“Leaving Alex behind was the hardest thing she ever had to do. She was not sure how she could go on without him and indeed she almost doesn't, more then willing to join him in death when her first few days in the wilds leave her starved, exhausted and on the very brink of death. However it is Raven who finds her, Raven who saves her, and Raven who gives her a new life.
She is starting again, in a new school within the protected boundaries of the city, only this time she is starting as someone else, the procedural mark on her neck to prove it. She is the new cured version of herself and she is on a mission. With the demonstration in the city rumoured to be hijacked by invalids, scavengers, Lena is forced to fight to protect all that she believes in.
Pandemonium and chaos ensue as lives are ripped apart. Hardships are born to those on both sides of the fence and despite best intentions, someone is going to get hurt. A story that flips from one side of the fence to the other, a telling of what is happening now, and what went on then. An absorbing and exciting follow-up to Delirium.”
“See my review here: http://geobobspinelli.blogspot.com/2012/03/review-pandemonium-by-lauren-oliver.html”Geo (Jessi) wrote this review Saturday, March 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing follow-up book to Delirium. Difficult to read at times (I almost cried once or twice) and very touching on the difficulties of life outside of a known society. I grew a bit angry with the way it ended because I hate the feeling of being lied to by those you trust the most (especially in a situation when you have trusted them with your life for months on end). The last couple of pages also threw me for a loop, even though I was expecting it at some point! I hope the third book can resolve the story line without the trite use of a love-triangle (which I personally despise). But then again, I suppose love and hate are difficult things to understand and manage for people raised in a society that fears emotion. ”Jac wrote this review Saturday, March 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this book , even more than the first , fell in love with Julian and an exciting cliffhanger , can't wait for the next book ! ”Jackie F wrote this review Saturday, March 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As per usual, the sequel paled in comparison to the first one. That being said, it never lacked for action and I really enjoyed the plot line. It's told from two different time periods, one from when Lena has just left Portland and is surviving with fellow invalids, and another several months later when she and other characters have infiltrated Manhattan to become part of the resistance movement. I liked that style because it covered a lot of plot points and a long time period in a relatively short amount, but I feel like Oliver left some details out. And again, I sort of think Lena falls in love way too fast, but that's just me.
And maybe I missed this memo, but for some reason I thought this was the final book....nope nope nope! I was very mistaken. There has to be a third, although no idea when it is set to come out. Haven't googled it yet though. I'll definitely buy the third right when it comes out, this is a collection worth having if you are a fan of YA lit. ”
“Nice follow up to Delirium! Got a little lost at the beginning, but as you read on the plot gets better and better. There seems to be a loss for Lena's true feelings for Alex, as they switch to Julian. It gets hard to remember Alex, but that's okay in this trilogy. ”Brady wrote this review Friday, March 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'd give this 4.5 stars if I could. Not quite as beautiful as Delirium, but wonderful writing, nonetheless! Reading this made me remember an article I read about YA fiction these days, how these books are written to be very much in the "here and now". This book is such a perfect, and elegant, example of just that. Everything Lena goes through, the reader goes through, and Oliver does a very good job with that. Perfect escapism, but it isn't really escapist, considering the kinds of books, teen dystopian novels are coming up very much in the tradition of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: this is a warning of what we, as a global society could be headed for, and we need to take heed...
Sorry to get so serious there--this was a great book, and I cannot wait for the sequel!”
“In my opinion, this is just as good as the Hunger Games, minus the really depressive endings.
Book 2 takes off with Lena making it into the Wilds, minus one very important companion. This one goes back in forth in time of the few months she is out of the contained city. We are involved with different settings- the Wilds, the City the Underground. Clues are coming together and there is a revolt brewing. Book 3 is sure to be equally asexciting and the only downer is waiting another year!”
“Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver is an easy read that is hard to put down. Pandemonium follows Lena through her transformation after heading into the wilds and becoming an Invalid. Switching from then and now, Oliver shows Lena's struggles to shed her past and move on with her life after leaving her home after contracting the forbidden disease, love. Pandemonium is well written and filled with suspense that keeps the reader intrigued throughout. Despite its suspense, some portions of the book are easily predictable which takes away from the ending a little bit. This novel seems most appropriate for high school readers with its easy to understand vocabulary and with the point of view coming from a teenager. With its strong descriptions, Pandemonium successfully makes the reader feel as though they truly are walking in Lena’s shoes which overall enhances the writing. Being the second book in a trilogy, Pandemonium lives up to expectations and creates a strong anticipation for the third and final book. ”Rebecca Selby wrote this review Thursday, March 29, 2012. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is predictable, simple, and slow in the beginning, but as it gets going it improves. The book, just like its predecessor, has a very dramatic ending that will leave you wanting more. I think that although some improvements could have been made it was still thrilling enough for me to have enjoyed it.”Kelsey C wrote this review Thursday, March 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No