Pandemonium

Pandemonium

Book rating: 05 Hardback Delirium Trilogy

By (author) Lauren Oliver

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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 220mm x 40mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444722921
  • ISBN 13: 9781444722925
  • Illustrations note: n/a
  • Sales rank: 218,526

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Love, the deadliest of all deadly things. It kills you when you have it. And when you don't. I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, 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. Pandemonium is a poignant, explosive, recklessly romantic and utterly heartbreaking novel. Like Delirium, the first in the compelling trilogy, it will take you to the very edge. That's all you need to know. We'll let Lena do the rest of the talking ...

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Lauren Oliver was previously an editorial assistant at a publishing house in New York. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, she is now a full-time writer and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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By MissPageTurner 11 Mar 2012 5

In PANDEMONIUM the story around Lena continues calmer than it ended in DELIRIUM. Chapters are divided into the time of "Now" and "Then", the "Then" part following Lena's weeks in the wilds after the separation from Alex.
In those parts we find ourselves in the wild, where Lena has to fight for her survival and joins a camp of invalids. The waste landscape and hard living conditions can trust alliances one second and break them apart the next. For Lena, it's about surviving in two different ways, of overcoming the loss of Alex and then to keep her body going. The life in the wilds stands in stark contrast to her life in the "Now" chapters. Distant, anonymous, undercover. After Alex is gone she is determined to go through with his mission to fight for love.

The invalids living in the wild become Lena's family and over the course of the story mine, too. They are so different and wonderful characters, I just needed them all to survive. Descriptions of daily life and living conditions are shown in detail so that the first half of the story did feel a bit monotone and slow. In the end it didn't make PANDEMONIUM an any less great read, but contributed to the overall atmosphere of the story.

I couldn't believe it when I read a description of PANDEMONIUM mentioning a new love interest for Lena. At some point into the story it wasn't possible to close my eyes to her growing feelings for another guy anymore. Because he is what Lena once was, obedient and unknowing I couldn't take offense at Lena starting to develop feelings for him. Lena's and his story is as exciting as hers and Alex'was, because he is the son of the invalids' greatest enemy.
Never before was I so convinced that I cheered for one character to get the girl, but then was taught otherwise. I was for Alex, I am still. He's the guy who gifted Lena everything, love and a future. The problem, he's just not there in one of the hardest times for Lena. The biggest mystery: What happened to Alex?
Lauren Oliver confronts Lena with the hardest choice in the world: Letting Alex go and learning to love again or living in the past with a broken heart? I do really love both guys!

I cannot believe she actually did it AGAIN! Lauren Oliver drew my heart into her story with her beautiful words and the wonderful characters Lena and Alex, and then she stamped on it very hard. She writes unbelievable ends. Cruel, I tell you! I was squirming while reading the last chapter. So bad? YES! It was horrible and so not fair.
Somebody tell me again, reading doesn't affect you. It totally affected me! I felt sad and the ending ripped me apart!

THE VERDICT

Lauren Oliver continues her excellent writing. This time she leaves the reader in the dark about the whereabouts of Alex and starts with this whole new great romance for Lena. Lauren Oliver knows exactly how to create a story that gets to you, a story that's just more!
First I didn't want to give the full rating, but after some time passed after I had finished PANDEMONIUM, I couldn't but acknowledge the greatness of this sequel to DELIRIUM.

By Suzanne Finnegan 24 Feb 2012 5

This book was amazing, Lauren has outdone herself. I enjoyed reading this so much, the writing just flowed from start to finish.

I had one big question starting this book. Did Alex survive? And a big part of me saying, "please let him be alive". I don't want to say "yay" or "nay" and spoil this book for anyone so I am going to review it without going too much into the storyline.

Pandemonium is written in alternating chapters of 'now' and 'then'. In the 'now', we learn the story of Lena's emergence into the Wilds and how she deals with the struggles and hardships of this new way of life. A better way of life?

Through the 'now', we see Lena working as part of the resistance, and she is about to embark on her first mission.

The ambience of this book is very downbeat throughout. Lena really struggles with her new life in the Wilds and at times, even wonders if she wants to survive. Life is hard in every way and sickness and death are a regular occurrence without access to medical supplies and often, a shortage of food.

There are a lot of new characters and I did lose track of who some of them were but it didn't impede on my following the story. The main characters are well written, identifiable and likeable.

We see a completely different Lena than we did in Delirium. She grows into a much stronger person, in every way, character, mind and body. She is amazing.

The ending of this book is explosive. While the book was suspenseful at times, I really didn't see the ending coming. It is probably the happiest part and my heart was in my mouth. Then it ends on one hell of a cliffhanger.

In Delirium, we see life from one side of the fence, the Cureds. In Pandemonium, we get to see life from the other side, the Invalids. I can't wait to see what Requiem will hold for us.

Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton Publishers for providing a copy of this book for review.

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'A very high recommendation to fans of dystopian teen fiction.' www.thebookbag.co.uk We're big fans of Lauren Oliver and this is the emotionally charged follow-up to last year's futuristic love story DELIRIUM. With echoes of Brave New World, we catch up with young heroine Lena as she attempts to survive in the dangerous Wilds ... Now we just have to wait for the final episode in the trilogy. Bella Thrilling and thought-provoking... Fast paced and consistently poignant, this tale quickly becomes hypnotically addictive. We almost missed our stop on the bus because we were so engrossed. Lena is a strong multi-faceted character and the future society in which she exists genuinely terrifying... A thoughtful, exciting and moving story that reminds us just how important love is. Devour it, then go and give all your friends a big hug. Heat 'Oliver's acclaimed PANDEMONIUM, the follow-up to this year's New York Times hit Delirium, is out next month.' The Courier Mail 'Dystopian is very big for young adults and one of the best authors is Lauren Oliver who wrote DELIRIUM... The sequel, PANDEMONIUM, is out in March and is a genuine young adult/adult crossover, which is quite rare. She has a big following with teenagers and women in their 20s and 30s.' Press Association Crackling with tension, Lauren Oliver's follow up to DELIRIUM is as whip smart and addictive as her dystopian debut. Marie Claire Prepare to become completely absorbed. Glamour 'We're big fans of Lauren Oliver and this is the emotionally charged follow-up to last year's futuristic love story DELIRIUM. With echoes of Brave New World, we catch up with young heroine Lena as she attempts to survive in the dangerous Wilds ... Now we just have to wait for the final episode in the trilogy.' Bella 'Now, finally, PANDEMONIUM is here ... It's a wonderfully dramatic, moving story ... full of suspenseful and heart-wrenching twists, with an epic ending that will guarantee that readers will be desperate to pick up the third and final book, REQUIEM.' theprettybooks.wordpress.com Oliver is a considerably better writer than the Twilight creator - an adept and occasionally courageous storyteller who can shock and awe with a well-placed twist. Independent Beautifully written in Lauren Oliver's inimitable style. daisychainbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk 'This book was amazing, Lauren has outdone herself... We see a completely different Lena than we did in Delirium. She grows into a much stronger person, in every way, character, mind and body. She is amazing... I can't wait to see what Requiem will hold for us.' paranormalbookfan.blogspot.com 'PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver is a book I've been dying to read for such a long time ...There is much to love with this book. It's a lot darker in tone than DELIRIUM - Lena goes through some difficult times and emotions. There is a lot more violence and death and hard realities to be faced, but there is also the sweet beginnings of new love and the hopefulness of better things to come. This is an amazing, action-filled sequel fit to burst with emotion and surprises! I really recommend it!' flutteringbutterflies.com Oliver writes in such a beautiful way, it's hard to put the book down. 5/5 Press Association 'I loved PANDEMONIUM. It was a great addition to the series, and the ending is CRUEL. Seriously, Lauren Oliver REALLY knows how to write her cliffhangers. The last word on the last page ... Oh. My. Word. If you haven't read DELIRIUM yet, why not?! You're missing out - you should most definitely go and read it, right now. I think you'll love it. And then you'll read PANDEMONIUM and you'll love that too. So, what are you waiting for?' cheezyfeetbooks.blogspot.com 'Love being thought of as a disease is such an original idea ... There is a lot more action in this second story in the series ... I did have a few questions in my mind after reading DELIRIUM and a couple of them were answered in the second book but with those answers came even more questions, I can't wait to read the next book in the series.' YABookReads.com 'Pandemonium is a gripping follow-up filled with suspenseful action and an engrossing story ... a gripping, beautifully written, action-packed read which offers up substantial character growth, introduces us to some great new characters and provides an enticing wider glimpse of the captivating world we saw in DELIRIUM.' atemporarydistraction.com 'Crackling with tension, Lauren Oliver's follow up to DELIRIUM is as whip smart and addictive as her dystopian debut' Marie Claire 'Thrilling and thought-provoking... Fast paced and consistently poignant, this tale quickly becomes hypnotically addictive. We almost missed our stop on the bus because we were so engrossed. Lena is a strong multi-faceted character and the future society in which she exists genuinely terrifying... A thoughtful, exciting and moving story that reminds us just how important love is. Devour it, then go and give all your friends a big hug.' Heat 'Prepare to become completely absorbed.' Glamour 'Oliver is a considerably better writer than the Twilight creator - an adept and occasionally courageous storyteller who can shock and awe with a well-placed twist.' Independent 'I devoured this book... Pandemonium is unmistakeably amazing with such excitement and anguish that you'd be incredibly impatient to finish it off.' grippedintobooks.blogspot.com 'The sequel to DELIRIUM is epic and tragic and so much more!... Lauren Oliver