“Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver is a beautifully written book. Written in the future where love is considered a disease called delirium, the deadliest of all deadly diseases, Pandemonium is a sequel to Delirium. So it is obviously science fiction, and it’s very intensely written and romantic, which is Oliver’s regular writing style. It was written for teens and young adults, and it’s incredibly hard to put down.
Pandemonium basically picks up exactly where Delirium left off. It’s set far in the future, the government is very controlling and tells all the people that love is a deadly disease called delirium, and to stay clear of it. Those who don’t listen are killed or put in jails, or they escape to the Wilds, where there are no restrictions but harder living. Delirium left off with Lena escaping her town over the fence and into the Wilds, but her loved one Alex was captured just as they made it to the fence, so Lena went on without him. Pandemonium tells a story of Lena making her way in the Wilds with a group of 20 people she meets, and then 6 months afterwards she joins the resistance, a group fighting quietly against the government. Her and the groups two leaders, Raven and Tack, go back into the city to spy on what the government is up to and try to stop it. Lena gets tangled up with the wrong people, not the government or her people but the dreaded Scavengers. And along the way she falls for a boy named Julian while they adventure through places most haven’t seen before.
The theme’s of Pandemonium are all equally huge parts of the book, and very effective. Love, intensity, and tragedy are what the book is made up of, and it’s an amazing thrill to read. I think the reason this book is so addicting is because love is such a huge part of humans communication and society, but it’s forbidden in their time and people will do anything to change it.
I don’t think I have ever read a book as moving as this. It really made me think over how lucky we are to have all the freedom we do, because without it we’d be living simple, boring, controlled lives like the law abiding citizens in Pandemonium. It really made me reflect on a lot, and wonder if maybe our society will come to this some day in the future. And although I always read futuristic books like this, most haven’t even touched Pandemonium’s level of intensity and desire. I would most definitely recommend this book to people. It might lean more towards a girly book, but it’s intense story line overpowers the lovey-dovey type stuff and the fact that the narrator is a girl. Pandemonium is a 100% amazing book, and I feel sorry for those who choose not to read it. ”