Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

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You may have already noticed, but it bears repeating: I couldn't rate this book.
A forewarning: No amount of reviews will equate to proper preparation for the sheer emotion, as bloody and gaping as any severe wound, and as equally striking, living in Pandemonium. The beauty of this sequel is so horribly, tortuously perfect, as sweetly poignant as letting go of someone important, or watching a younger sibling standing up on his or her own two feet, no longer needing a guiding hand, or leaving behind family to catch one's dreams. Necessary, exhilarating, and painful. Pandemonium is a never-ending punch to the gut, a beating we continue to beg for because it's the only way to keep the story alive and close, to peel away what bars us from the heartwrenching truth. The tears are relief from the intensity, soothing the grief coiled tight inside. And then joy slips in as well, surfacing in fresh love and purpose for our wonderful heroine, but sorrow is never too far behind in tribute to the tragedy that brought us all here, a deadly, flourishing seedling that began in Delirium's end.

We remember being sick and angry, hurt swelling in staggering, destructive tsunamis at our core for the shattering final moments of Delirium, so we are rightfully wary of what flavors we'll taste in this next chapter of Lena's life. Will we find sweetness, bitterness, sourness, saltiness or a combination of the lot? Will we be able to bear savoring the journey that brought Lena to the present and the one that helped her escape the past without fighting the urge to toss Pandemonium across the room? Reasonable questions that instigate the darkest thoughts of our minds, projecting images of the horrors that could potentially unfold, though we attempt to ignore the warnings.

Alternating between chapters of then and now, we are privy to Lena's rebirth, like watching a snake shedding its old skin, the new skin vulnerable at first, then toughening over time. Even after all her loss and hurt, however, Lena never drifts away, the person she is refusing to flee and leave behind an empty, impenetrable shell incapable of anything light and beautiful. Instead she takes her pain, her anger, her needs and morphs them into the driving force that brings her to where she is today. Pushing away her old life, burying the blockage of dark memories, and shifting into a stronger girl, Lena now embodies what it means to survive—the hard voyage and the end result. The plot never suffers for all the switching to and fro Pandemonium does; it serves as the perfect frustration, wonderful, trying, and inescapable. The story veers and flies and trips, catching on a heartwrenching moment at just the right time, pinwheeling into an emotional freefall and sucking us down with it as it drops.

Questions, questions, questions, beating, beating, in our heads, on our hearts, breathing all over every turn of the story. And the romance: revival, a new breath, a desirous need, happiness after wallowing in the forever black of our—ours and Lena's—shared sorrow. We fall in love anew, unable to compare two stories, two souls, two Lenas because they're both so lovely, delivering different feelings, tearing us in jagged bewildered halves. Bleeding, always bleeding, for Lena, for extra characters essential to her life, for the ones in her past that have no place in the now. For devastating choices, heart-numbing deaths, the emotionless herd of civilians that can't care, zombies that don't eat flesh but the love of their children, the untouched youth, the dying and deformed, the incurables.

Lauren's words, so fragile and flowing in a hardened world, with heartless people, are throbbing feelings that seep in and find room in our stuffed, close-to-brimming hearts. The importance of this fight for love, for choices and freedom, so profound in the stories of each new person we 'meet,' in relationships just formed. Hearts battered, souls weary, expressions seemingly immune to shock now, hope lifted, we stumble into the ending and shock once again takes us, punches us, pushes us to our knees, because the unthinkable drains us of thought, breath, and heartbeats.

Once, Lauren Oliver damaged us in Delirium, not quite destroying, but with those final sentences in Pandemonium, she masterfully wields a dagger of distress and impact, targets what's left of us, and becomes the perfect murderer.

Originally posted at Paranormal Indulgence, 3/6/12
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I tried, in vain, to think of which one suited best, but they all seemed inadequate. God, how do I even... I'm still IN SHOCK, so consuming and crushing that I don't know what to do with myself. I'd heard countless times that this book is so different from where Oliver first hooked us in Delirium, but I didn't believe the impact would be so astounding. New Lena, tears, death, life, joy, Julian, Alex, and A CLIFFHANGER ENDING THAT IS UNFATHOMABLE. I feel like a sob is going to break out of me at any moment. Requiem, the third book, is like a distant dream, one where my hope is—perhaps foolishly—staked.
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Pandemonium (A Room with Books review)
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I’m sure by now you’ve probably read quite a few reviews for Pandemonium that go something like this “I couldn’t possibly put my feelings for this book into words” or “What in the world just happened?!” And that pretty much sums it up. I’m not going to write my usual review for this one since I feel like basically anything I say would be a spoiler, but I will say that Lauren Oliver has written a solid sequel.

Everything about Pandemonium is a journey. There’s literal journeys and emotional journeys and every last one of them are spectacular. Almost everything feels entirely real, like it actually could’ve happened on its own without too much luck.

