Pandemonium ~ Lauren Oliver
Oh you hunky, heart fluttering teen dystopian romance, why must you always tug at my emotions so?
Though nothing has truly been new since the dawn of time, on the satire front, at least not since Orwell and his fantastic farm, I still love that we write about this stuff. When reading Lauren Oliver’s most recent installment, I called up every Hunger Games, Divergent, etc., evaluation of our society as told through terribly clichéd, overused metaphors.
So did I hate it?
No! I flipping loved it!
When Delirium ended, I thought it ended perfectly as a single, not a series. I had no idea where Oliver would go, following such a tightly cut and wrapped finish. Because of this, I feel like I enjoyed Pandemonium that much more as it had to completely recreate itself in order to match up to the first. And that it did! It, of course, has a bit of that “here’s the new boss, same as the old boss” business but didn’t get completely sucked into proving that point.
I think that, overtime, I’m finding that Orwell and now Collins (of course) are the standard by which I judge all political science fiction. This one measures up in the second for some great crowd scenes and fabulous conspiracy theories. I would love to give an entire breakdown of the second book but I want everyone to promise me that they’ll go read Delirium first so I can continue without spoiling the whole first book of lead in.
Overall, a great second offering. No sophomore slump, here!