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Paperback | May 17, 2016

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The second book in Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose.

In this electrifying follow-up to Delirium, Lena is on a dangerous course that takes her through the unregulated Wilds and into the heart of a growing resistance movement.  This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.


Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novelsBefore I Fall, Panic,andVanishing Girlsand the Delirium trilogy:Delirium, Pandemonium,andRequiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers:T...
Title:PandemoniumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061978078

ISBN - 13:9780061978074


Rated 4 out of 5 by from i loved this book! the whole Delirium series is amazing, and well worth the read. a great new concept in the world of YA dystopia, where love is a disease. Filled with heartbreak, hurt, love, and action, its got something for everyone.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love. Another author I love! Couldn't put this second instalment to the series down.
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read this way back, but Lauren Oliver has a tendency to write really great things.This was definitely a great read.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one in the series Pandemonium. was. so. good. By far my favourite one in the series. Introduces a ton of interesting new characters that add a lot to the story and the world. Lena is so strong in this book, and she has so much character development. And as usual, Lauren Oliver's writing style continues to be beautiful. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok it was ok, a bit better than the first one
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite series! I loved these books, I could not put them down. You will feel every emotion reading these books. Wish there was more than 3!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love! Loved the introduction of new characters and the development of the story, bringing forth new conflicts for Lena. It was thoroughly thrilling and kept me on my toes throughout the entire read. One of my all time favourite series.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from idfk this was heartbreaking and super great. I did find it (for lack of a better term) off topic from the rest of the series. it was like a completely different story, but in the last one it all met up and was really good. this book was kind of setting the scene (but not in a bad way) I really liked it and definetely would reccomend
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I enjoyed learning how much a situation can change a person and how they can either adjust and become stronger or just fade away... This book had me crying a times which doesn't happen often, overall I am happy to have read this one!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lauren Oliver <3 I am not one for reading series of books, but after the first one I had to buy this one and every other single book to go with it. Lauren Oliver is such a good writing and has been my first favorite author! These books keep you reading and you can actually visualize yourself in Lena's place. MUST READ
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lauren Oliver is Awesome! I really enjoyed this sequel! I'm usually not a fan of series, especially series whose plots are romance-based, but I was pleasantly surprised. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kind of a bore I predicted the ending of this book in the middle of book 2.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dare To Resist I was pleasantly surprised by this next installment in this series, especially because none of the characters from the first book are present in this novel. These new characters will make you happy, laugh, cry and want to punch them in the face. I wasn't surprised to learn that her "people" were behind the made sense with what Tack had given to her in the backpack. The part I really really don't get is.. they are originally close to Portland Oregon... and she is found further away from there...but in this novel in the 'Then' portions.. they are traveling South to escape Winter... but where they end of travelling to is New York. Now I've never actually been to New York, but I live in Canada so I know New York doesn't get the best Winters. That part of the story just boggled my why not somewhere more south on the side of the States they were already on. And Also Alex escaped at the very end of the novel from the Crypts in Portland ...which we knew he couldn't be dead because the author didn't write that, she just stated Lena assumed he wouldn't have survived... but he escaped and somehow makes his way also all the way to New York?! It just seems very unrealistic... as well all of this takes place in a 6 ish month time he must have broken out almost immediately to follow her to New York. She also meets Julian they start to have a stronger connection than she ever felt with what the hell.. the person you've fallen in love with, you believe is dead and now all of a sudden you're into this guy too. UGH !! frustrating haha! Overall I did enjoy this novel...although this review seems to be a rant. Lena definitely changes and matures, and starts to see herself as 2 different people. and now after the end of the second novel is going to have to put on a third identity to make it through. Excited and nervous to see where this next book leads me.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Why write a sequel?! I had to fight to finish this book. By the end I was just glad that it was over. This sequel does is predictable, and frustrating. I think that Lauren Oliver, while a talented writer, should stick to stand alone novels because Delirium was so good. Reading this book made me question whether or not I should even bother reading the conclusion to the trilogy "Requiem". Moreover, the style the book is written is frustrating, as one chapter will follow Lena's journey through the Wilds, and the next chapter will follow her experiences as part of the resistance in New York. It switches back and forth every chapter, nothing significant or interesting happening in the chapters about the Wilds.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sequel! The plot actually does thicken. It gets so much more complicated that you have no choice but to read on. It's even more engrossing than Delirium.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super good! This book was quite a transition from the first one - it was a lot more action-based and the resistance becomes a more tangible focus of the story. There's also lots of new characters, which introduce a different feel to the story-line. Only wish Alex was still in the book!
