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Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

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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.

In this electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller Delirium, Lauren Oliver sets Lena on a dangerous course that hurtles through the unregulated Wilds and into the heart of a growing resistance movement. This riveting, brilliant
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ebook, 248 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Nifemi Dude how is that even a question? I just started the book but its a YA fiction. A main character like Alex can"t die until at least the last book
Rishiwizzz It really depends on your taste of books. I personally didn't like it because I expected a lot more action and twists like a usual dystopian novel…moreIt really depends on your taste of books. I personally didn't like it because I expected a lot more action and twists like a usual dystopian novel (The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc) but if you wanted more romance in the first book then why not?(less)

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Lindsay
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Pre Review:

If Alex doesn't make it...then my heart will implode. I really hope that Pandemonium has the following or I'm not sure I'd make it through this book:

-Alex is alive, in prison, and not "cured" (because no one better touch a hair on his head!!!)
-Lena WAITS for him, gets stronger, and *drum roll* rescues him
-Lena doesn't fall in love with some other dude with pretty eyes and kissable lips or I'd SOS him.
(Shoot on Sight)

So the book is coming out February 28 and I preordered my copy!!!!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

P
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Ela
Jul 05, 2012 Ela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also posted on my blog, YA Anonymous.

My God. That ending. That had to be the most awkward "awkward moment" I've ever read in a book. EVER.









But then a bit later on, it hits me how hilarious the situation Lena's gotten herself in and the laughter starts.







Oh, Lena. You poor, poor girl.

But what a hell of a book. Where is the next one when I need it the most?

***

Before reading Pandemonium, I really doubted that this book could follow up to Delirium and its (tragic) ending. There had just been too many
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shady
Read a more coherent review of this book over at my blog.

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OMG. OH MY GOD.

OH. MY. FUCKING. CLIFFHANGER.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH.






*several screaming fits later*


















(view spoiler)

(For those of you who haven't read this book, DO NOT click that. >_> It'll ruin the entire book. I warned you. For those of you who have read it, well, be m
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Sorry folks, there might be some spoiler-age for the outcome of book 1 (the previous book) in this review because I have a wee bit of an incoming rant ready to go and I don't think I can hold it back. *edit* while this review only has spoilers for book 1, you may want to avoid the comments discussion below the review if you don't want book 2 spoiled.
"I'm scared."
He barely whispers it; but I can feel his lips moving against my neck, as though the words are being spelled there.
"I know," I say. "
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kari
Aug 06, 2013 kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012
A very very VERY begrudging two stars. I'd give it a one, but I reserve those for books I truly loathe and I just dislike this one.
So.
I have grown tired of poorly created dystopian worlds that exist not to make us think, but only as a prop for.... what do you think it will be?
Guess.
Guess.
I dare you.
Yeah, we are there yet again. In the ubiquitous love triangle. So manufactured and so terribly unneccessary and really, can these authors think of nothing else to add tension to a story or, I sho
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Kat Kennedy
Oh! Urrrrrrr. *Gurgle* Kapowy! *Splutter* *Cough* *Die*

dies

Okay, Pandemonium was a HUGE improvement over Delirium for me. First of all, the world seemed A LOT more consistent. The world building was an improvement as well.

Perhaps the biggest improvement was Lena herself. No more whiny, annoying, insecure little girl. This Lena has been through the fire, got burnt and is fighting to survive. What I love is that Lena has grown, become capable, assertive, intelligent and shrewd. There were parts of thi
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Taschima Cullen
You can find more reviews @BloodyBookaholic

You know how sometimes authors get a little, am, lazy on the second book of the series? It never seems to live up to the hype? Ends up kind of sucking? Yeah... (*cough*Crossed*cough*)... I know all about it and somewhere along the way you have learned this too.

I am proud to announce that Pandemonium was AMAZING, it LIVES UP TO THE HYPE, and it won't let you down at all. Such a freaking revelation. Why aren't books more like this?!

The thing that saved th
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Angel
Original review:

HOLY SHIT.





Review to come when I can actually see through my frustrated tears.


You can find this review and many more at Mermaid Vision Books!

