Author: Lauren Oliver
Page Count: 432
Series: Book 2 in Delirium trilogy
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Lauren Oliver captivated readers with Delirium, the first book in a thrilling dystopian trilogy in which Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure, the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free.
Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again.
Full of danger, forbidden romance, and exquisite writing, Lauren Oliver’s sequel to Delirium races forward at a breathtaking pace and is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes action of The Hunger Games and the bittersweet love story of Romeo & Juliet.
I cried buckets over Delirium. I love dystopian fiction--especially when it's done well and in a unique, fresh way. But in all seriousness, I really did fall in love with Lena and Alex (insert weeping here) and Lauren Oliver's storytelling. She took a real world and changed one small detail that had a HUGE impact. It is a simple premise with far reaching consequences.
My advance copy of Delirium got passed around so much among my library's teens that it came back to me dogeared and bedraggled. I gave it to one teen girl who refuses to read any science fiction, fantasy, etc. She is a hardcore historical romance reader. I told her, This is your worst nightmare come true. She came back a few days later and told me I was right. And then we wept over Alex together.
If you can't wait until March for Pandemonium, go check out the special edition of Delirium (with the new cover) because it has a sneak peek of the next book in the back! Hopefully, it will be enough to tide you over, but probably not. Here's my review refresher while you're waiting.
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