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book This book was good but it wasn't as good as the first book.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the greatest Love the first one but this was mediocre
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! **spoiler alert** OMG! ALEX is back! To be honest, I agree with what some other people are saying about the love triangle, just because it's so predictable, but I still want her to be with Alex. I think she really does still love him and owes him everything that she's experienced and lived in the last couple of months to him because he IS the one who showed her this world. I don't know about Julian.... GUESS WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT! I don't know how I'm going to wait that long! Ahhhhh! So excited!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book So good that I could not put this book down!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! ** spoiler alert ** So good! The world was expanded and boy it was beautiful. Showing Lena outside of her relationship and how people have been working underground for years was so powerfully done and her relationship with this new guy was incredible as well. I was hoping that it wouldn't go the route of the other love interest coming back at the end which he did and made me frustrated with the writer playing it safe but still such a good book.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! This is an amazing book! I read it when it first came out and before the cover design was changed and it is still one of my favourites! It is often compared to "Divergent" and, reading both series, I can say with certainty that this series is so much better!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Solid Pretty solid second book to the series. Initially I was confused with the time jumps from the past and present, as I'm not used to reading those types of books, but then it grew on me. Loved seeing the past experiences that influenced Lena, because most books simply don't do that.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting Great second book but I can't be the only one who hated the events going on. This had less to do with the writing and more to do with the fact that I liked the main character's relationship with the guy in the first book much better.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book was absolutely amazing! It was better than the first book and I suggest everyone go and read it if they have already read Delirium
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel! Lena has escaped Portland and its world where love is a disease. She?s in the wild where everything is new and frightening. This book is divided into a ?Then? chapter and a ?Now? chapter so as we?re figuring out how Lena is doing in the wild the reader also knows what the current state she?s in at the same time. At first I was a little confused as to why that was happening but I definitely liked it because it kept it a lot more interesting. I won?t go much into the plot because that would mean spoilers but I can tell you I love this Lena. She kicked butt, she was strong and confident and knew exactly what to do. How much she has grown from Delirium?s Lena, I can tell you she has shouldered a lot more responsibly in Pandemonium than ever. That ending!! I jumped out of my seat and squealed just because I had an inkling that would happen. I can?t wait until the final book. Lauren Oliver, you are a genius!!
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lauren Oliver Does It Again! The second book in the Delirium Trilogy is every bit as great as the first. Pandemonium begins right where Delirium left off and doesn’t hesitate. Nor does it waste the reader's time with reiterating the entirety of book one. I loved this because it felt as if I was reading one long book. However, readers that did not read the books in succession may have to jog their memories a little. But, when a story is this good, I doubt that many could forget what has already happened. Lauren Oliver does not disappoint and, in fact, continues to entertain and enthrall. Pandemonium is every bit as interesting and thrilling as Delirium as it delves deeper into Lena's world and the chaos that has become her life. It's very difficult not to give away secrets from Delirium in this review but I'll try my best. Lena continues to grow and mature as her journey takes her deep into "The Wilds" and back into the walled world of the DFA, (Delirium Free America), and the Regulators who police it. In Pandemonium we are introduced to a whole new set of obstacles with a whole new cast of characters. Raven, the mother-figure that Lena encounters, is hardened by life in "The Wilds", yet she has a compassion for her "Family" that sometimes cracks through her tough exterior. As the story develops, Lena is faced with a difficult choice when the new guy, Julian, emerges onto the scene. By all the rules, Julian is the enemy. But when you're thrust into dangerous and life threatening situations how do you keep your distance? And what do you do when the powers that be start changing the rules? Awesome! Just awesome! Keep reading this series!
