dystopian · romance · sci-fi

Pandemonium

Author: Lauren Oliver
Date finished reading: February 27, 2014

Comments:

Pandemonium is the continuation of Lena’s story after the huge cliffhanger of its precedent, Delirium. Readers might be trying to look for answers in this book, the major ones like, “What happened to Alex?” or “What happened to Lena’s mom?” However, this book does little to satisfy your curiosity.

The author uses a different writing style in this book. We are given alternating glimpses of THEN as in Lena’s life after crossing the fence and NOW which deals with the present situation – a stronger Lena who is officially part of the resistance. This style is helpful in keeping the reader engaged because I was continuously looking forward to the merging of the stories until the picture became clearer. Lena has become determined to carry out plans against the DFA. Her assignment was to tail Julian Fineman, who turned out to be a major character in the book.

As usual, the pacing is slow and mostly conversational. Lauren Oliver is very descriptive in her writing and you can almost imagine what the characters are doing. A major part of this book is about Lena and Julian trying to escape their kidnappers and most of the action occurs in the end. Twists have been presented leading to more questions. The ending was yet another cliffhanger, probably bigger than the last. I hope Lena doesn’t make promises she can’t keep.

I’m looking forward to the last installment although I’m hoping that Lena doesn’t turn like Bella Swan or other of the love triangles that turns out waaay annoying.

“The flip side of freedom is this: When you’re completely free, you’re also completely on your own.”

My Rating: ★★★★★

dystopian · romance · sci-fi

Delirium

Author: Lauren Oliver
Date finished reading: February 16, 2014

Comments:

This book had an interesting plot. It is set in a world where it is believed that love is a disease. In order to be truly happy, residents were to submit to receiving the cure so that they would be immune to the disease. That was the kind of setup Lena was brought up in. She looked forward to the day that she would receive her own cure. She has be haunted by her mother’s suicide who was believed to be infected with the disease. Lena would do her best to take the right path as expected of her – until she met Alex.

I can’t blame Lena for her view of things because that was what she had known all her life. Her excitement to finally undergo the cure which she believed would make others see her differently. I’d have to agree though that she is lucky to have Hana. It was Hana’s bold, outspoken beliefs that first set a tiny fissure in Lena’s perfect world. Hana was a memorable character because of her angst and rebellious soul. She was always the one to question how things are how they were, only in the end, the idea of running away is something she can’t handle.

Then there’s Alex, the invalid. His presence set the tone for Lena’s eyes to finally see what the government was doing – their lies, deceptions, inhumanity – all of which becomes a shock to her. The final blow was her mother, the reason why she finally agreed to go out in the Wilds. I look up to Lena’s mother just as how she was described in the story. She values her family and she brought up her kids in love and happiness, even when they were too young to see how lucky they were.

What I liked about this story is the redefinition of love. Sure love can hurt; it causes us to do crazy things. But it is also sacrifice, to the point of putting other people’s happiness first and downscaling ours. And how this time, the author uses the more believeable connection between parent and child rather than the overly used boy-meets-girl then everything becomes perfect kinda thing.

The only downside while I was reading is the effort of the author to drag the story. There were times when I felt she was just filling the spaces with flowery language rather than continuing the story. I like her love for detail, but if used so much, it can become boring. I’d be interested in reading the next books because of the cliffhanger ending and I have my hopes up on how the story would turn out.

As Lena’s mother always says, “I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.”

“I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up.”

My Rating: ★★★★

apocalyptic · dystopian · sci-fi

The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey
Date finished reading: February 11, 2014

Comments:

Actual rating is 3.5

Thoughts swarming in my head before I read the book: What? Aliens attacking the earth? Ugghh not my type of genre! People say it’s really good so you better try it for yourself. *checks reviews* Okay, okay, I’ll give it a go!

The 5th Wave is a futuristic YA novel depicting an alien invasion where there were different stages of attack – each worse than the last. Cassie, the lead character in the story decided she would put up a fight even if the whole situation seems hopeless. After all, she promised her little brother that everything would be fine. Along the way, she met people who have the same drive to defeat the enemy. Is all hope really lost? Or earth and its humanity still stand a chance at the far-advanced enemy?

I haven’t read a lot of books that cater to alien invasions so I actually liked the plot of the book. I liked Cassie at beginning but that slowly deteriorated when she became sort of desperate and unbearable at the end. I liked the author’s technique of switching between the narratives of Ben and Cassie although it is still unclear how their characters would work together as the story progresses. Human nature was truly portrayed in the story – survival brings out the worst if we let it or the best if we choose it.

There was some romance in the book (Cassie and Evan) but I couldn’t buy it because I feel that it is super common. A guy just out-of-the-blue falling in love with this girl? Ohhhh stop. That’s just what it usually is that makes it so unrealistic. What did she do to make you fall Evan? Nothing? Uggghhh. Right.

The character I’m rooting for is Ringer. I hope to see more from her in the coming books! The ending of this book seemed hopeful so I’m guessing they stand a chance after all. 🙂

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

My Rating: ★★★(3.5)