This is the conclusion to one of those trilogies that I’m always complaining about. I LOVED the first book, Delirum, which I read shortly before the second book came out. I couldn’t wait to read Pandemonium when it came out, and I have to admit to being a little disappointed with it. It suffered from the “middle-book syndrome” and I was disappointed in having to wait another year for it to get better and to come to a conclusion. I have read numerous reviews complaining about the ending of the trilogy, whether it was because someone had a preference in the love triangle that didn’t come to fruition or because there were too many issues left unresolved. I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed, but overall I liked the ending, I though the unresolved issues were appropriate, displaying that life isn’t simple and events don’t always lead to a tidy ending, we don’t always have control, we certainly don’t control others, the future is unknown, but we keep on going. And I guess it leaves room for another book???
“They couldn’t have known that even this was a lie – that we never really choose, not entirely. We are always being pushed and squeezed down one road or another. We have no choice but to step forward, and the step forward again, and then step forward again; suddenly we find ourselves on a road we haven’t chosen at all. But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing. Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending” that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.”
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publication: Harper Collins, March 2013