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner This second installment of the Delirium series takes place both in the wilds and in New York during a resistance movement, moving back and forth in time. The chapters are pretty clear about where you are. The story starts soon after Lena escapes over the fence and how she survives in the Wilds. I loved the addition of some of the new characters, especially Raven. I have to say, though, that there were a few logistics about their life in the Wilds that drove me crazy, like: Why do they wait until winter's there before they move camps? Why don't they just live somewhere warmer and set up a homestead and try to become self sufficient? Why do they have to rely on the cities for so much? Why, if there is a hardware store nearby, do they only have one shovel? OK, enough of that rant. These are not deal breaker issues, the story was still great, just things that frustrated me. On the other hand, this time in the Wilds was compelling, the dynamics of the community, the constant peril, the heartbreak of peoples stories... In contrast, the story alternates in a future time as part of an underground resistance movement in New York. There were some great twists in this part and, again, the addition of some new characters. I liked Julian, the son of the DFA leader, and how he grew and how the alliances and betrayals worked out. I really love this series, though I didn't like this book as much as Delirium. Oliver's writing is brilliant and absolutely beautiful - she crafts words like an artist. And, I love the premise behind this book - that of a dystopian future where love can be "cured", along with the consequences of that. After the dramatic twist at the end, I can hardly wait to get my hands on Requiem (one of the advantages to coming to a series late!)
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECTION All I have to say is this: Julian is a FINE MAN. (see what I did there?) But seriously, read this book. Delirium was amazing and Pandemonium is perfection. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! CANNOT WAIT FOR THE 3RD ONE!
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, even better than Delirium This review was originally posted on my blog Escaping With Books ( Lauren Oliver, why must you do this to me? The ending, oh my god, the ENDING! I will NOT spoil it for anyone but just, ugh. I was expecting it during the last few pages -- and even from the beginning -- because there were obvious clues, but things happened in between as well! But instead of raging over the ending, I'll talk about all the goodness that happened in between! By the way, there WILL be spoilers from Delirium, so watch out if you don't want any spoilers. So we see Alex being attacked by the regulators and the blood seeping through his shirt. After that, Lena just stumbles through the wilds because she's injured as well. She's finally found by a homestead near Rochester, and they take her in. I loved the way Pandemonium actually switches between past and present -- past being the time she spent in the wilds, and present being the time she spent in Brooklyn and New York. It was neat the way the two stories kind of weaved into each other, and also how a lot of the times, she described herself as two different people, and you can clearly see the differences between her during "now" and "then". With some characters, I didn't like them a lot. Mainly because they were kind of closed off, or maybe seen as an antagonist, but later on, I really started to like them. That was mainly what caused me to be so frustrated now because of the ending. One of the characters, Tack, was weird to me because he was so cold, and there would be times where he was unusually warm towards Lena. Throughout Pandemonium, I could clearly see as she put layer upon layer over herself. She became an entirely different person, and in the end it was nice to see her become herself once again, not the one in Portland, but the one who wanted to be in the Wilds -- the one who was in love. I think this was way better than Delirium. I know a lot of people have different opinions, but I absolutely LOVED Pandemonium, why does Requiem have to come out in March?! If you loved Delirium, then I pretty sure this one won't be a disappointment.
Date published: 2012-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the first. "There will be SPOILERS for anyone who has NOT read DELIRIUM. The ongoing battle between the Cured and the Invalids is at an all time high, and this time, Lena’s an integral part of the fight. Months ago, Lena escaped Portland and the cure that would take away her ability to love. Heartbroken, Lena had to leave behind Alex, the boy she loved. She had to bury the memory of Alex’s love and his auburn hair deep within her. She cannot turn back. The past is dead, and so is the boy who gave her the deliria. Lena runs further and deeper into the Wilds. It’s here she meets other Invalids – so many others – and rebuilds herself. Lena knows what damage the cure can cause, and now she’s fighting back. For Alex. For her mother. For herself. Lena’s deeper into the battle than she realizes. This war is fueled by fiery rage and it’s only a matter of time until she’s burned. Lena is looking for revenge and justice. They took away everyone. She’s not looking for another boy to love. ‘He’ just reminds her of Alex. Her fractured heart can’t handle it … then why is she feeling like this? Does the resistance stand a chance? Can Lena open her heart again? Many beautiful pieces were tied together to create Pandemonium. Delirium was a great read, but Pandemonium was that much better. It took this series to another level and that was exactly what you’d ask for from a sequel. Pandemonium was intriguing, and it had a fantastic storyline. Like Delirium, Pandemonium was told in Lena’s perspective, but this time there were two timeframes. The