Sarah Drew as always was amazing. I can't imagine anyone else narrating Lauren Oliver's books. She really breathes life into the characters and forces you to experience all the emotions on the page. Ms. Oliver's writing was again incredibly beautiful and poetic and her character development never lacked even though this installment was so much more action packed than Delerium.
Some mild spoilers...What I enjoyed most about this story was watching Lena change and adapt to her new life in the wilds. She's gone from a naive and scared girl to a fierce and brave woman over the course of these two novels. I also enjoyed...I can't believe I'm saying this, the drama created by the new boy in her life. I wanted to hate him, when I saw this was the direction the story was going in, but found it was surprisingly hard to do.
Yes. She is one of my top five favorite narrators and again she was spot on and helped me to experience this book in a way I don't think reading it alone would have.
Honestly, there were too many to mention. I think my favorite part of any Lauren Oliver book are her descriptions and poetic prose.
A great sequel to the first novel which was one of my favorite books of 2011. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment. If you haven't read Delerium, I highly reccomend you do so and stat. Then follow up with Pandemonium and be yearning for the next one.
Firearms instructor with a passion for great listens.
I like to wait a few years between listens, but I am sure I will be listening to this book again eventually. Great performance by Sarah Drew (as always) paired with an action packed story line and beautiful writing method by Lauren Oliver make
The ending was probably the most memorable moment. Just as she did with Delerium, Lauren Oliver finished strong and poetic.
There was a line in the book, when Lauren Oliver referred to Raven as being pieces scattered everywhere, and one of those pieces being a skeleton ship. This was one of the most beautiful moments in the book.
I'm usually a little disappointed in sequals. However, this one did not let me down. I found Pandemonium to be even more engaging and entertaining then Delerium. This is saying alot considering Delerium is one of my all time favorite books.
While I liked the storyline of Delirium better than Pandemonium, I loved the timeshift perspective of Pandemonium soooo much better. I felt like I was watching a movie as I was listening to the narration. The flashbacks were perfectly placed and allowed a double-climax as the story progressed.
I feel like If I comment on what I actually would like to say, that I'll give an important spoiler away, so I'm going to keep this next part short. OMG, the ending is killing me!!!!!! Even though I knew in the back of my mind that it was coming, I was still completely shocked!!!!
Also, brace yourself for a lot of heartbreak in this sequel. It's quite an emotional rollercoaster. If you've listened to Delirium, you know exactly why Pandemonium is quite depressing.
Another issue is that I found this book quite predictable. The author tries to foreshadow what is going to happen, but it's not really subtle at all. Anyone with intelligence already knows what to conclude from the obvious hints the author drops.
Despite my dissapointment in the obvious direction of the story, I still think it was beautifully written and I still enjoyed listening as the story was unfolding.
I heard book 3 won't be out until Spring 2013. You WILL feel like a tortured soul if you finish this book and have to wait a year for the final installment.
Pandemonium picks up right where Delirium ends in the aftermath of Lena making it to the Wilds, with Alex presumably left behind and killed. This book is composed as a series of flashbacks of her life in the Wilds and her present time as an active part of the Resistance.
I loved the way the author used the THEN and the NOW in alternate chapters to show how past happenings led up to present day events and characters. This was an audio version of the book and the narrator did an excellent job. Her voice and tempo were perfect and never once left me cringing (like some other narrators who shall remain nameless). Although this book revealed many secrets and the ending left me breathless I fear I will have to wait a long time for the next installment in the Delirium Series because this one was just released and I can’t wait. I know authors hear this complaint all the time, but why can’t they write faster? That’s how good this book is.
If you’re looking for another series to read and you like Young Adult material you really should try this one and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Yes I would recommend this book because the storyline is still very strong just like the first book.
I liked how the main character and the whole environment changes.
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
Lauren Oliver knows your going to be on edge to see what happened to Lena and Alex. Instead of giving it to you in one big dose, she makes you sit and listen as Lena's adventures jump from the present to the past. From then when she first got over the wall to now.
It might be hard at first to hang in there because really, it's your unending desire to get to the point that makes you want her to just tell you, but you learn about the life she has endured after crossing the wall. It's not a book that picks up right as she enters the wilds, but is almost a year down the road and how she has survived with the death of Alex. How she must go on without him.
But then there is Julian, a new character who can't be cured and wants to be until a set of events pair Lena and Julian together. Without her knowledge Lena is used as a pawn in a game of politics. She leaves one society only to be caught up in another that is full of fight , war and survival. Just as hard as the world she left. But she is free, she is uncured. Her choices are her own and she is free to love again.
Pandemonium is an excellent follow up to Delirium. I jumped from one book to the next, I am so happy the complete series is out because I get to finish the whole series in one week.
Loved this book. Lauren Oliver did it again! Lena your killing me. I feel for her so much. Her struggle between a love she has lost and one that can possibly be. On top of her personal love issues there is the threat of the government trying to rid society of the "invalids" and the "wilds". The fight for the freedom to choose love and ones future pushes forward. New characters to feel for, struggles and heartache, and, of course, another cliffhanger is what you are in for in this installment. Sarah Drew, again, has done an awesome job with narration!
I was a little thrown off by the "Then" and "Now" switch from chapter to chapter but quickly caught on. I really liked how Oliver had both time frames coincide with each other, then meet up in the end and finish off in the present. It was a smart way to keep up the pace of Lena's story through out the book. What can i say? Awsome book! Loved it!
Just what I needed in the second book - a bit more action with a faster pace... and I got it. I liked how the story was told backwards and forwards - a bit of now, a bit of then, a bit of now... and in the end it all came together. Speaking of the ending (no spoilers)... I love a book that ENDS but still leaves me excited for the next book and that's what this one accomplished. It had a definite, resolution oriented, ending but I've already downloaded Book 3, Requiem and will start it tonight. I care about these characters... and can't wait to see what Lauren Oliver has in store for them. As for narration, Sarah Drew could not have done a better job. Superior narration!
Yes. The story was well crafted and the performance was the best of any audiobook i've heard.
Delirium, its predecessor, as the entire trilogy is well done.
Yes, the previous two in this trilogy, which are also great.
Off the top of my head, "how far would you go to have the right to choose, even if you choose the wrong thing?"
I thought it was a wonderful performance and trilogy. Well done!