“Now I'm done this book and am asking myself if there is going to be more? I really hope so. Now that there is a triangle of sorts, I want to know how that will play out.
Another beautifully written story by Lauren. Taking readers on a deep journey through a world that is not so far fetched, but imaginable enough to steal your interests.
I like Lena even more in this book than the first. I just wish she would learn to trust herself more. Maybe in book 3 she will have that self-confidence.
This is definitely a series I am still recommending to readers, but make sure to start with Delirium.”
“The exciting sequel to Delirium - find out what happens to Lena in her new life.”R M wrote this review Tuesday, March 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book! :D”KRisteL N wrote this review Sunday, March 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“36 hours ago I finished Delirium - and after restraining myself from throwing the book out the window in frustration, I moved immediately onto Pandemonium. I don't often move straight to the next book, I like to let the one I've just finished 'settle' a little, but in this case I just couldn't help myself - I HAD to know what happened next.
I tore through Pandemonium in less than 24 hours - partly because it was a good book but also because I started with a sneaking suspicion that I knew what was going to happen at the end - and I was right. Anyway, enough of my gloating about my guessing prowess, here are my thoughts on Pandemonium.
Told in alternating 'Then' and 'Now' chapters, Pandemonium focuses on Lena just after escaping to the wilds, and six months later. I'm not the biggest fan of alternating time-frames by chapter, but it's done pretty well through Pandemonium - it's clearly delineated so there's no confusion, although towards the end of the book the chapters do get quite short for while as the story starts to really heat up.
There is a lot more world-building in Pandemonium, expanding upon some parts of society and introducing some that were not even mentioned in Delirium and making the Wilds a more tangible, imaginable place with kick-ass new characters (loved Raven - that girl scared me!).
Lena has certainly toughened up as a character in the 'Now', and the 'Then' explains the situations she has been through in the Wilds that have caused her to grow some serious balls. There is a new male character (of course), but he came across to me as a bit of a whingy little boy - I didn't find him nearly as solid or likeable as Alex.
The second book in a trilogy is always a toughie - the first book has a lot to tell and the final book wraps everything up, but the second book is sometimes considered 'filler' - and Pandemonium, for the most part, manages to avoid the 'filler' tag. Lauren Oliver, as always, writes well and builds excellent tension, with some heartbreaking, heart-stopping moments thrown in for good measure.
As I said earlier, I'd already guessed the 'cliffhanger' well before I got there, so I didn't have book murdering thoughts when I got there, but if you aren't expecting it I can certainly see why you would want to drop-kick that bad boy into next week! I will be anticipating the third book (in 2013!), but it's not going to kill me waiting for it.
Overall, I really enjoyed Pandemonium, even more so than Delirium. The world-building is stronger, the action is more, well, action-ey and I loved the transformation of Lena. If you were a little disappointed by Delirium because it moved slowly or Lena wasn't the most likeable character, you should still give Pandemonium a try - it might surprise you!”
“WoW!!!!. . . .This book is a really stong for being a sequel and had me reading with such curiosity i seriously couldn't stop. I am so happy with the book but sad that i have to wait so long before the next book cames out. . .”Kjmonkey wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The first time I read this book, I hated Julian. I thought he acted selfish, like a baby, and just all around annoying. But a year later, rereading it, I learned to love him and enjoyed Pandemonium much more than I had the first time around. Alex will always be my number one choice for Lena, but Julian is a nice guy too.
And as always, Lauren Oliver's writing is absolutely beautiful and makes you connect with the characters she writes about. ”
“Liked it! I didn't expect the story to go in that direction but it was good. I am excited to see what happens in the next book. Love the awkward scene at the end. ”Allison J wrote this review Tuesday, March 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yeah, I didn't like it. It was so far from what the last book was, I missed Hanna and I felt like I'd stepped into a different series. I mean, even some consistency would be nice? I mean yes it was still Lena, and yes there was still the Delirium Laws. But there were different rules to be broken and different consequences, not to mention the whole re-shuffling of co-characters.
I mean that is a risky move, one, that in my head did not pay off. I mean just sticking with the one character: Lena, from the first book, a girl whom, to begin with I didn't particularly like.
And then there is that whole romance with the Julian kid, and I say kid because thats how I feel he was portrayed. It was just silly, I didn't feel the chemistry, the room didn't crackle with intensity as you can tell it does in other books. I was just not feeling it.
But I feel that in this world I would have been more of a FIGHT FOR MATERNAL LOVE or KINSHIP LOVE kind of person, you know? I would have loved to explore relationships like, siblings, sibling love can be very strong, heck even relatives. I would have loved to explore the Grace/Lena relationship or you know, given her a sibling that she doesn't want to split from.
Those sorts of bonds can be very serious from a young age, and they're believable, but that 'true love' stuff, that sort of deliberation 'WE WILL BE TOGETHER FOREVER' at seventeen? Really? I just found it highly unlikely, in any scenario.”
“Oh my gawd!!! This book was amazing!! I love this ....the last few paragraphs from the book were soo good....why does lauren oliver have to make cliff hangers!? Anyway I can't wait intill the book come out next year... I love these...I just finished the book and I'm still shocked about what I just finished. I can't believe this...the whole story kept you reading....omg this was soooo good... I LOVE YOU LAUREN OLIVER[3”Claudia wrote this review Tuesday, May 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No