Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 288
Received: Borrowed from a friend

Release Date: February 28, 2012
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Lauren Oliver does it again! Wow, she definitely captured my heart in this book. There is so much to say and yet it is so hard without giving away spoilers. A lot happens in this book, it's not like a lot of other sequels that are more just a filler story. There is just so much that happens to Lena throughout this book, it is so much more than just the in between book of the first and the third. Trust me you will not be able to put this down!

There was so much about this book, and Lauren does not hold back her writing, you are sucked back into Lena's world once again. This time the book is written in a then and now aspect. I really enjoyed this type of  chapter breaking because you get to go through Lena's journey from where she ended in Delirium to see how she gets to where she is now. I really enjoy seeing her journey and how she becomes stronger because of what she must do. We really get to see Lena adapt to new surroundings and she shows off her strength a lot more in this book.

This book really gives the reader a view of the "Invalids" side of things. I really enjoyed that, in Delirium it is all about what Lena grew up being told, and now she finally gets to see the other side. I feel like this lets her make her own decisions of what to believe by being able to experience both 'worlds'. I will say that the world of the "Invalids" is not as perfect as we see it to be in Delirium. It shows that everyone has something to hide.

I enjoyed meeting the new characters that were introduced in this book. It made it seem like it was a whole new place. I have to hope that some of the old characters from DELIRIUM will return in the third book (*crosses fingers*). The new characters brought something different to this book, and definitely made it interesting, getting acquainted with new people instead of characters you already know.

And then of course, there is the ending of this instalment. Oh how Lauren Oliver had me yelling and screaming. I can't wait to read the last book of the series to see what Lauren will do next. She continually surprises me with her stories, and her writing just keeps getting better. Well done Lauren! I love it!!


  1. Eep, so excited to read this!! I'm looking forward to meeting new characters but also kind of bummed about missing out on seeing the previous characters.

    Heh, I should've expected that Lauren would write another crazy cliffhanger! Bring it on! :)

  2. I'm really excited about this one! I still need to read the first book in the series (I haven't had time to read it yet) but I'm going to pick it up as soon as I can. I've heard so many great things about both Delirium and this one that I just have to see it for myself now. Can't wait!

  3. Hi (and thanks for stopping by my blog too!)
    I'm glad to hear Pandemonium was good. I really liked Delirium so I'm looking forward to reading it too. It sounds like there are lots of new characters this time and from what you said, it really works. Thanks for the great review - you've bumped up Pandemonium on the TBR list now! :)



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