Goodreads rating: 4.08
My rating: 4.5 stars
Making it in the Wilds is much harder than Lena anticipates. Everything is a fight to survive, whether it’s finding food or getting over a little cold or flu. Everything in the Wilds is also about community. You need people to survive and to keep a group together takes an immense amount of management and organisation. Can Lena learn to move on from where she left off in the end of Delirium and what is really going on within the walls of the cured cities?
I loved reading this sequel. It was an excellent continuation from Delirium, held true to the characters, and continued building and developing upon them. I don’t tend to like books that switch time perspectives (ie: present time one chapter, past the next), but surprisingly enough, it really worked for this one. I was surprised to have enjoyed Pandemonium as much as I did and the ending took me by surprise, though I had a feeling it was coming.
The pacing was a little rushed in some places, but despite that, it was consistent and maintained tension very well even with dips in the action. This was an engaging read that I finished in a couple weeks; definitely continue on to read this book if you enjoyed Delirium because it builds off of what has already happened beautifully and draws it to an unexpected climax. Despite the ever-present cliche of love triangles in young adult literature, this one isn’t done so poorly that it’s unnecessary. Pandemonium is a worthwhile, engaging read that will keep you at the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more.