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Our hearts find a way to recover in “Pandemonium” by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium is the second novel in Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love and the power to choose. Following from Delirium, it is a book full of adventure, passion and danger that leaves you unable to put it down.

Pandemonium is a riveting novel that crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite. If you enjoy a dystopian future novel with a strong and powerful heroine then this book is for you.

The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame…

In this electrifying follow-up to her bestseller Delirium, Lauren Oliver sets Lena on a dangerous course that hurtles through the unregulated Wilds and into the heart of a growing resistance movement.

Lena’s been to the very edge. She’s questioned love and the life-changing and agonising choices that come with it. She’s made her decision. But can she survive the consequences?


This powerful story is unflinching, heart-breaking and totally addictive and will push your emotions to the limit. But more than that you see Lena’s character development – she comes into the new world stronger, fiercer and more determined because of the things she saw, discovered and lost in the first novel.

At the end of Delirium, she loses her first love Alex, who sacrifices himself to let her be free. In Pandemonium our heartbroken protagonist feels his loss deeply. Lena uses her sadness as motivation and turns it into hate, never considering that anything will ever feel like that again.

Then she meets Julian Fineman – leader of the youth section of the DFA (Deliria-Free America) and son of the president of the DFA who, after unforeseen circumstances, Lena has to save.

What she finds is that somehow Julian worked his way into her heart, making her feel a way she hadn’t felt in a long time and she starts to fall in love again.

This is Oliver’s message in the book – when you lose people in your life, your heart does recover and you do find love again and that’s a beautiful thing.

Alex is the person who first showed Lena what love was and Julian’s the person with whom she served that mentor role, she was the strong one that knew about love; he also made it safe for her to love again, and this time when she fell for him, it was different than before.

She had been through so much since she’d been with Alex; she lost him, her friends, her old life, her family. She came into a new world where nothing was certain. And Julian had his whole world turned upside down and he was looking at everything differently – not to mention he hadn’t had it easy either.  Being captured together, each of them wanting love in their own ways; they knew each other’s pain like they knew their own.  And this time Lena knew how fragile love was, how rare it is, and Julian had made her realise that something good could come out of so much pain.

“Because I am terrified by what I want: for him, and worst of all, from him.
Because I do want. I’m not even sure what, exactly, but the want is there, just like the hate and anger were there before. But this is not a tower. It is an endless, tunneling pit; it drives deep, and opens a hole inside me.”
― Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

At first Lena wasn’t sure what she felt for him, she just knew it was something that was taking away her hate and replacing it with something better. She didn’t want to acknowledge it. But soon she understood that he had made her believe in love again, made her fall in love again.

“I need him to know that I came for him. I need him to know that somehow, at some point in the tunnels, I began to love him.”
― Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

It always feels like there is just one person in this world to love, and then you find somebody else, and it just seems crazy that you were ever worried in the first place. Your heart can heal, and you can fall in love again and that is the most beautiful and amazing thing.

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