got successively worse, stayed that way throughout the book, but managed to end on a slightly better note.
The one thing I cannot overlook while reading a sequel is the character development. Pandemonium is sorely lacking in this respect. I couldn't bring myself to care about a single character, especially not any of the main ones. I had high hopes for Lena finally growing a spine after the way Delirium ended, but she's actually more mediocre in this book.
Julian was an unnecessary and useless character, clearly added only to make sure the book was kept interesting because
Speaking of Julian,
In addition, the alternating chapters between the past and present gave me a headache. I couldn't keep up with everything that happened, and not in the OMG-what-just-happened-that's-so-unexpectedly-amazing! way, but more in the meh-I-don't-even-care-anymore way. Pandemonium would have read much better if the book had been divided into two parts instead, one for the past and one for the present.
This book is, plot-wise, extremely short and feels more like filler than anything else. In trying to keep the Huge Cliffhanger at the End as such, it seems as if Oliver added the plot only as an afterthought, while all the focus was on making the ending seem as unexpected and shocking as possible. Also, the narration put me to sleep. Pandemonium has succeeded where most sleeping pills haven't. Awesome.
And finally, there's too much poetry. I love poetry, even more than I like novels sometimes, but what I do not like is the unsuccessful combination of the two. Again, I felt the focus should have been less on all the side elements and more on developing the plot and characters instead. I'll continue with the series, but only because I'm interested in seeing how
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