It did feel a little stagnant at some parts, but I know that it can’t always be about action and life-risking.
The Nutshell: Pandemonium is a fantastic sequel that is likely to satisfy (at least for the duration of the book) lovers of Delirium.
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Cliff Hanging!
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Could do without the crazy cliff hangers
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Warning: Ready to shoot myself over this cliff hanger! So if this review is a little rambly (Yes making up my own word here) please don’t take it out on me. I’ve just finished reading so I’m still getting over the book =)

As you all know Pandemonium is the companion novel to the one and only Delirium. Which I hope you also all know that I liked it I’m just not a fan of these huge cliff hangers! So anyway the story is Love is illegal. If you fall in love your diagnosed with Deliria and basically if you get it they cure you but if they believe it’s gone to deep they lock you up. Lena the main character of course in the beginning is following the rules and is going about getting her cure but then she meets Alex whom she falls in love with and that is where I stop telling you about the story if you want to know more go read it!

Lena is a really cool character because at first she’s not a rebel at all. She’s scared of not following the rules and getting in trouble because of what happened to her mother. But she does over come her fears and fall in love which I’m glad about because everyone deserves to fall in love at least once because it truly is an amazing feeling.

Now let me say what happened in this book I was so not ready for. But it wasn’t totally hard to handle until the end which I can’t talk about because I can’t spoil it, but one of the things that I really liked about Pandemonium is all of the new characters. The big ones in particular are Raven she is the mother basically in the story she takes care of Lena when she’s sick and hurt and gives her a place to sleep and be when she needs it the most. Raven basically gives Lena a whole new family.

Next up we have Tack who we don’t see a whole lot of but after they break apart from the other half of the group he Is the one that stays with Raven & Lena. He’s sort of the hard headed guy who just wants to take care of his friends well family. We don’t find out much about his past but I feel like he must have had a lot of heart break for him to be like that. I think it would be really interesting to have a little side story about Raven & Tack just like Lauren did one for Hana because I feel like there’s something more to the two of their characters.

Lastly the character that I didn’t want to but I fell in love with is Julian. Now love is banned through out the whole book and the point is that Lena is falling in love anyways but this love is different because she’s falling in love with the other side all most and I’m not going to elaborate on that again because of spoilers but I think you get the point. Julian is this sweet guy whose had a really rough life and he just wants to be left alone he doesn’t want to risk his life with surgery anymore he doesn’t want to hate his dad anymore he just wants to be normal and I have to say I think Julian deserves it because even though he’s supposed to be on the other side he still understands Lena’s side.

Overall I give Pandemonium 4.5 out of 5 stars and the reasoning for that is because I can’t get over these crazy cliffhangers because it just brings the end of the story down for me. The only good thing about it is that I need to get my hands on the next book now!
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Pandemonium is a must read for 2012!
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I loved how different this book was from the first book in the series, Delirium! It was completely unexpected and completely opposite of the first book!

Lena is in the Wilds all by herself. Alex is gone and Lena has no idea what happened to him. Well, she may have an idea but she doesn't want to think about it. She is hurt and struggling in the cruel outside world until Raven finds her and takes her to the Homestead. There Lena gets well and meets other Invalids. There, Lena becomes part of the resistance.

Lena is much harder in this book. She is angry too. Angry at her mom, angry at Alex, angry at the Regulators. This makes her a much more interesting character. I really connected with her in this book instead of the weak and wimpy Lena of the last book.

Lena is told she must watch Julian Fineman, the son of the DFA leader, Thomas Fineman. Julian hasn't had the cure yet due to an illness but is going to do it at the upcoming rally. Lena is told to watch him during the rally no matter what and she does. However, this leads to her kidnapping.

Throughout the book we are with Lena and Julian as they are first held hostage by the Scavengers, then escape and flee through the tunnels and finally towards the end where I won't say anything else to avoid spoilers. Through the book, their relationship grows and while Lena doesn't forget Alex, she comes to have feelings for Julian.

I thought Pandemonium had a lot more action that Delirium. It was more on edge and suspensful. I read the last 200 pages in one day because I simply couldn't put it down. I loved the relationship between Lena and Raven and Lena and Julian. Their characters were all well-developed and I could connect to each one of them.

The book takes you back and forth from the present to "then" when Lena is with Raven and the group. "Then" consists of their time at the first homestead and then their trek to the next homestead. It leaves a lot left unanswered though like how do Lena, Raven and Tack get back into New York and infiltrate the Regulator's world. However, I am hoping maybe that the third (and last) book will go into this a little more. This is my only very small complaint!

The ending leaves you screaming for more! I won't divulge what happens but as soon as Book 3 is out, I am reading it to find out how Lena is going to get herself out of this mess!
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Push, push, push.
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On the brink of death, crawling through the dirt on her hands and knees, Lena has lost everything. Alex was dead, she saw them kill him, the red blooming over his shirt. Just as she is about to die, Raven, an Invalid, saves her. They nurse her back to health and teach her the ways of the Wild.She pushes the thought of Alex and the rest of her past life away, push, push, push. The old Lena is dead, the new Lena has just been born.

