Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

5 Stars

*reading the last page* OMG!

*reading the last sentence* OMGOMGOMG!!!

*closing the book* Oh my God….

*staring at the closed book in my hands* Oh my GAWDDDD!!!

*on the drive home from work, 10 minutes after finishing book* Oh man…oh my GRRRR!! *attempts to shake steering wheel*

*talking to myself in the car* “BUT I KNEW IT!! HOW CAN I BE SO IN SHOCK?!?!”

And so it goes on much in the same fashion throughout that night. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. The craziest thing, really, considering I knew throughout the book that it would happen that way. I JUST KNEW IT!

I don’t think there’s another book that’s made me feel physically ill after finishing it, either. Pandemonium made me hurt! Physically! My stomach was in knots for hours after finishing it!

But enough about the ending…which we all agree was “OMG!!”

Lauren Oliver created a sequel in Pandemonium that was so different than Delirium. Different in a most amazing way. I loved Delirium. The writing was amazing. But Pandemonium kicks ass! Lena in Pandemonium kicks ass! She grows into this incredible heroine.

I must say it’s a testament to Lauren Oliver’s fabulous gift of storytelling that she had me crying over Alex for a whole year after reading Delirium, and yet, like Lena, I kind of put him in the back of my mind throughout Pandemonium, and just tried to move on. I was so focused on Lena’s journey, that I didn’t really have time to dwell over Alex.

I was a little upset at how easily Lena accepted that Alex was gone. I really thought she would’ve tried to figure it out on her own instead of taking Raven’s word at face value. Raven….*sigh* My feelings toward her were always a toss up. Still not sure how I feel about her even now.

One thing I loved about this book was how it isn’t written in a linear format. The chapters alternate between “Now” and “Then”. “Now” being present day, and “Then” being when Lena first arrives in The Wilds. It built great tension for when the two finally intersect and become a linear story once again.

The final book is going to be heart-wrenching. There’s no possible way it won’t be. I look forward to the heartache and stomach knots, Ms. Oliver! Bring. It. On. :)

Book Info

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: February 28th 2012
Pages: 375
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: DystopianRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader. Before I Fall is her first published novel. She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

16 Responses to “Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver”

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    I feel like I cheated myself by reading this review… I hadn’t really wanted to read Delirium, but now I want to read the whole series! I love how much you loved this one.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    Gah, this book was so definitely heart-wrenching and stomach-knotting. I had a very difficult time accepting Julian, and WITH THAT FREAKING ENDING… “OMGGGG!” is right! God, I swear, Lauren Oliver LOVES torturing her readers. Another year until Requiem. :( Excuse me while I die waiting. Haha, fabulous review, Jess! :)

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    I”m pretty sure that’s how I felt when reading Delirium. Like who does that?! Which makes me SO excited, nervous, petrified, elated to read Pandemonium. Great review and I’m glad I’m not the only one who reacts to books like that! 

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    *SPOILERY FOR PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T READ BOOK ONE/TWO* (I don’t think there would’ve been any way for her to find the truth on her own, though. Not while she was grieving, and even after she joined up with the resistance. I think she’d have had to climb the top of the ladder in the resistance to maybe be even privy to his whereabouts.) But, at the same time… I see your point. Alex’s you know didn’t effect me as much as others, but it did leave me crying for the first few hours once I was done.  BUT, *flashes Team Julian tank* YUP. it happened. How about you?

    The emotion in Pandemonium is like a car accident, you know that sickness and horror as you’re watching but you’re also fascinated. That’s what it was like for me, at least. And boy, did Oliver suckerpunch me in the gut with everything lead up to and with the ending. :O


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    Smash Attack

    I thought Delirium was good but it didn’t blow me away like it did everyone else. But 
    WOW! You make me excited to read Pandemonium right quick! I do miss Alex and i’m sad to hear he is pretty absent, but I guess that is where the WOW factor comes in…lol

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    Haha, I love your reactions to this book because I think everyone had similar ones! I wasn’t a fan of Delirium but I loved Pandemonium! I liked that it wasn’t written in linear format too as the Now and Then were interesting ways to tell the story. I definitely think the next book is going to be heart-wrenching but I hope she doesn’t really do anything bad to Julian. I have a very soft spot for him! Love your review. :D 

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    Ah! This one was so good! The ending was crazy! I agree with you about how you just kept thinking about it after you finished the book! Book three seems so far away!
    Rumana @ Relook the Book

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    Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    I knew it too and I couldn’t get over it! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Great beginning to your review! Alex was in the back of my mind as well now that you mention it.  I’m kind of scared of the last book!

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    Adam @ Hitting On Girls

    The final book will probably screw me up emotionally for some time. You have to appreciate Lauren Oliver for this one. She took it in a completely different direction than I expected, and it’s amazing.

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      I completely agree. It was unexpected and it WAS amazing! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in the last book. We’ll all have to set up some kind of support group afterwards, lol.

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