chapters alternated between present day Lena and Lena immediately after she escaped into the Wilds. This merging of past and present brought more depth and clarity to the story. Pandemonium would not have been as powerful or had the same effect if it was told in any other way. The events of Delirium changed Lena forever and she became a stronger character because of it. She was more likeable in Pandemonium, because the rawness made her more relatable. Pandemonium made for an emotional read. I felt more for this book in comparison to the first of the series. The crucial moments were more serious and the stakes were higher. Lena was under so much pressure and she deserved a happy ending this time around. Lena was closed off and hardened from losing Alex. Her escape into the Wilds was nothing like she thought it would be mostly because she didn’t have her love by her side. She was entirely focused on getting out, that it never occurred to her what would happen afterwards. She faced dangers, threats, obstacles, and ultimately pulled through. Lena wasn’t completely reliant on other people in Pandemonium. She learned that sometimes she could save herself. I liked Lena in Delirium, but I loved her in Pandemonium. This story was a step up from Delirium and Lena had a completely different mindset. In addition to all the extra baggage she carried, Lena was forced to grow up at an alarmingly quick rate. Her metamorphosis was told stunningly and intricately. Through her words Lauren Oliver brought beauty to Lena’s character. I resisted too, and didn’t want Lena to fall in love again, but I couldn’t help but fall for the new boy myself. In fact, this boy might be loved more than Alex was. He arrived at the right time in Lena’s life, and whether they fell in love or not didn’t matter, because he was the right person to care for her. They really seemed to need each other. Nothing could prepare you for this ending. Lauren must have something up her sleeve, because Pandemonium’s last pages will shock you to the core. I was delirious with glee, because it was the perfect setup for the final book. Pandemonium exceeded any expectations I could have had." Quoted myself from
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Seriously, I am in love with these characters and can't wait to see where they end up next!! can't wait for the next one in this great story!! I LOVED IT
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from thrilling!! this story is an amazing sequel to delirium.Pandemonium has even more action and excitement then delirium.In this book we find our main character ,Lena where she was left in delirium.This book switches from past to present and keeps switching in each chapter i found this kinda confusing but i still enjoyed it! The past refers to lena's life when she was alone in the wilds and how she made it through alive.The present refers to what lena is doing presently in the book.At the end of this book there is a huge twist and a love triangle!
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sequel! Why did I take this long to actually start reading this series? Lauren Oliver is amazing writer and Delirium is nothing short of awesome. I feel like I’m finally inching my way out from under the rock I see to have been residing under. If you’re one of those people who are still under that rock, Delirium is about Lena, who lives in a world like our own, but in her world, love is a disease. This means that, at an early age, people have a “procedure” that rids them of the feelings of love, rids them of susceptibility of contamination. From the first pages I was intrigued. It was just so different from all of the other dystopian’s I had been reading. I loved the concept of love being the disease and couldn’t believe that people actually looked forward to getting the procedure done. It was hard to fall in love with the characters at first because they were so detached from these feelings, especially the older characters, but I couldn’t help but root for the younger ones, hoping that they would evade authority and the cons — even if they don’t look like cons — of the procedure. Oliver is such an amazing writer. Her words read like poetry in sections and everything was just so smooth and flowing. I loved how the “world” of Delirium was Portland, but an alternate Portland. Oliver did a good job of creating a world that was so realistic, a world that could most definitely exist — one that was easy to be fearful of. At the beginning of each chapter, Oliver includes little bits of literature from the pre-approved books that the people of Portland are to read. It was so interesting to read these little tidbits of information and see exactly how the people were being brainwashed through the literature, how literature that we read nowadays could be deemed as “cautionary tales.” I did really love Lena as a character, as well as Hana. It was hard to see what they had to live with, the world they were forced to live in, but it was nice to see some rebelling, even if it kept you on your toes as a reader. I also really loved Alex’s character and was always so happy to see his name as I was reading. Oliver made it easy to really fall in love with these characters and to hate people like the Regulators or the guards. And the twists and turns!! I don’t even want to go into detail about them — because you should most definitely read the book yourself to find out — but they will rip your heart out and leave a mess of of emotions in its place. This is a book you will not be able to put down. This was a fantastic novel and now I feel compelled to read everything Lauren Oliver has written. I’m especially glad that I had Pandemonium, the next book in this series, in my possession and could read it right away because Oliver definitely left my world shattered with her ending of Delirium. A wonderful, wonderful writer, Lauren Oliver is one to watch.