Pandemonium is written in two different times, then and now. Then as in the days just after Alex's death. Now as what she is now and her new self. The way this book is written is quite interesting as while she is living her life in New York she flashes back to the past where she was being reborn in to what she is now.

This book is way more exciting yet it feels lonely without Alex and Julian can't fill all of this space. This book is full of hardships, resisting, forgetting the past and living in the now. The past is dead, there is only now and the future.
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I wince involuntarily. . . =)
(Updated: May 28, 2012)
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This is a book worth reading and re-reading. . . It has caught me completely with its charm. . . I salute Oliver for this tremendous book. . .
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Pandemoniun. .. is the sequel of Oliver's book Delirium. . . When Delirium left me in a cliff hanging ending as to Alex's death I was so desperate to get my hands on Pandemonium. . . and found Pandemonium. .. utterly brilliant. . . The way Lena pushes her thoughts from her old life to her new one in the wilds. . . I felt her pain. . . the agony in her heart. . . It was spectacular. . . I wince involuntarily. . . not every writer can do that to a reader. . . and that's what makes Oliver so special and the Delirium Trilogy. . . If Delirium left you in a cliff hanging situation. . . wait till you finish Pandemonium and feel yourself plunge into an abyss of curiosity of what comes next. . .
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Pandemonium left me craving for more!
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Oh. My. God! This book is awesome!
1. The characters developed a lot. There were new characters, and old ones disappeared... Sometimes I missed them, it seemed like I wasn't reading Delirium #2 but Pandemonium #1... Still, the new characters were as good as the 'old' characters.
2. The story was great. It was told in Now-Then style. I had to get used to that, because you were reading 2 stories at once, but once I got used to it, it was easy to read, and it kept the stories interesting.
3. The writing style is great. In all of Oliver's books you can see that her writing style is great. It's easy to read, but it doesn't make you feel like you're reading a MG book. There weren't lots of mistakes and editing errors it in, which was super because they always keep on annoying me...
4. The ending is torture! I need to read Requiem NOW! This is the worst type of cliffhanger, the time I have to wait is so long. I might need to invent a time machine...
5. the cover is gorgeous! It represents the book very well. But I can't really explain it, because that'd be too spoilery
6. page was superb! It wasn't too quick so I did not have to re-read parts of the book, but it wasn't too slow either.


It's not easy to find a book you love as much as this one! A page-turner filled with romance, action, friendship and lots of problems.

I will stop reviewing this book right now, because I just can't really tell you about it without spoiling... *sigh*
Go read this book now. It's worth your time!!
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Better than the first
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I can't wait for the third installment!
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This is one of my favorite dystopian books. I thought it was really interesting and creative the format of the book. The chapters alternated between events that happened "Now" and "Then". "Then" was the time right after Adam's death and her escape, and "Now" was the new version of herself and the new life she created. While it may have been slightly confusing in the beginning, I thought that after just two or three chapters, I had gotten into the pattern and seriously enjoyed it.

The character development and the new Lena were so much better than "Delirium". I feel like she was a lot stronger and independent in the book, which made me like her so much more. The side characters were also very likable, with more dimension than meets the eye.

The description of the novel sounded very depressing and heart-rending, but then when I started reading it, I realized that it was more empowering than anything else. I felt proud for Lena, and I just loved everything she was doing. I agreed with most of her actions and thoughts, and I thought that the way she thought about and missed Alex was just the ideal amount. I wasn't annoyed that maybe she wasn't worrying about him enough, or that she was thinking about him TOO much. It was just the perfect degree. There was the best combination of action, suspense and romance that was extremely thrilling.

The plot was fantastic, unbelievably exciting, and unlike the first novel, there was actually a main conflict and twisting, unexpected roads. I had anticipated the ending, the sort of conclusion I hoped for and wished extremely hard that it occurred - AND IT DID!

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Better than expected!
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I really enjoyed this book. It was completely different from the first. I liked how it was written, it allowed the reader to watch the character grow without any of the boring stuff. The END!!!!! Omg the end has left me dying for more! If you loved the first one, this is better and I'm sure the book after this will be even better. I can't wait to read it!
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A lot of story packed into one book.
The whole thing.
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Missing Alex
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With the NEW Lena comes new adventure. This books turned me on my head and tugged at my heart. Literally making my heart race during times I thought she was going to meet her mother. I cried when people were lost and I laughed during the few happy times that surfaced during the time of Pandemonium.
I grew close to many of the new characters and have downloaded the new eBook of Hana. I miss her as a BFF too. Lauren Oliver has brought out so many different emotions in me throughout Delirium and Pandemonium, that is rarely done.
I will be on the edge of my seat waiting the third installment.
Good Points
The two points of time was great at filling in the gaps while telling the new story where the real drama kicks in. The new characters pick up where the old characters leave off, keeping everyone flowing.
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