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Pandemonium | [Lauren Oliver]

Pandemonium

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 bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 03-09-12
    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't wait for the next one!"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gena 03-02-12
    Gena 03-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful. Poetic. Brave."
    What made the experience of listening to Pandemonium the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Drew’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Honestly, there were too many to mention. I think my favorite part of any Lauren Oliver book are her descriptions and poetic prose.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Grace WASHOUGAL, WA, United States 03-02-12
    Grace WASHOUGAL, WA, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Firearms instructor with a passion for great listens.

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    "The Perfect Sequal"
    Would you listen to Pandemonium again? Why?

    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pandemonium?

    The ending was probably the most memorable moment. Just as she did with Delerium, Lauren Oliver finished strong and poetic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 08-20-12
    Oli 08-20-12 Member Since 2015

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Better than the first one"

    Fast paced, full of action, interesting new characters,lots of twists. I'm looking forward to the the last book in this trilogy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 04-18-12
    Amanda 04-18-12
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    "Wonderfully written!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Lawton, OK, United States 04-03-12
    Bill Lawton, OK, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Picks up where Delirium left off -"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cassandra KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 07-30-15
    cassandra KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 07-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this series !"

    The narrator did such a fantastic job too! This series should have been a movie before Divergent , though I love both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K12mom 06-12-15
    K12mom 06-12-15 Member Since 2015

    I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.

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    "Book 2 - Bridging The Gap"

    Reviewing ongoing stories is difficult precisely because the stories are not meant to stand alone. Oliver bridges the gap between the beginning and the end of her tale perfectly just like she writes everything else. The suspense, the rich detail, and Drew as the powerful narrator that she is make this a favorite performance. ..until I finish listening to the 3rd book, Requiem.

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    mousehunter 06-04-15
    mousehunter 06-04-15
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    "Continuation of a great story..."

    If you haven't listened to Delirium (first book in three part series), then do yourself a favor and read it first, before Pandemonium. This is part 2 of a 3 part series.

    The narrator, Sarah Drew, is amazing and totally brings this story to life by her character voices and intonations. If nothing more, listen to this book for her. The author isn't half bad, either. LOL

    Lena is growing into adulthood in a terrible world where people don't like to "feel" things, unless they are infected with the disease of Love. The ragtag group that Lena hangs with becomes very close knit and as much of a family as they can be. Sometimes emotions run high, but satisfyingly meaty.

    Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi Akers 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story!"

    Love this story! And Sara Drew is an amazing narrator! Looking forward to the next book!

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