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
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.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
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?
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
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
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!
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.
No it was very exciting and romantic.It was veryinteresting the way she developed her characters
I liked how the relationships changed during course of story
yes narration very good
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