Warning: Major spoilers for DELIRIUM ahead, so if you haven't read it yet, see my review of DELIRIUM instead.
Like DELIRIUM, PANDEMONIUM caught me up in its spell immediately. I really didn't know what to expect from this second book in the series after that killer ending, but I was ready to hop down the rabbit hole.
There are two alternating timelines. In the NOW, Lena is a covert operative in the resistance, charged with spying on the son of a prominent pro-surgery activist. This son, Julian, has a medical condition that could kill him if he gets the surgery - but he insists he'd rather die than be infected by love. In the THEN, Lena crawls through the wilds trying to survive the loss of her great love Alex. She meets up with some fellow off-the-griders and joins their group.
It's no secret to anyone who has read Oliver's books that she has a way with words. This is writing that can make you believe in anything. And I won't lie - at the end of DELIRIUM, I was hardcore Team Alex (not that there was another team), and didn't want to see Lena bond in any way with any other guy. But these words - they got under my skin. They challenged my preconceptions. They seduced me into seeing things differently - into accepting what the story gave me. And I can't wait to see how Oliver wraps everything up in the third and final book.
DELIRIUM – out now
PANDEMONIUM – coming February 28, 2012
REQUIEM – set for Spring 2013
Find out more about the series at the author’s website.
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FTC disclosure: This book was sent to me by the author