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A New Definition of Love *WARNING: Plot SPOILERS for Delirium and Pandemonium* (Originally posted at I was pretty nervous to read this book. I absolutely, totally, and completely LOVED Delirium. The last paragraph still gives me goosebumps, and I want the quote "I love you. Remember. They cannot take it." tattooed somewhere on my body. While I had heard solely good things about the novel I also heard it was, in typical Lauren Oliver fashion, a heart-breaker. I couldn't resist the temptation long (or the frantic tweets from my friend Crim) and finally picked it up. There were lots of things I loved about this book. In Delirium we were exposed to life in regular society: rigid, controlled, and loveless. Lena, as part of this society, follows the rules and doesn't question them. After the events at the end of the novel, Lena is a changed woman. She is brought into The Wilds and turned into a self-reliant survivor. It was very interesting, and a part of the novel I loved, to see Lena transform from this docile young girl, to a fierce member of the resistance. Lauren Oliver switched styles beautifully, darkening the tone of the series and giving us a harsh glimpse of life outside society's walls. I really liked having an overall view of this world, something I find is often lacking in many books. And the writing! Man, Lauren Oliver is crazy fantastic. She knows how to write a powerful and engaging story with believable characters and a fantastic plot line. Her writing itself never fails to amaze me. She gives me chills! There were a few new characters introduced Pandemonium that left me with mixed emotions. I really liked Raven but I constantly felt suspicious of her intentions, and could never completely bring myself to believe in her. The same went with many members of The Wilds. And then there was Julian. Although I thought he was a perfectly fine person, what he caused I was not a fan of. So, this is when I talk about why I couldn't give Pandemonium five stars. It's a bit spoiler-y, as I mentioned above, so read on with caution. Julian and his relationship with Lena kind of ruined the book for me. In Delirium the idea of love conquering everything was so prominent I felt like it defined the book. I've been a bit frustrated with YA romances recently, but Delirium was different and I loved all the messages it was sending. It was strong, powerful, and consuming. It made me want to get up and preach love from the rooftops! It made me so happy to live in a world where love was cherished. But, I felt like this message of hope that was said in Delirium was undermined in Pandemonium. For Lena to very quickly and easily fall into a new love, so soon after the loss of her previous one, confused the message of "love conquering all" for me. I was also frustrated with the ending. Lauren Oliver is a fantastic writer and the Delirium series is superb both in concept and in execution. So, was it necessary to throw in that cliffhanger? I knew it was coming, and it was frustrating to have it thrown in at the end. Readers of the Delirium series will pick up Requiem without question. I felt it unnecessary to leave us hanging that way, and lessened the impact of the novel for me. I love cliffhangers, but I was not a fan of this one. Now, I did love Pandemonium, don't get me wrong. It was a fantastic sequel in almost every way. Yes, there were a few things that irked me, but they didn't ruin the book for me. The Delirium series is one of the best romantic dystopians out there, and I highly recommend them! I'm very, very excited for Requiem and I can't wait to see how it all ends. - Ciara who is lost at midnight
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She did it again! Delirium was a slow burning sort of book but Pandemonium grabbed me right from the first page and took off from there. It's much more character driven and I liked the inclusion of more unique people to read about. Lena's not the sad and frightened girl anymore. She's grown into herself and fighting for what she believes in. We get to see more of the Wilds and other cities, and the comparisons between the two can be harsh. Oliver's writing is once again beautiful and she near killed me with another craazy cliffhanger! All in all an amazing, pulse pounding sequel. Loved it! ~~ I had read quite a few reviews for Pandemonium. A lot loved it, some didn't, and I was hesitant to read it just like I was about Delirium. I loved Delirium but I had to warm up to it first. But with Pandemonium, luckily, the story has already been established; we know how Delirium ended, where Lena was headed, and what she had to do. So in short, I loved it! After the brutal end to Delirium, I was curious to how Pandemonium would breach the subject and how Lena would continue on. The story gets told in alternating chapters: before, when she was still frightened and new to the world she was now a part of, and after, when she has accepted her