Release Date:February 28, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 375
Format: Hardcover
Source: ARC received from publisher

Tell Me More:Around page 301, I posted this status update on Goodreads:"I think--no, I KNOW--that everyone who I forced to read Delirium is going to hate me forever." While most people who readDelirium loved
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Jennifer
Jul 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed
This book takes place "now" and "then". This confused the heck out of me for the first couple chapters probably because I didn't pay attention to the chapter's titles I was just so excited to get reading. "Then" starts in August and is everything that takes place from the minute Lena left Alex and ran into the wilds. We get to see every heartbreaking struggle as she found a new place to stay and met new people. She isn't sure whether she wants to live or die but she wants to be strong for Alex. ...more
Venezia
I almost had a heart attack when I saw the cover!!!! :) So beautiful! Delirium is one of my favourite books ever!!! The story and Oliver's writing... Gah I can't even explain what it did to me. I finished the whole book in one sitting which should mean something. I just pray for one thing. I'm positive that Alex is alive. I'm not sure if he'll have the cure or not. The only thing I don't want in Pandemonium is a love triangle. I'm sorry but this always kills romance for me. In my opinion someone ...more
Princess Bookie
Dec 01, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2011
My Thoughts: DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ DELIRIUM. AND IF YOU HAVEN'T, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????


Uh, I'll start this review off with what I wrote on goodreads as soon as I finished.

If you thought Delirium was great you will be blown away by Pandemonium. I wish I had the next book. OMG. I want to both cry and scream right now.....

Why, why, why did I read this so soon? LOL

I had a feeling it was going to end like that but to actually have it happen is going to drive me nuts now s
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박은수
Just finished "Delirium"..my eyes are so swollen from crying I can barely see the screen..I was so sad and cursing Lauren Oliver for making such a beautiful story and screwing up the ending but seeing "Pandemonium"..It's hope..i'm sure Alex isn't dead ..she's gonna go back and find him in the Crypts just like her mom and she'll go back and save him...I don't know how I'll be able to wait 9 months but I hope it's worth it !
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
What fall in love again? But I don't want you to fall in love again dammit. ALEX IS THE ONE! *cries*
Lindsey
I fell in love with Delirium as hard as Lena fell for Alex, and when the ending hit, my heart tore into two directions. One, I wanted to jump inside the book and throw Alex over the fence; second, I practically cried and pushed Lena into the woods. It was tragic like Romeo and Juliet, and I can't wait for Pandemonium.

But watch this happen...

Lena is living on her own in the Wilds, having a good time and feeling free. And she meets some guy and he becomes her first real friend while she's there a
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Lucia
Mar 02, 2012 Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would just like you to know that I am screaming. That's what this book made me feel like. I finished it, and these were my thoughts:


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OHMIGOODNESSWHATTHEHECKJUSTHAPPENED? *head explodes*


Alright, so maybe my head is still is fine condition. But that was a pretty good representation of what I felt. This book was amazing. If you loved Delirium, you are going to want to eat this one. (Apparently "eat" is above "love" o
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Muse
Pre read review:

Oh lord. Why do I have to wait so long? *whines*

Alex. Alex. Answer me: are you alive? Please tell me you're alive. *cries* Don't die, please don't die.

REVIEW

Oh my goshhh.
Okay.
Guys.
I have a confession.
I am a huge sucker for terrible romance and love triangles. I know, I know.

I kind of saw the ending coming (view spoiler)
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
I was still hurting for Delirium- hurting because I still couldn't and wouldn't accept that Alex is gone. It was also very painful reading the aftermath of Alex's loss to Lena as she tries to accept her new life and become part of the resistance. I admire her courage and strength for accepting very challenging tasks assigned to her by Raven especially when she saves Julian from his execution. Despite herself and her love for Alex, I understand why she has to let go and give her heart to Julian. ...more
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
I need MORE stars, many more stars. Wow, what a book. My heart started beating double time from the first page until the last. And, again, a HUGE cliff hanger. First, I'll address what I didn't like about this book. Each chapter is entitled either Then or Now. It goes back and forth between the past and present. Normally I might not mind this so much but the entire book is so darn intense. Each chapter has so much going on and since you are dealing with two different times and each one has huge ...more
Jasmine Veal
Apr 18, 2012 Jasmine Veal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Absolutely amazing!
Finished Pandemonium 10 minutes ago!
I was extremely lucky to get an advanced copy of Pandemonium. And forgive me for a MINOR spoiler but as I was looking at the "reviews" that people have posted about their anticipation for the thrilling sequel and couldn't help but chuckle about your fears of what may happen with Lena, some were dead on!
That being said when you rush to your local Barnes and Noble to pick up your copy(that you should have pre-ordered)please begin with an op
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars

Oh wow, I read this exactly a month ago, so I guess it's about time I got around to reviewing it. On top of that, I read the whole thing in like two sittings so now my memory of it is a bit foggy. It kind of went by in a blur. So when I try to remember it my brain is kind of like:



Uhhh, so what happened in this book?

