Book Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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SPOILER: If you haven’t read Delirium yet, you might read some spoilers in this review.

Pandemoniumย picks up after Lena’s escape. The story was told in chapters with the heading ‘then’ and ‘now’. ‘Then’ told the story of Lena’s life after she crossed the wall/barrier and saw Alex shot by regulators. Thinking that he was dead, she had a hard time recovering physically, as well as adjusting to her new life in the woods without Alex. With the help of Raven and other people in the homestead, Lena struggled with her new life.

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Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

by Lauren Oliver

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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 bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

The ‘now’ part tells the story after that struggle. She is now part of the resistance, lives a new life in a new city, using a different name, and telling a different story about her past. Being in this new life is tough as she still thinks of Alex and her life in Portland. She also thinks about her mom, now that she knows the truth about her death.

When I read this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure what to expect especially when Delirium ended with the assumption that Alex is dead. Like Lena, I don’t want him to be dead, but we rely on what she sees/experience and she saw blood on Alex after she crossed the border, when they were being chased by regulators. A part of me believed he’s still alive, another part is okay with his death so Lena can move on and fall in love again and it won’t be complicated IF Alex is alive somewhere. But of course, the whole series revolves around love, apart from the war. I wished he was still alive.

I like how it was cleverly written. I would cringe every time something horrible would happen to Lena. I felt her pain, her longing, her confusion. I also couldn’t stand not knowing if Alex is still alive so before I continued reading, I read spoilers because I just had to know before I can continue.

The book neared its end in what seemed to be a happy ending, until the last page where something was revealed and I was left hanging. Well, that leaves something to look forward to in the last book of the series, Requiem.

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19 Comments

  1. Renz Bulseco
    17 July, 2012

    Hmmmmm interesting plot!

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  2. Jem Alvarado
    17 July, 2012

    I missed reading books.. Aside from inspirational books, I also like to read love stories like this one.

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  3. Brenna
    17 July, 2012

    thanks for this. i’ve actually been wondering about this series na din for awhile. will check it out. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. nicklelove
    17 July, 2012

    It is! There are tons of good books out there. Get him Delirium as well. :))

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  5. nicklelove
    17 July, 2012

    It’s a sequel to Delirium, which is really good too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. nicklelove
    17 July, 2012

    Read Delirium first before this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. nicklelove
    17 July, 2012

    It is a great book. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. nicklelove
    17 July, 2012

    That’s the beauty with YA novels, they’re shorter than most. Using Kobo reader, I found out I can finish a book in 6hrs. I think you can squeeze reading a chapter a day if you want to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Franc Ramon
    17 July, 2012

    This seems to be a good read and being a sequel of another famous book. Glad I read your post to have a brief info about Pandemonium.

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  10. Dee
    17 July, 2012

    I’d be looking for this book in the bookstores in Davao! Very interesting!

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  11. Teresa Gaudinez-Martinez
    17 July, 2012

    I’m rather an old-fashioned type of reader who prefers real books more than e-books but will look into this.

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  12. ventocoseuss
    17 July, 2012

    The book looks promising. However, I don’t think I have time to read books, which is a very bad thing. ๐Ÿ™

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  13. ralph marcuss Manarang
    17 July, 2012

    I love reading books! But reading in digital format is not my thing. Thanks for this recommendation!

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  14. yaniconquistadora
    17 July, 2012

    Ebook version please :))

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  15. Tess Torrecampo-Chancellor
    17 July, 2012

    this book is worth reading .will get one for my son.

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  16. Marlon Franco
    17 July, 2012

    I am going to read this book for sure!

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  17. mark pogi
    18 July, 2012

    Do they have that book here in Manila?

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  18. nicklelove
    18 July, 2012

    Yes, I think they have it in Natioinal Bookstore. Be sure to get Delirium first though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Sumi Go
    21 July, 2012

    Wow, this is such an interesting book.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m quite a fan of these kinds of stories with hanging ends.. Will definitely to look for this as well as Delirium on my next bookstore trip.

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