“Pandemonium” Lauren Oliver

HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2012

At the end of “Delirium,” Lana escaped to the Wilds, but Alex was killed. In its thrilling sequel “Pandemonium,” readers are introduced to a new set of characters and trials/tribulations in this dystopian world where being in love is considered a disease worthy of death. This action-packed, heart stopping page turner will keep readers frantically wanting to know what is going to happen.

After barely making it into the Wilds, Lana is rescued on the verge of death by an Invalid. She learns the ways of the Resistance and establishes a new life for herself in N.Y.C. with a forged identity. While on a surveillance mission for them, she is kidnapped along with Julian, the son of a very high up government leader. Held underground and fearing for their lives, she and Julian learn to rely on each other more than they had planned, despite coming from two different worlds. Despite her feelings for Alex, Lena finds herself falling for Julian. “Pandemonium’s” cliff hanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the final book in the trilogy “Requiem,” due out 2013.

When I read the last page, all I could do was scream “NO WAY!” The genius of Lauren Oliver’s writing makes February 2013 seem so far away. Students in grades 9-12 will also be waiting.

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