Oh yeah. So, Lena has escaped into the Wilds to hang out with other rebel people. Alex has supposedly died. Although Lena has now gotten away from the cure, th
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Coranne
Oct 28, 2011 Coranne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*****WARNING******
This review WILL contain spoilers. I will try to be as vague as possible with details, but if you do not want spoilers- please don't read this!


I have a theory. You see, I just finished Pandemonium ten minutes ago and couldn't stop thinking about it. I NEEDED to get my thoughts down on paper. This doesn't happen very often with book reviews. My theory is this: the Delirium trilogy is similar to a puzzle. In the first book, Lena is docile, weak, and meek. In this book, Lena is t
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Raeleen Lemay
please don't tell me I'm the only one who wasn't even a little surprised by that ending.
Phoenix2
Feb 27, 2016 Phoenix2 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dystopian fans
Maybe it's the fact that Delirium blow me away and therefore I had high standards for Pandemonium. Or maybe it is the fact that Pandemonium felt like a book from an entire different series. Lena is not the Lena from Delirium. To be honest, there was always that other self inside the first Lena, the one that said grey if you can recall, but this Lena felt like a stranger. More like a warrior-resistance fighter, trained assassine kind of girl than the student whose biggest revolution was to sneack ...more
Clau R.
OMFG.

I loved this book SO MUCH. I couldn't put it down. Why you people don't like Julian? He's PERFECT, I tell you, perfect. I liked Alex, I really did, but I LOVED Julian. I'm totally team Julian, and I'm willing to know what happens in Requiem.

AND THE ENDING. It has the worst cliffhanger EVER. Well, the worst in a good way. I started cursing when I finished it, lucky I already have my copy of Requiem with me and I'll start reading it tonight.

OH, words can't express how much I loved this book
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Aly's Bookish Wonderland
Actual rating: 2.5

“Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you - sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.”




Pandemonium really surprised me. For me, it sort of fixed some of the issues I had with Delirium:

- Lena's personality & attitude
- The Instalove (although it is, as always, ever pr
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Dija
After the way Delirium ended, I was really excited about starting Pandemonium and looking forward to seeing how the characters and story would develop. I thought all my misgivings about Lena, her world, and the plot would finally be put to rest in this one. Regrettably, Pandemonium started off on the wrong foot, got successively worse, stayed that way throughout the book, but managed to end on a slightly better note.

The one thing I cannot overlook while reading a sequel is the character develop
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Reynje

After being left with decidedly lukewarm feelings for Delirium, I was both surprised and pleased to find that I enjoyed reading the sequel.

While the majority of my issues with the premise remain unchanged, I found them less of a hindrance to my reading experience this time around. Oliver’s dystopian alternate history is still riddled with weaknesses and questionable logic, yet with the focus shifted to action, rather than exposition, it’s much easier to just roll with this world as Oliver prese
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Aleeeeeza
i think it's safe to say that lauren oliver is pretty much the master of evil cliffhangers. just...fcdgkfcksfjsh.

Gracie
Dec 17, 2011 Gracie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley-grab
They say, "Patience is a Virtue"

I say, "Waiting for this book will be the death of me!2012 could not come any sooner..."

I swear, I will do illegal things just to get my hands on this book!!!

Ariana
Dec 13, 2014 Ariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow.. I can't believe it myself, but I loved it!



What a wonderful surprise!
You know, there is nothing better in this world than being wrong when something good is about to happen.

Usually I keep things simple when it comes to reading:
I like the first book in the series, then I continue reading the rest of them; I don’t like the first book, then I stop.
This was not the case…

This book called me – It’s not that I loved the cover (which is beautiful, but I still don’t think that it fits the story), i
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Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of content development company Paper Lantern Lit. 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 ...more
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