Review: PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
Lauren Oliver
375 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Prepare to have your jaw drop. The latest installment in Lauren Oliver’s first YA series will leave you gasping for the grand finale. Pandemonium will undoubtedly leave your mind reeling.

   DELIRIUM wasn’t all I expected it to be. Given that fact, I wasn’t exactly eager to dive into Pandemonium. But I did. The story starts off slow and a tad bit confusing. To tell you the truth, Lauren’s signature writing style is more of a yawn-inducer for me. After about 40 pages in, I was ready to mark it as a dreaded DNF.

   Good thing I didn’t. Before I knew it, the story picked up. The stakes were higher than I could’ve imagined. Twists and turns, danger at every curve – Lena has it even tougher in Pandemonium. And once the big rush slows down, and you think you have it all figured out – you’re wrong. The ending will leave you hanging, dangling, by a thread even thinner than the one Delirium left us with.

   The old Lena is dead. The new one has been carefully built on lies. Her name, her identity, everything. Life in the Wilds is tougher than living in the society she grew up in. There are even times when she wished she was at home, getting ready for her cure. But if she thought life in the Wilds was difficult, she has no idea what fate has in store for her next.

   Lauren Oliver has earned a fan in me. Loyal and true. Pandemonium was exactly what I was looking for – and more.

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February 28, 2012



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    ashelynn hetland

    February 27, 2012

    I can't believe it's taken you this long to become a fan of Lauren Oliver! :p (j/k. I love her writing style, though. Have you read her other books? Love them.)

    Love this review; I can't wait to read Pandemonium. Delirium had a horrible ending, and everybody says Pandemonium's is worse so I'll probably wait until closer to the third book's release. :)

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    February 27, 2012

    I didn't think it was possible, but your review makes me want to read Pandemonium even more then I did before! I'm so excited for it. =) Fabulous review!

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    Simply Kayla

    February 27, 2012

    Awesome review, I just bought Delirium and am getting ready to read it! I hope I like it so I can buy Pandemonium and read it too. I'm glad you enjoyed it :D

    I've never read any Lauren Oliver books and I hope that I like her writing style, I just picked up Before I Fall from my library because I've heard so many great things about her books!

    Have a great day.
    Kayla @ Simply Kayla's Book Reviews

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    YA Book Queen

    February 27, 2012

    Glad to hear that it picked up and introduced some twists and turns! Sounds like Pandemonium is a great sequel…

    Lovely review!

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    February 27, 2012

    I am really looking forward to reading Pandemonium. I really enjoyed Delirium, and OMG that cliffhanger. Your review has made me even more excited for this book!
    Book Loving Mom

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    February 27, 2012

    Yay Hafsah! So glad you stuck with this one and ended up loving it, I just adored it. Delirium took a while for me to get into and I was nervous picking this one up based on the new love interest hinted at in the synopsis, but it just blew me away. Loved:)

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    Sara (of the Page Sage)

    February 27, 2012

    I wasn't a big fan of Delirium either, but now I'm tempted to give Pandemonium a try.

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    February 28, 2012

    I didn't think Delrium was all that great but I loved Before I Fall. So with that and all the good reviews I've been reading, I can't wait to read Pandemonium.

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    Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    February 28, 2012

    Wasn't it so good?? I totally loved it as much as Delirium, I think. I can't waitttt for the 3rd book!

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    February 28, 2012

    That is such good news! I can't wait to get my hands on this now! I felt the same about Delirium so now I am just dying to read this.

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    Candace @ Lovey Dovey Books

    February 29, 2012

    Sounds like I should check out Pandemonium. I wasn't all that crazy about Delirium until the ending, so hopefully this novel will have much more in store.

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    Anjana Vasan

    February 29, 2012

    I can't believe you read this released just yesterday! I have a copy but I haven't gotten around to it yet because as much as Delirium was good, it wasn't great..But looks like you were impressed so I'll def read it asap :)

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    Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf

    March 2, 2012

    And now I really need to get this book! I was worried it might not live up to the hype…glad to see you thought it was excellent!

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    Denise Z

    March 3, 2012

    I have seen this book around quite a bit lately and have been curious about it. I am glad you let us know that it picks up. Sometimes it is really worth it to hang in there :) Thanks for sharing.

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    March 5, 2012

    I read Delirium last December and I love it. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. huhu

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    November 5, 2012

    I really liked it! But, I knew where it was going at the end. Got a bit predictable. But I'm still eager to read Requiem.

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    November 12, 2012

    I really wanted to like Delirum and Pandemonium but Idk it was just missing something. Normally I LOVE action! And Pandemonium def has a lot of it! It's just I for one don't like how her first love was killed so easily when he had a huge role in the first book! :( I would have love to have seen her go all extreme man hunter, and in a way is she did. It just didnt grab my attension as I was hoping for. I reread the book sereval times and loved Blue's story but overall the book just wasnt giving me what I wanted. :(