Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Source: Own
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Overview

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.


My Thoughts


After reading Delirium I was totally broken and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I was dying to read Pandemonium and see what happens to Lena, how she deals, if she is okay. It goes back and forth from then to now which is pretty neat. I was surprised to find that I was way more interested in the now. Every time it would go back to the past, I wanted to read faster to get back to what is currently happening. This book was a pool of emotions for me. Some parts are intense, some funny, others really sweet, and oh, the heartbreak!! Lauren Oliver knows how to rip your heart out, then patch it up and shove it back in, only to tear you apart again. After finishing this book I wanted to curl up into a little ball and just sob uncontrollably in a corner. I will say that I kind of expected that ending, but I didn't expect all the other emotions I developed through the book that would break me like that at the end.


Lena has changed. Of course we expected that. I actually liked the new Lena, though I think she was a bit on the intense side. I can understand though. She has no clue how to adjust to her new situation and she is suffering heart break. I loved her determination when she finally snapped out of her misery. She still definitely carries it with her, but it makes her stronger. I enjoyed her in the present seeing how smart and perceptive she has gotten. She is still brave too, I actually think much more because she has to be.

Now in New York working as part of the Resistance, Lena is on a mission. The only thing is, she doesn't know exactly what. She is given vague orders on what she needs to do, but doesn't know why or what it's all for. Things go pretty downhill for her for a while, but she is a fighter and somehow gets through it all. I liked the new characters, and how Lena was adapting and working in the new environment. There is a lot going on, and I can't really say much about it, but my goodness...I just, words really fail me. 


This book moves at a much faster pace than Delirium did and makes you need to keep reading. It is a completely different world than we saw in the first book and everything has changed. Just when you think that Lena may catch a break, BOOM something else happens. I ached for her, my emotions were running wild, I was flipping pages furiously needing to get through the book. I was also terrified to finish. I knew something big was coming at the end, that would leave me a complete mess. For days after I could not pull myself together. I just feel so torn!! My heart is ripped in half. I loved this more than Delirium and I am already going crazy needing Requiem right now! The ending is a major, major cliffhanger!! I didn't think a cliffhanger could be more of a killer than in Delirium, but man was I wrong!! 5 out of 5 stars!

9 comments:

  1. I know, right? The wait for Requiem will be even harder than the wait was for Pandemonium! I actually really loved the ending. I'm excited about it! :D I'll probably post my review tomorrow. Maybe. I'm still letting it all settle in. I wasn't a big fan of the now-then stuff. Like you I was rushing through the 'then' to get to the 'now'. Great review! I felt the same way you did - wanting to get the end, but not wanting to get to the end. :) Ugh... such a long wait now.

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    1. It was really done so well though. I think we really needed the "then" spots to take us back down a little. Could you imagine how much more wound up our emotions would have been without those little breaks.

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  2. Okay, I haven't read Delirium, so I'm not sure what's going on. I know everyone says this is a super intense read. With endings like these, I may need to wait until book three is out do I can read back-to-back. Great review!

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    1. Yeah, these books have serious cliffhangers, so if you don't like to wait after a cliffhanger I would just read the series once they are all out. I love cliffhangers, even if they do kill me lol!!

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  3. Eeep I totally have to read this series dude!!! I've heard of the cliffhangesr and secretly I love em bc they surprise you y'know!! Great review Amylicious!!

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    1. UMMM yeah!! You totally have to read this series. It's freaking awesome, and if you like cliffhangers, these are the best kind. They rip you apart and leave you needing more.

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  4. Delirium was one of my favorite books from last year. I bought pandemonium the week it came out but I still have not cracked it open. I am CHICKEN! I have read two follow ups this year that broke my heart because I just did not like them as much as the first books (Crossed and Fever). I am so freaked out that Pandemonium will disappoint!! Your review has made me worry a little less though, it sounds like you are really happy with it. Maybe I can get up the courage to read it this weekend! =)

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    1. This was an awesome sequel!! I still haven't read Fever lol! Crossed was quite a disappointment for me too!! I think you should definitely read Pandemonium if you have the time. It's heart breaking, but story wise, not as a let down.

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  5. I LOVE Delirium so I need to read this one. But I'm not looking forward when I'm finished and I have to wait months to read Requiem! Thanks for the amazing review, gad you enjoyed it :)

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