circumstances and is ready to fight. The blurb has got it right: the old Lena is gone, and this new Lena is fierce. I know some people weren't crazy about the changing chapters but I really liked them. They gave good contrast to how much Lena had changed, how her priorities were different, and what she was feeling, before and after her whole life changed. Pandemonium introduces us to a whole host of new characters. The group of people that gradually becomes Lena's family were all different and unique, though only three of them are distinct in my mind. There was a particular scene that pretty much tore my heart out and stomped on it. In a place where everyone has learned to push down their feelings and be strong, it was a pretty powerful moment of vulnerability. Then we have Julian. Lena finds herself in a distressing situation with Julian and is forced into close quarters with him. It's inevitable that they get to know each other and Julian, having not yet received his cure and thinking Lena is cured, is pretty enamored/wary of her. I'm still not sure how I feel about Julian. He is a nice guy, and he genuinely cares for Lena. It would be unfair if she were to close herself off to the possibility of loving someone again, buuuut *shrugs*. I think Lena needs a stronger personality that I just haven't seen yet. And just when the book was coming to an end, I'm thinking "huh, maybe it'll end well!" BUT NO. Lauren Oliver does it again. This cliffhanger... *flails* probably worse than Delirium's. It had me sitting there with my mouth hanging open. It completely turns everything upside down and then, of course, I questioned a lot of what I'd already read because, well, if you've read it you know! There was also another shocking reveal, but it was so shortlived and we only realize the significance until after the fact. Both of these instances have me dyingggg for the third book! Review from my blog:
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lauren Oliver, you are a genius!! Lena has escaped Portland and its world where love is a disease. She’s in the wild where everything is new and frightening. This book is divided into a “Then” chapter and a “Now” chapter so as we’re figuring out how Lena is doing in the wild the reader also knows what the current state she’s in at the same time. At first I was a little confused as to why that was happening but I definitely liked it because it kept it a lot more interesting. I won’t go much into the plot because that would mean spoilers but I can tell you I love this Lena. She kicked butt, she was strong and confident and knew exactly what to do. How much she has grown from Delirium’s Lena, I can tell you she has shouldered a lot more responsibly in Pandemonium than ever. That ending!! I jumped out of my seat and squealed just because I had an inkling that would happen. I can’t wait until the final book. Lauren Oliver, you are a genius!! Rating 5/5 Quotes “In a world without love, this is what people are to each other: values, benefits, and liabilities, numbers and data. We weigh, we quantify, we measure, and the soul is ground to dust.”—Lena (139) “He looked at me like I was beautiful.”-Lena (245)
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG Wants More!! In Lauren Oliver's sequel to Delirium, Pandemonium was full of surprises and anticipation that it will want you to read the next one! I loved how the story went from Now and Then because we got to see Lena start to be stronger and why she went to New York. Alex is not in this book unfortunately. I loved Alex! Through staying with the Wilds she develops herself and becomes and even smarter/stronger character because living outlawed is hard because you have to live and survive the winter. I cried during this book through one scene because it was soo heartbreaking with that certain storyline. Pandemonium also introduces us to some new characters like Raven who is the leader of the group who takes in Lena and transforms her into a strong character, into a NEW Lena. Along with Raven and many more very interesting characters! The sequel really was fantastic because it showed a new side to Lena we never saw before. With her sudden loss and was thinking Alex was dead after what happened in Delirium. I even started to like Julian (another love interest) he was one of those people with good looks and personality. Lauren Oliver has a way with words because I really loved the book! It was a whirlwind of emotions and action that could not be contained!! The ending was OMG OMG when does the next book (Requiem) come out!! Like any Lauren Oliver ending it was a cliffhanger.... but this is going to be a LONG wait until we read the last book in this amazing trilogy. I loved everything about this book, the writing, action and even the romance. If you haven't started this series, start it today!! Its one of those books you cannot put down! I was soo addicted it only took me 1 day. Be sure to pick up Pandemonium at your store because it was Amazing!!
