I just read Delrium, the first book in this series, over my winter vacation. So I had a far less wait on the sequel than my friends who had read Delirium long ago.
Oliver did not disappoint. Her format was to do one chapter called Then, about when Lena first escaped into the Wilds, and the next is called Now, about her currently life. To have the two lives flipping back and forth was brilliant and had to be somewhat difficult for Oliver to create. She couldn’t give too much away in the Now chapters because knowing about a person or event in the Now that happened in the past that had yet to be explained in the Then would not make sense. Did I just confuse you? I promise the book is not confusing at all.
We learn about Lena’s initial run through the Wilds and the people who found her. She was emotionally and physically weak. Flipping to a Now chapter let us learn that Lena gets past her initial emotional and physical weakness and adapts to her new life. Oliver takes us back and forth leading us through Lena’s journey from where she was Then to where she is Now. I don’t want to give away the plots points as I feel what happens is something each reader should experience for themselves. What I will say is that if you were a fan of Delirium, you will scarf down Pandemonium. I know I did. I stayed up until 2am on a work night because there was no way I could put it down. Now I’m sitting here wondering if I can really wait until 2013 to read the third installment, Requiem. The cliffhanger at the end of Pandemonium is a jaw dropper. Let’s just say I suspect we’ll get a novella before Requiem is released.