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.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times best seller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
©2012 Laura Schechter (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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.
This book was a little slow at first and to be completely honest i ALMOST gave up. I'm SO glad i didn't! It got SOOOO good! I was excited & stressed about the characters but about 3 hours in I was completely over taken by the book and once again i was sucked in & couldn't stop listening! I had to listen to the last 5 minutes like 3 times!
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.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
Fast paced, full of action, interesting new characters,lots of twists. I'm looking forward to the the last book in this trilogy.
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.
Heartbreaking, optimistic, emotional
When she realized she was alone. She had no one. Everyone that she really loved had been taken from her one way or another. It was gut wrenching.
It was definiltey Alex in Delirium but in this one it had to be Lena. She did an amazing job at transforming the character throughout her hardships and growth out in the Wilds.
I cried. I cried big.
I loved this one. It felt a lot faster than the first book in the series. I've already bought the final book but am scared to listen after the bombshell cliffhanger they left us with on this one.
Sarah Drew does a wonderful job as a narrator, but it's difficult to make an incredibly dull book with minimal depth interesting or engaging. There is no doubt in my mind that I would have been unable to finish reading the print copy of this book; listening to the Drew's performance made the experience passable.
By the time I completed this book, I was frustrated by the idea that I'd given up my time to a completely unnecessary novel. There was absolutely no point in this book except to create a third side to a love triangle. Honestly, this entire book was centered around the main character meeting another boy for whom she develops a crush in order to complicate her romantic feelings toward her love interest from the previous book. Absolutely no question in my mind that this books serves as a filler and does not progress the story in a way to justify it's own separate publication.
I severely disliked this book. It's a filler book and very little happens to add to the overall plot, character development or world-building that could not have been accomplished in the first and third book. The audiofile I listened to was about eight hours, eight long boring hours spent on poorly establishing the other side of a love triangle. Yes, the shift between past and present made the writing more interesting, but this does little when the plot is irreparably dull. Like the first book, there was potential for certain themes and emotions (different from the first) to deeply explore in this book, and it never happens. I found this book tedious, and I've continued onto the third not because I like the plot or characters, but because I want to see how far Oliver explores ideas she introduced in the first book, although my faith that she will has significantly diminished.
Wow, shocker. Never would have guessed. Save yourself the time on this series and just reread whatever dystopian young adult novel you finished last.
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