Review * Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

April 28, 2012 Reviews 9 ★★★★

Review * Pandemonium by Lauren OliverPandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 28, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 375
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Delirium, Requiem
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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,
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.


I do not like include any spoilers in my reviews, however because Pandemonium is the second book in a trilogy I am giving fair warning that there is a HUGE spoiler from Delirium included in my review. It can’t be helped!

What I Thought…

  • I can’t say I was surprised by the ending, or rather what happened at the end, but I was kind of irritated with it because I wanted this book to be different, and not do what I figured it was going to do from the ending of Delirium.  If you’ve read the books this should make sense.
  • One of the best things about Pandemonium was that it wasn’t the typical less than exciting middle book in a trilogy, nor was it the same formula as Delirium.
  • The Then chapters were very informative I liked the Now chapters better.  There were so many things going on and so many hints on what might happen in the future.  There were so many eye opening things.
  • I liked Lena a lot more in Pandemonium.  She lost the naivety that she had in Delirium and I loved the Then chapters where she was gaining her strength (physical and mental).  And her planning and strategy in the Now chapters.
  • Lena thought about Alex a lot.  And it wasn’t just “oh I miss him” “what will I do without him” though there was a bit of that, but she understood in her head that he would never be coming back to her and made herself  accept it.  She made a lot of decisions based on what Alex would have/had done, especially in regards to Julian.  A lot of the explanations she gave Julian were very similar to how Alex explained things to her.
  • I really, really liked Julian.  He was completely different from Alex, but he was a strong character, and even though he was raised like Lena he had some pretty good intuition and street smarts that he didn’t handicap her.
  • One of the things that was a bit different in this book (compared to other trilogies/series) was that all the characters except for Lena were new.  I liked Raven and Tack (I loved their bantering!) even though I didn’t agree 100% with the way they did things.  They were pretty well balanced and did what they needed to do, even if it wasn’t always popular.  Raven’s backstory was one of my favorites.

Overall this was an excellent follow up to Delirium and I really wish that I wouldn’t have put off reading it for so long!

Other Books in the Series

Delirium by Lauren Oliver


9 Responses to “Review * Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver”

  1. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    Great review, Kim, you reminded me why I liked it so much! And Julian, sigh. Loved him!

    Still hate this cover though! That damn flower thing looks like a huge fugly earring. I hate it!

  2. Erin

    I have to respectfully disagree with you about Julian. :) I so loved Alex that I just couldn’t love Julian. The whole time, I could see where things were going with him and I kind of hated him for it. Not because he was a horrible character (all other things considered, I would have loved him), but because he was essentially replacing a character I loved so dearly. He was what kept it from 5 stars for me. LOL Leave it to me to let a fictional boy impact my love of a book so strongly.

    I do agree with you, though about the ending. I kind of saw it coming, but I think, in my case, it was because I was hoping so strongly that was where it was heading.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I did love Alex, I really, really did, but then I fell into the trap that Lauren Oliver laid for me and I got sucked into Julian, even though I KNEW what was going to happen. Though this is probably the first time that I can honestly say, at this point, I’d be satisfied either way.

  3. Bittner

    I haven’t read Delirium yet, but I will be very soon because it is our most recent book club selection! So, once I’ve read that one I’ll come back

  4. Jenny

    People keep raving about this series and I own Delirium but I still haven’t read it. :( Expectations are too high.

  5. fakesteph

    I need to read this one. I haven’t because it seems like it is completley different from Delirium… differnt structure, different kind of story, different characters. But now I think I might relate to this one better than the first book.