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Pandemonium (Delirium Trilogy) Paperback – May 17, 2016
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“This is a romance in the purest of senses, where just the longing for the faintest taste of love is worth the greatest of risks. Like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.” (Booklist)
“After this second book, fans of Oliver and of dystopian fiction will be clamoring for the final installment of the trilogy.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“If...you crave the heart-stopping action of the arena from The Hunger Games combined with a destined-to-be-doomed love story then this sequel is perfect for you!” (Seventeen.com)
“Following directly on the heels of Delirium, Pandemonium is equally riveting. The underlying theme that love will win out regardless of prohibition is a powerful idea that will speak to teens.” (School Library Journal)
“The gasp-worthy final page sets the stage for a promising conclusion to this trilogy.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
Praise for Delirium: “In [Oliver’s] dystopian America, love has been outlawed as the life-threatening source of all discord. Lena’s gradual awakening is set against a convincing backdrop of totalitarian horror. The abrupt ending leaves enough unanswered questions to set breathless readers up for volume two of this trilogy.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Praise for Delirium: “Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society, and nagging questions that can be applied to our world today make this book especially compelling and discussable.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
Praise for Delirium: “Oliver’s deeply emotional and incredibly well-honed prose commands the readers’ attention and captures their hearts. With a pulse-pounding tempo and unforeseen twists and turns, Lauren Oliver has opened the door on a fantastic new series; the second book can’t come soon enough.” (New York Journal of Books)
Praise for Delirium: “In a thick climate of fear, Oliver spins out a suspenseful story of awakening and resistance with true love at its core.” (The Horn Book)
About the Author
Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; Before I Fall has been made into a major motion picture.
Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.
A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and a variety of airport lounges. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.
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I hate writing reviews of sequels for some reason, so this is going to be pretty short. I only rated it four stars because I found that some of the magic from the first book was missing in this one. I liked the slow-building tension and plot of the first one, and that there wasn't so much action. So, while I appreciated the fact that Lena's character seriously grows and has way more depth in this book, I didn't totally like that it was action-packed the entire time. Although it did kind of work, and I do think that it was necessary in how it was able to move the series along.
I also really did not enjoy how this book was split into alternating time periods ("then" and "now"). I was super interested in what was happening and in the "now," but, while the "then" stuff is super important and has some great characters and character development going on, it just seemed less crucial since you already kind of know what's going to happen because you're reading the "now" chapters in between.
And I did not like Julian. Don't get me wrong...he's great as a character and a cool addition to the story considering who he is, but to have a new love interest so soon after my heart was freaking RIPPED OUT OF MY CHEST during the ending of the last book was just too much. I didn't quite believe that Lena was able to move on from Alex so quickly. She did have some emotional tension with that, but it just didn't seem like enough to me. I mean, I was more upset about it than she was, haha!
ON TO REQUIEM!!
The first book, Delirium, ended as a cliff hanger. I was so heartbroken when I found out that Alex didn't make it over the fence. Lena knew that he did it on purpose. He knew that they couldn't make it together, so he sacrificed himself so she could survive. The way Oliver described the ending scene with him standing there, getting trampled by the police, was heartbroken. Lena knew she had to keep going, so his sacrifice wouldn't be in vain.
In this book, the chapters are split between "then" and "now". Between Lena's transition from being scared and lost, to someone who is strong because of her loss. The "then" part focuses on her time in the Wilds-her trying to adjust to her new life, and forcing herself to forget about the past. Those chapters, I have to admit, were painfully hard to read. Not because they are horribly written or boring, but because they were so sad. I really like Lena, and I felt as if her pain and loss were so real and beautifully written that the words reached out and touched me. I didn't know whether or not Alex died, throughout the book I kept waiting for him to come back the way Lena did. Also, I wanted to know what happened to her family-did they get outcast because of her? What about Grace? Or her mom and Hanna?
The "now" chapters were exciting, especially her meeting with Julian, poster child for the DFA. It is creepy how strong propaganda can be. I found myself fearing for Lena, and once again like in Delirium, wondering who I can trust. As I started to read the book, I found that many things weren't what they seem and many people aren't as clear cut as they portray themselves to be.
I also found myself having a hard time connecting to the new characters: Raven, Tack, Julian, ect. The one character I did like dies!
SPOILERS: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED THIS BOOK:
I 100% support Alex and Lena, and although I must admit, there were times where I thought he died, I still didn't like Julian enough for me to be like "Okay, he's not so bad." Julian is good looking from what Lena describes, and sweet, and dependable but...he wasn't Alex. He wasn't funny, sarcastic, or strong. So I was so pissed reading through all their little moments, but I liked the story so much that I couldn't just stop reading it because my favorite character, Alex, is gone. So I forced myself NOT to skim over the Julian parts. But Lauren Oliver gave me what I wanted because Alex is back! WOOHOO!! *applause *throws roses*. If he did die, I kept trying to think what would the point of his death be? To teach Lena about sacrifice? I don't know. Plus, Lena keep mentioning that Alex was dead so many times that heck, even I started to believe it. Yet, whenever she would try to move on, she would mention Alex, remember a time they had together, or something and that would draw me back in...maybe he's alive.
SPOILERS ARE DONE :]
I didn't like this book as much as Delirium, but hey let's face it, that book was basically perfect. It would be hard to top I know. This was a good sequel though, and once again the ending was INTENSE. Lauren Oliver knows how to keep the readers coming back for more.
It was hard to put down because this book is really sad, there are deaths, and heartbreak, and betrayal. It shows human beings at their breaking point. There is voilence, and torture.
Yet, I HAD to read it BECAUSE I needed things to get better. I needed some light at the end of the tunnel.
I HAD TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT-this book was kind of an addiction :/
Which for me, was disappointing in that it focused too much on romance. If you're deciding whether you'll likely agree with me, I will note that I'm a bit jaded and generally find romance extremely dull unless it is exceptionally powerful, which this one was not.
The main storyline, life in the wild, was necessary given that Lena was in the wild ...but it was rather dull and predictable. Again, I'm not a big fan of "living in the wild" type storylines. If you are, and you're not too fussy about them being original, you might like this better than I do.
There were a few interesting new story lines, including emergence of the Delirium Free America, a right-wing-style activist group that wants to move the cure even earlier. There were some interesting aspects of this, and surprises even, which I won't reveal. But overall, this storyline and its revelations could have been handled much more skillfully.
Some people didn't like the ending. My opinion is that it was okay but it did take the storyline in a direction I didn't think was that interesting for the third book in the trilogy.
Overall, I would say if you liked the angle of Lena in love in the first novel, and you would like more of Lena in love, you'll like this book. If you were more interested in the dystopia side of the story, only buy this if you don't have other better books to read.