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
I was enthralled with the first book in this trilogy, Delirium. The intensity of living in the city with prying eyes always on the main character, Lena, and the forbidden love of the couple adds a layer to the story that's hard to top. Pandemonium was good, but just not AS good as the first. The story line changes so drastically because of the change in scenery and Alex getting shot at the end of the first book. Lena, too, changes in so many ways that she's hardly the same girl from Delirium. Although that may have been true to Lena's journey, it was a disapointment for me. I was hoping for the next chapter in Lena's story but instead, read a book about an entirely different girl. I was super dissapointed that she didn't spend more time mourning Alex or searching for his family in the wilds he introduced her to on their first trip out. Despite these criticisms, I did enjoy the book - the writing is still excellent and the narrator is superb. I'm excitedly looking forward to the final book, whenever that comes out. Also, (no spoilers) but I saw the ending coming and was dissapointed that Lena didn't.
It never stopped, and it was even better than the first book. It was just captivating.
Did I mention that it's better than the first one? I just loved it. I highly recommend this series. The first book was a little more young adult-ish. This one is for all ages and captivating for anyone who can read.
This is the second book. Read the first and immediately downloaded the second. Now the long long wait for the third.
Even better than the first!!
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!!)
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!!
I don't care for Sarah Drew's voice, but I think it matches Lena's character very well.
Very similar to Ally Condie's 'Matched' series.
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).
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.
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.
I loved this book so much! I was actually wishing my daily commute was even longer so I could keep listening.
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.
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