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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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    Mary AUSTIN, TX, United States 05-29-12
    Mary AUSTIN, TX, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "FANTASTIC"
    If you could sum up Pandemonium in three words, what would they be?

    Even better than the first!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pandemonium?

    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!!)


    Any additional comments?

    *SPOILERS*

    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!!

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    Mcmenace23 CT, USA 05-22-12
    Mcmenace23 CT, USA 05-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as Delerium"
    Which character – as performed by Sarah Drew – was your favorite?

    I don't care for Sarah Drew's voice, but I think it matches Lena's character very well.


    Any additional comments?

    Very similar to Ally Condie's 'Matched' series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie KIRKLAND, WA, United States 04-26-12
    Leslie KIRKLAND, WA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Even better than the first!"
    Where does Pandemonium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top 3 series. I would put the Hunger Games series as first, Divergent as second (book two has yet to be released), and the Delirium trilogy as third (book 3 has yet to be released).


    What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think this series, and Lauren Oliver's book "Before I Fall" are all books that I reccomend in audiobook versions, instead of print. I have not read the print versions, but Sarah Drew delivers such a great performance that you are able to really feel the emotions of the characters the way the author intended. I think you really get the full experience of the character's personalities and emotional processes through Sarah Drew's performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really enjoyed the development of Lena in this book. Seeing her struggle and her strength is a refreshing change from her persona in the first book. her story is very emotionally moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much! I was actually wishing my daily commute was even longer so I could keep listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Syd Rineyville, KY, United States 04-22-12
    Syd Rineyville, KY, United States 04-22-12
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    "Good but not Great"

    First, I have to echo other reviewers and say that I LOVE Sarah Drew's narration. She is by far my favorite female narrator, and she does such a great job of bringing Oliver's wonderful descriptions to life.

    That being said, I wasn't completely won over by Pandemonium. Some things just seemed so forced.

    SPOILERS AHEAD

    The story itself was great, for the most part. The pacing was terrific. I enjoyed the "then" and "now" references and seeing how Lena survived in the Wild. There was a character death that had me weeping while driving. I even liked most of her interaction with Julian - the irony of her arguing with him over things she herself believed in not so long ago, etc.

    What I DID NOT like is the set up of a forced love triangle. UGH! Maybe it would have been more believable if Lena's undying love for Julian didn't seem to come out of thin air. I mean...sure she had feelings for him...and that is fine, but the way it ended...with her saying she'd be with him forever, etc. - that seemed so forced...only put there to set up the tension with the reappearance of Alex.

    Maybe I would have believed it more if we had more time with Lena and Julian at the end...in the Wild...before Alex's return. If we could see that Lena was trying to make a life with Julian, etc. THEN she would have been faced with the tough decision of her first love who helped open her eyes to the world vs. her new love who helped her learn to live in that new world.

    I LOVED Delirium and was so anxious to read this one but am barely looking forward to the next. I will listen to it, though, because I genuinely enjoy Oliver's writing style and Drew's narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 04-20-12
    Martha 04-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Second Book of Trilogy!"

    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.

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    Suze Victoria, BC, Canada 04-17-12
    Suze Victoria, BC, Canada 04-17-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Narrator Improves - Story Interesting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Again, the narrator takes away from good writing


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sarah Drew?

    Still not entirely pleased.


    Was Pandemonium worth the listening time?

    Absolutely - this author has a good feel for building a story - I look forward to her writing of the climax and conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Bay Area, California 04-11-12
    Kindle Customer Bay Area, California 04-11-12 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Ugh!!! Can't wait for book 3"

    This was just as good as the first book "Delirium". The ending will make you want to get the third installment. Very good story and narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hayley BURNSVILLE, MN, United States 03-06-12
    Hayley BURNSVILLE, MN, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Slow start into a cliffhanger"
    Would you listen to Pandemonium again? Why?

    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


    What other book might you compare Pandemonium to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A big..


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely looking forward to the third book in this trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria USA 02-27-14
    Maria USA 02-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "You can build an airy city out of ruins."

    After finishing PANDEMONIUM, I can definitely say -- Lauren Oliver knows how to leave you wanting more.

    PANDEMONIUM avoids the sophomore slump often seen in trilogies, and instead gives us some of the rich character development so much of DELIRIUM was lacking. Lena grows in leaps and bounds, from the timid, obedient girl we left in the first book to a fearless, fierce young woman ready to handle any obstacle. She was so much easier to root this way.

    I can't really describe much of the plot without giving up too many details, but the book is divided into "then and "now", alternating telling the story of Lena's transformation in the Wilds and her work for the resistance movement. I've seen this style done a lot worse; its easy for this narrative device to become clunky, but Oliver pulls it off quite skillfully.

    See the end of the review for my own plot device annoyance spoiler.

    Again: Sarah Drew killed it. Love her voice, her mix of innocence and strength. Glad she's doing Oliver's new book as well!!

    Pet peeve: This cover is so cheesy! This series deserves better. What is that plant? Why is it on the cover?

    SPOILER: I feel like its an unwritten rule in books, movies, tv shows, when someone dies but you don't actually see/read a description of their dead body, they're not actually dead. So Alex returning on the last page of PANDEMONIUM was not as shocking as it was intended to be. And as well know, if you write a YA dystopia/fantasy without a love triangle, did you ever really write it at all?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 07-23-13
    Heather 07-23-13 Member Since 2009

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.

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    "Picks up speed in the second half."

    The next installation in the Delirium series and I'm still really enjoying the story. The previous book ends with the possible death of the main character's love interest, which was brutal. I'm so lucky to not have to wait for the series to be written!

    I was somewhat frustrated by the first part of the book. The part where they are held as hostages felt drawn out. This author shines when faced with ambiance descriptions so a chunk of the book being inside a room wasn't that interesting. I understand that she was trying to show how the relationship between the two grows but I didn't feel it was that successful.

    The rest of the book pacing was excellent. I enjoyed the fast-paced escape scenes and the rescue scenes. I appreciate how she also puts in lulls in action to build characters. And once again she throws a real cliffhanger at the end. I would say the last half of the book was an absolutely five star, but the first half was a little boring.

    I can't rave enough about the audio book narrator, Sarah Drew, who has quite a notable list of audio book performances out there. She did an amazing job of doing the voices and anger and fear

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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