I mentioned in my review of Delirium, the first book in Oliver's dystopian trilogy, that I was already halfway through Pandemonium when I was writing that review. I didn't mention that in order to procure Pandemonium, I left work about 90 minutes earlier than usual (since the closest branch of NYPL that had it was closing at 7). In other words, I was hooked.
I kind of hate when I get like that, snarfing books down at top speed, reading without tasting. Pandemonium is just as compelling as Delirium, and the heroine, being more self-reliant is more likable. She's now a member of the resistance, endures hardships, and knows how to handle a knife.
As I was in the first book, I'm still a little nervous about the possible religious message, especially when protagonist [Magda]Lena recites the forbidden Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd...) to herself, "for revenge." I'm also concerned that the author is conveying anti-anarchist and anti-communist sentiments in her portrayal of the resistance movements.
Also, the surprise, cliffhanger ending really irritated me. I can't say why without spoiling it for you, though.