Date published: 2012-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll Love the Deliria of this Book I've been waiting an entire year for this book to be released as the ending of Delirium left me shocked and ready for more. Pandemonium's long await is breath taking and totally worth the time. Writing a story of love and strength takes a long time, especially with a perfect execution from Pandemonium. At the end of Delirium, we're left wondering so many things, and I personally wanted to know what happened to Lena and Alex. Sadly, we're only left with vague memories of what happened to Alex as Lena refuses to admit the worse for Alex. She has this hope burning in herself that Alex is safe and will find a way back to her. Now, no more spoilers on Alex because I'm still shocked about him. At the beginning of Pandemonium, Lena begins the story with two different perspectives. The novel is written in the past when she found the Invalids at first, so right after Delirium. But the main part of the story is written in the present when Lena is kidnapped by Scavengers who work with the people who like the Cure. I personally enjoyed the present more than the past because the past chapters had so much sadness and grief in there. Lauren Oliver truly has a way with words. Those chapters were so sad and reminded me so much of lovesick Lena that it just made me miss Alex so much. The present chapters are where all the action happens. Lena is kidnapped along with a new boy her age name Julian. Julian at first is a spoiled little rich boy, but once away from the cameras, he's just a scared kid. Alex has a competitor now for Lena and the readers. Lauren Oliver brings back the intriguing world where love is a sickness in this second installment of the trilogy (I think). Her writing is top notch, maybe even better than her previous works. Either way, you won't be disappointed with Pandemonium unless you wanted more info on Alex. The words and the pacing of the story are absolutely perfect as we're given more knowledge on the resistance and the love disease. Every single character grows emotionally and physically. Lena isn't the same girl she was when Alex was showing her another world (-- One Direction reference). Lena is now the new Alex as she shows Julian the true meaning of Love.
Date published: 2012-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grittier and more action-packed than Delirium! Pandemonium picks up shortly after where Delirium left off. The old Lena is long gone and the new Lena struggles with the loss of everything she had ever known, left behind in her past life. As the new girl among a group of so-called “invalids”, Lena has to adjust to this new life in the Wilds as part of the resistance. Told in alternating chapters between then and now, glimpses of Lena’s adjustment to her new life are mixed in with the current situation she is faced with as the timelines piece closer and closer together. Can I take back the 5-star rating I gave Delirium and apply it to Pandemonium instead? Because honestly, I thought I loved Delirium… but I loved Pandemonium so much more, if that’s even possible! Where Delirium sets up the story, with it’s build-up of the disease known as love, Pandemonium quite literally lives up to it’s name. It is a darker, action-packed story right from the get-go and keeps you stringing along with both then & now storylines. Where the first installment is set in Portland, Maine – a “safe” suburban city, reflective of the name Delirium, Pandemonium was mostly set in New York City. I really enjoyed the imagery between the “concrete jungle” with Lena’s time in the Wilds. The grittier story filled with mystery, espionage and full-on fight scenes make for an exciting read that I couldn’t put down. While I had a feeling where the story was heading, it still kept me on the edge of my seat on how it would get there. Oliver is a great storyteller, pacing out the narrative in a fantastic way, planting plot points and red herrings at certain innocuous moments only to bring it up again later when you may have forgotten about it. I feel like I have so much more to say about it, but can’t find the words to express those thoughts – especially not without giving anything away! Therefore, I shall leave it at this: READ NOW. Pandemonium = Phenomenal. This and other reviews can be found on my blog
Date published: 2012-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lauren Oliver is a genius! Seriously. I don't even know where to start. The end of Delirium made me sob. And I mean sob. Pandemonium on the other hand made me walk around like a zombie, book clasped to my chest at 3 in the morning. This book kept me up until all hours of the night and has me checking the days on my calendar until Requiem. My heart actually ached the entire time I was reading this book. It's almost completely focused on Lena, and though I missed Alex like crazy, it was nice to get to know her a little better. She's come so far and been through so much. In Delirium she came out of her shell. She learned to look past the rules and she fell in love. In Pandemonium we get to see her grow as a character. She becomes a lot more brave and a lot more independent. It made her not only someone you could cheer for but someone you could be proud of. Lauren Oliver is an extremely talented writer and she has a special skills for never giving you a straight answer. This book kept me guessing and it was filled with twists, just like Delirium. The expression "its like the rug has been pulled out from beneath your feet" is the perfect example of how this book can make you feel. In addition it will also illicit a lot of strong emotional reactions. Both positive and negative. More than a few times, while reading it, the people around me caught me arguing with the book or mumbling to the characters. The one thing that kept me from enjoying it as much as the first book was the non-linear timeline. The chapters alternated from past to present and I would have preferred a similar setup to Delirium, where the story unravels in a more natural fashion. However, this could totally be attributed to my own impatience and my desire to want to know what on earth is happening to all the characters. I think it goes without saying at this point that Lauren Oliver has a way with words. She writes beautifully and is able to break your heart a little more each time. This is without a doubt a sequel that's as good as the first and a series that everyone needs to read. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my goodness!!!!! I loved, loved, loved, this book. At first (beware, spoiler if u have not read the first book) I thought I was not going to be able to get over the loss of Alex because I grew to love his character but, now, just read the book because I don't want to give anything. Just read, read, read this book!!!!!
