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Wednesday, February 1

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

February 28th 2012, HarperCollins
375 pages, ARC
Received from Publisher
Second in Delirium series
Young Adult Fiction

Others in Series: Delirium

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
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.


This is an impossible book for me to review. I should’ve liked it and at times I did, but generally it was more like pulling teeth to get through than enjoyment. I think my issues with Pandemonium are the same I have with Lost. We have this storyline that jumps back and forth asking a ton of questions within the viewer/reader and then not resolving them. And, oi, the ending. What was that? That made no sense and seemed to have no point within this storyline.  So you are going to throw in something that has like no validity and makes you question everything just to get us to read the next one? Seriously? Why?

And really are you going to cheapen this with that? I mean seriously. Seriously, seriously!

Take out the ending and the switching from present to past and I would have been able to enjoy this book so much more!

I enjoyed exchanges between Lena and Julian. The connection there makes Lena become stronger and more independent, which was seriously lacking in “Then” sequences. The action was tense throughout so it should’ve been a quick read. It had tons of poignant scenes and was very emotional.

There is this quote within that kinda sums up the way I feel about this book, “Some of them are ballons bobbing up through the sky: totally self-contained, and unreachable, but beautiful to watch.” It’s unreachable, when you finally feel comfortable in the world Oliver has developed she throws you this really odd way and it’s like what do we believe?

It pains me that I did not enjoy this book more. I really wanted to, but I simply didn’t. There are plenty of people that loved it, but I was not one of them.



I'm a wife, student, and a dog-lover who reads when I should be folding laundry (bane of my existance), I write (rarely as academic papers consume my life), and love getting wrapped up in fiction.


  1. hey rie!
    i enjoy a honest review! nice job! will check out more

  2. This makes me sad! I value your opinion and am slightly discouraged to read this one. We'll see, thanks!

  3. Hey how did you make the word in the box? I see a lot of bloggers doing that and I would like to learn how to do it.

  4. Thanks for the review!  I have heard some mixed things on this one, so I'll try not to get my hopes too high :/  

  5. This is the second review of Pandemonium that I've read and you both share some similar feelings.  My friend Kate at said she felt "sucker punched" by the ending.  It seems like Pandemonium is suffering from "second book syndrome."  In every series I can think of the second book is always my least favorite (and I think this applies to movies as well).  I wonder why this is so?

    I still can't wait to read it because I do love the way Lauren Oliver writes.