I liked the story line and the way the author gave the main character strenght and courage to go forward when everything seemed lost.
I liked that Lena was able to pick up the pieces of her life and build a new life for herself without giving up her identity.
Love, love, love this book. I loved the new characters specially Raven and Julian. I can't wait to read the next one.
I think of the 2 audio books i have already bought I would rank this as the best.
I loved the ending the most. It was unexpected and kind of bittersweet (since the last book doesn't come out until 2013)
Lena, of course. I also really like Julian Fineman.
I was enthralled with the first book in this trilogy, Delirium. The intensity of living in the city with prying eyes always on the main character, Lena, and the forbidden love of the couple adds a layer to the story that's hard to top. Pandemonium was good, but just not AS good as the first. The story line changes so drastically because of the change in scenery and Alex getting shot at the end of the first book. Lena, too, changes in so many ways that she's hardly the same girl from Delirium. Although that may have been true to Lena's journey, it was a disapointment for me. I was hoping for the next chapter in Lena's story but instead, read a book about an entirely different girl. I was super dissapointed that she didn't spend more time mourning Alex or searching for his family in the wilds he introduced her to on their first trip out. Despite these criticisms, I did enjoy the book - the writing is still excellent and the narrator is superb. I'm excitedly looking forward to the final book, whenever that comes out. Also, (no spoilers) but I saw the ending coming and was dissapointed that Lena didn't.
It never stopped, and it was even better than the first book. It was just captivating.
Did I mention that it's better than the first one? I just loved it. I highly recommend this series. The first book was a little more young adult-ish. This one is for all ages and captivating for anyone who can read.
This is the second book. Read the first and immediately downloaded the second. Now the long long wait for the third.
Even better than the first!!
Lauren Oliver writes with absolutely lovely prose. Many descriptions she uses to describe the Wilds are beautiful.
Within the storyline, well the ending completely floored me (even though I KNEW it was coming!!)
A lot of people hate love triangles when it comes to YA novels and that seems to be the most common criticism of this novel so far. For most books, I typically feel the same way about love triangles. But, in my opinion, Lauren Oliver does a brilliant job of describing the Alex/Julian/Lena love triangle. It's been a couple of months since I have read Delirium, so the Alex idea was a little rusty to me and therefore I was open to the idea of Julian. Now, I have no idea who I would choose. They both seem amazing and I look forward to seeing how things work out in the third book.
What I appreciate most about this love triangle aspect is that it is very realistic. I tire of the stereotypical "soul mate" romances that seem to be common with YA novels these days. In this world of illegal love, I feel like Lauren Oliver does a great job of capturing all aspects of love and their conflicts, including parental love and love triangles. And the thing about love in reality is that soul mates are very hard to come by. I don't like thinking of soul mates as impossible, but c'mon that's a 1 out of 6 billion chance! So I really appreciate how much Lena loves both Alex and Julian. Love isn't easy and Lauren Oliver is doing an excellent job of making that clear. And I cannot wait to read more!!
I don't care for Sarah Drew's voice, but I think it matches Lena's character very well.
Very similar to Ally Condie's 'Matched' series.
Usually, the second book of a trilogy is weak and more of a filler for the third book. Pandemonium is an exception. I think I like it better than Delirium. It picks up right where Delirium left off. I liked the format which went back and forth from Then (where it tells what happened to Lena after she ran) and Now (where it tells about Lena working as a resistance fighter.) I don't want to spoil it but it had some really great cliffhangers. If you've listened to Delirium and liked it, you will love Pandemonium! The only thing that bugged me was the narrators' pronunciation of Hana's name was different than in the first book.
Again, the narrator takes away from good writing
Most: the story line becomes more complicated and the ending is great. Least: can't think of a least... This book progressed nicely from the first book and left you wanting to know the conclusion.
Still not entirely pleased.
Absolutely - this author has a good feel for building a story - I look forward to her writing of the climax and conclusion.
It seems the narrator lost some of her earlier emoting as she did in Delerium. However, she has a long ways to go before she has the ability to effectively describe suspense or emotions without seeming to be emotional herself... In my humble view, a good writer ad especially a good narrator unobtrusively leads the reader to discover emotions within themselves.
Yes, but I didn't think I would at first. The storyline surrounding Lena in the wilds after the loss of Alex at the fence in the first book felt overly detailed and kind of dragged in places. However, it was a lot of good character development when I look back on it now and a lot of setup for the
I would compare this book to Matched. The dystopian society's had close to the same ideals. Girl chooses to follow her own path instead of the plan that society has set for her.
My favorite? There were a few that I don't want to spoil things by divulging. However, I felt the last hour or so of the book was probably the best.
Definitely looking forward to the third book in this trilogy.