knows exactly how to create a story that gets to you.' misspageturnerscityofbooks.blogspot.com '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.' bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com 'I loved this book... An awesome read. I can't honestly say that I know of a second in a trilogy book which is stronger than the first book except this one. I cannot wait for the final book.' www.overflowinglibrary.com 'You know when you start to read a book which is a sequel, you're a little nervous that it doesn't match the first and can often be a bit of a letdown? Well, nothing could be further from that with PANDEMONIUM, which I simply could not put down! ... Like DELIRIUM it's beautifully written, conveying all the required imagery and emotion, and presenting wonderful characters to unfold a story which is simply electrifying in parts. In the final chapters I was so engrossed I was still reading at 1.30am, and once I was finished the book I was so overwhelmed I just couldn't sleep. If you don't read another book this year - you must read this, but make sure you have loads of time because you won't want to put it down.' mykeepershelf.blogspot.com 'Honestly I could not wait to read this! The moment I had it in my hands I had to read it and I think I loved it even more than DELIRIUM! There is just something so beautiful and captivating about Lauren Oliver's writing - it demands my attention from the beginning and doesn't let go until I've finished... And as for the ending? IT COMPLETELY BLEW MY MIND! Honestly, I need to read REQUIEM right now!' iwanttoreadthat.com 'The minute I started PANDEMONIUM I could not put it down and although I really hate the cliff hanger at the end I can't wait to see the reactions in book 3.' muchlovedbooks.blogspot.com 'I have literally just finished reading PANDEMONIUM and I am completely reeling! It's incredible!... I don't really know what to say other than wow! .. As with any book written by Oliver, PANDEMONIUM is written so beautifully!... I came close to tears at some of Oliver's descriptions, they were so beautiful! The way this lady writes leaves me in complete awe! There is a killer, killer cliffhanger, one that rivals that of DELIRIUM, and I cannot believe Oliver has done it to us again! I am absolutely dying for REQUIEM!' onceuponabookcase.blogspot.com 'Lena was a fantastic character again and I enjoyed her growth in this. She did have a level of strength in PANDEMONIUM but it felt partly like a stubborn strength and partly like a forced because of circumstances strength. In this book you definitely feel Lena becoming tougher, more resilient, not only physically but mentally and emotionally. Not only that, but she does so willing, actively, and that's something I really admired about her character... A fast-paced and well written read. I will absolutely be reading the 3rd instalment and I wish we could have it NOW. ' thecaitfiles.blogspot.com 'Lauren Oliver's writing is tight, full of wonderful metaphors and language and pulled me into Lena's world. The emotions are raw, visceral and the opening section of then when she is running in the wilds was utterly heartbreaking. I dare you not to be moved by it. Oliver has a gift for simple, beautiful images and her words are clearly carefully chosen. This is the sort of book that can be shelved in the young adult or the adult section and has a mature, but not pompous, narrative style. I recommend a book like this for people who say YA is poor writing so they can see how wrong they are ... I absolutely adored this book and could not put it down! I highly recommend it to all YA fans and readers.' chooseya.com 'Pandemonium is an amazing read - even better than Delirium and just as expertly written as Before I Fall creating scenes that fill the senses and left me wanting more.' books4teens.co.uk 'Dystopian is very big for young adults and one of the best authors is Lauren Oliver who wrote DELIRIUM... The sequel, PANDEMONIUM, is out in March and is a genuine young adult/adult crossover, which is quite rare. She has a big following with teenagers and women in their 20s and 30s.' Press Association 'Beautifully written in Lauren Oliver's inimitable style' daisychainbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk 'Oliver writes in such a beautiful way, it's hard to put the book down.' Press Association 'It's an action-packed adventure filled with close shaves and surprise twists and ends with a cliff-hanger that will have its fans itching for volume three... Twilight mavens will probably devour it in one sitting.' The Saturday Age 'Lauren Oliver's stunningly beautiful prose about a world voided of love and the consequences of lacking such an emotion continues to enthral the readers!' Amaterasu Reads 'If you read and enjoyed Delirium... then pick up Pandemonium ASAP.' Australian Bookshelf 'Lauren Oliver brings you yet another beautifully written story.' Forget Me Not blog 'Oliver has once again blown me away with her poetic writing and stunning ability to weave a tale so full of emotion, every page breathes with life. This is a sequel that wholly lives up to its incredible predecessor and will leave you begging, wailing, banging your firsts in rage for more!' Eleusinian Mysteries blog 'Pandemonium has a special quality that has to be experienced personally and I whole heartily recommend this book as well as Delirium.' Gothic Reign blog 'Another intriguing, great instalment to this trilogy! It's beautifully written, there are many complications, a few revelations, and a whole lot of trouble to look forward to in the next book.' Yolanda Sfetsos blog 'Prepare to become completely absorbed.' Glamour