Date published: 2012-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The World You Thought You Knew Is Gone It all started with Amor Deliria Nervosa, the believed ticking time bomb within all of us that was said to be deadly. You see, to have the disease was to be weak, flawed even, and the Government demanded a stop by creating a "cure". With safety and seclusion came a life of happiness, or so Lena thought. That is, until she met Alex. When they met things changed for Lena and she suddenly found herself wanting to escape. However, things for Lena and Alex didn't go as planned. Now in Pandemonium, the sequel to the bestseller Delirium, things for Lena get dangerous quickly as she begins to struggle with her new life, one of defiance. Lauren Oliver fans; Pandemonium Will Surprise You! A fair warning to all of Lauren Oliver's beloved fans, this amazing author will shock you with what she has in store for us in Pandemonium! Lauren's writing, the novel's setting, characters and events are all different! In fact, the overall emotion behind Pandemonium is the biggest surprise of all. Where as Delirium was more of a novel that emotional spoke of defiance, romance, and breaking free, Pandemonium is more of one fiercely filled with ferocity and anger. Vividly Shocking! Unfortunately, there isn't much I can say about Pandemonium that won't have me spoiling the dialogue for everyone, however I'll do my best. Readers, upon diving into Pandemonium, will be surprised to discover that the story is told in a very unique way. Lauren narrates for Lena through "before" and "now" views, which unfortunately confused me quite a bit. Thankfully, after making through the first several chapters, I finally grew accustomed to them. With that said, I highly recommend that readers re-read Delirium before picking up their copy of Pandemonium. Readers will benefit from this by having a fresh memory of Delirium's climactic events and in that case will easily ease into the beginning setting of Pandemonium. With a new installment in the series also comes new and exciting characters, some of which I can't mention for risk of spoiling the story. However, Lena, our beloved protagonist from Delirium, has without a doubt changed dramatically from last we've read her. The softer and more obedient side of Lena is forever gone and in her place is now a fierce girl with incredible courage. Lena, is without a doubt, now one of my absolute favorite protagonists of the year! Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver will excite and shock you. You'll find yourself in a world completely different than that of Delirium and find yourself reconnecting with characters you thought you completely knew. Pandemonium will, without a doubt, have you yelling at the writing Gods for Requiem's immediate release!
Date published: 2012-02-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from strong 2nd book in trilogy The Good Stuff * Brilliant character development * The story builds slowly but it is still exciting with lots of twists and turns * The brilliantly written kissing scene reminded me of my very first passionate kiss -- with Ken Stewart - it was awesome (Both the kiss from Ken and the scene in the book ) * Loved how strong Lena became without Alex - good positive message for young women * Very strong second novel in a trilogy * Great moral questions to discuss * Totally absorbing read - sucks you in and doesn't let go * Introduction of some new complex and interesting characters really add to the story * Sorry this is a little brief but hard to give some more good points without spoiling anything The Not So Good Stuff * The jumping from past to present really through me at first (Just more of an FYI, you get into the style by fourth chapter) * The world they live in is hard to read about especially the lack of all consuming love for their children - this is an alien concept to me * The ending leaves me feeling a little nervous about book three in terms of plot (Sorry would spoil if I said more, but was irritated by the ending) Favorite Quotes/Passages "But you can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly one foot at a time. You can build an airy city out of ruins." "A world where children crack their heads on stone fireplaces and nearly gnaw off their tongues and the parents are concerned. Not heartbroken, frantic, desperate. Concerned, as they are when you fail mathematics, as they are when they are late to pay their taxes." "The animals are on the other side of the fence: monsters wearing uniforms. They speak softly, and tell lies, and smile as they're slitting your throats." Who Should/Shouldn't Read * Fans of dystopian fiction * Would highly recommend that you read Delirium first or you will be quite lost * Fans of Lauren Oliver's previous books obviously 4.5 Dewey's I borrowed this from Jenn
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderfull book,although a little predictable. I really liked it, although i found Lena's realtionship with Julian a little stiff, i supose that can't be helped considering the story line. however, it seemed she didn't make much of an effort to hold onto Alex. Of course, i knew what happpens in the ending was going to's a writing tactic used by many. other than that i wish some parts could have been better explained and/or better writen, it was an enjoyable book.
Date published: 2012-02-26

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Before I Fall: “Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live—and die.”