May 3, 2012

Book #50 - Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

Pandemonium (Delirium #2), Lauren Oliver
375 pages
Started 4/27/12
Finished 4/29/12

Le sigh. I really, really wanted to love this book. Because I really loved Delirium. So, it was with a heavy heart that I closed the book and realized that it definitely had not lived up to my expectations.

Last we saw Lena she had escaped to the Wilds alone. She meets up with a rag tag group of Invalids, learns the ropes of survival from them and becomes one of their foot soldiers for the resistance. While on a mission that goes awry, Lena is thrown together with Julian, the poster child for the oppressive government regime hell bent on performing the procedure on kids younger than 18. Their fight for survival forms a bond between them that will not be easily broken.

The story alternates between the past and present tense, with six months between. It was pretty confusing at first, getting the hang of the pacing and where we were supposed to be in the story. Sometimes, those plot devices work, but it just didn't feel like they did in this case.

But, beyond that, this was just a really sad book. I just don't like sad books.   

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