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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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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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    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.

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    Maria USA 02-27-14
    Maria USA 02-27-14
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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?

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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

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    S. covely Durham, NC USA 06-28-13
    S. covely Durham, NC USA 06-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An engaging sequel"

    This book is probably not going to win any awards, but it's entertaining, if a little predictable, and tugs on the heart strings maybe even more, and engages the reader better than the first. Sarah Drew's narration is high quality, although if you don't like her voice (and I know it has a vapid quality that some would find grating) be wary!

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    Alison 06-14-13
    Alison 06-14-13
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    "Great!"

    The sequel to Delerium was so good. I enjoy a good love triangle and this one was great. I also loved the characters that Lena makes a life with in the wilds. I loved trying to imagine what it would be like to be in their situation, and have to survive in a world like that.

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    marzie Roanoke, TX, United States 06-10-13
    marzie Roanoke, TX, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "good read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No it was very exciting and romantic.It was veryinteresting the way she developed her characters


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

    I liked how the relationships changed during course of story


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes narration very good


    Did Pandemonium inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Kevin Kennedy PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 02-18-13
    Kevin Kennedy PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 02-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I love all kinds of books but don't really read them anymore I would rather listen to them but I will still buy the book if I love it enough to collect it.

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    "WOW"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pandemonium to be better than the print version?

    It was a wonderful book and I would suggest it to any one who likes a bit of fun and drama


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    Dailey 11-12-12
    Dailey 11-12-12 Member Since 2011

    YA writer and book lover!

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    "I like the 2nd book better"

    I like the idea of love being a disease that is outlawed. However this book is truly a setup for the series. I say this because the plot was slow moving and drawn out and there was a lot of explaining and discussing the disease of love. It was like beat me over the head with the concept why don't you. Needless to say, I didn't like that approach to introducing the series since the concept is easily understood. Worth reading though to get on with what I think overall is a good series (based on 2nd book).

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    MEM 07-28-12
    MEM 07-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Ugh. A chore to get through."
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator reads like she's in a beat poetry contest. Anything that any character says is read like it ends in a question mark. The book itself is utterly predictable, not particularly believable, and boring to boot. I couldn't care less what happens to any of them, and most of what happens in 'the wilds' makes no sense at all. It's hard to tell how much of it is the story vs. the awful narration, but this was difficult to get through.

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    Jenny San Antonio, TX, United States 05-07-12
    Jenny San Antonio, TX, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Slightly disappointing second"

    After enjoying Delerium so much I was somewhat less enamored with the follow-up. Honestly I can't say why and would still buy the next in the series and recommend both to anyone who enjoys a distopian society tale for young adults.

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