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Pandemonium (Fragment #2)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  711 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Deep beneath the Ural Mountains, in an underground city carved out by slave labor during the darkest hours of the Cold War, ancient caverns hold exotic and dangerous life-forms that have evolved in isolation for countless millennia. Cut off from the surface world, an entire ecosystem of bizarre subterranean species has survived undetected—until now.

Biologists Nell and Geof
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Tor Books (first published February 16th 2011)
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Kathy Cunningham
Warren Fahy's new novel, PANDEMONIUM, isn’t really a “new novel” at all – Fahy released a self-published Kindle version in February of 2011, after he and his publisher came to a parting of the ways. I was one of the ones who got a chance to read the novel back in 2011, before Fahy pulled it from circulation in favor of a 2013 hard cover release through Tor books. I enjoyed FRAGMENT, so I was expecting to like PANDEMONIUM (after all, it’s the sequel!). Fahy certainly has a real knack for creating ...more
Willy Lorenz
Mar 25, 2013 Willy Lorenz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*********SPOILER-FREE REVIEW************

The first book in the series, Fragment, presented a very unique and original storyline that dealt with an offshoot or "fragment" of evolution by explaining, through real science and speculation, what could happen if a land mass was isolated and allowed to evolve undisturbed for 500 million years. In Pandemonium, Warren Fahy brings us another untouched world deep in the Ural Mountains.

Pandemonium wastes no time jumping right back into the story from where t
Rick Fisher
Warren Fahy again invites us into his demonic world of Henders Island. Only this time, the setting is a cavernous city deep beneath the Ural mountains.
I am on the fence with this sequel. It is mainly just a rehash of "Fragment". There are a few redeeming differences, thus the three star rating.
Mr. Fahy has incorporated some new and enjoyable characters into this outing. Most notably spoiled yet lovable young Sasha, American military hero, Abrams and Russian scientist Nastia. These, along wit
Sep 04, 2014 Dustin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pandemonium, the sequel to Fragment, by Warren Fahy, is a worthy sequel that has it's own story and is not just a re-hash of the first novel. Picking up after Fragment, it has almost all the characters from Fragment, and convincingly includes them in Pandemonium's story without being ridiculous. It has a different setting and feeling than Fragment, but the same style of harrowing thrills and chills as it's predecessor. If anything there's more. So, it's pretty cool. The only thing I could gripe ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nell and Geoffrey Binswanger barely survived Hender’s Island. However what they found on the island has made them celebrities. All Nell and Geoffrey want is to get some rest and relaxation. They are heading to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Before they can make it, they get an offer they can not refuse.

Russian billionaire, Maxim Dragolovich offers them a chance to research some new subterranean species. Nell and Geoffrey agree. Nell and Geoffrey are about to learn what hell is like.

Pandemonium is
Feb 13, 2014 Danna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another win for the Big Dumb Fun category! Weirdly, this story seemed so very familiar, I thought it might be a forgotten airport bookstore discovery from long ago, but it was just published in 2013. It's possible that I might have read his first book, Fragment, and that says something about the quality of these books: fun in the moment, not all that memorable over time. (It's definitely not necessary to have read Fragment first. There was enough retelling of the events leading up to Pandemonium ...more
May 22, 2014 Reece rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenifer Mohammed
Dec 31, 2013 Jenifer Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fic
Well-written with a lot of exciting subplots, encounters with characters who may or may not be as trustworthy as they seem, dangerous creatures-most animal but some human, and potential ecological apocalypse/terrorism. Amidst all this excitement, Geoffrey and Nell, the same ethical and curious characters from Fragment, explore the depths of Pandemonium. As usual, the sels provide the beneficial long-term perspective; Hender is as interesting and philosophical as ever, what humans aspire to be an ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The long awaited sequel to 2009's FRAGMENT was worth the wait. I really enjoyed getting back into these characters and seeing the odd creatures that Warren Fahy has in these books. The new creatures were great (and i liked the illustrations in the back of the book) and I enjoyed how he had the creatures from Hender's Island show up too. Even with the big gap between books they pick up right after and it's not hard to pick up where you left off from FRAGMENT.

Overall a fun book and I really enjoy
Feb 02, 2012 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It may be time for Fahy to write a fresh new story. I think Fragment has run it's course. But pandemonium was entertaining, those who enjoyed fragment won't be disappointed.
Mar 19, 2013 Bill1971 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read, I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't LOVE Fragment. The visual descriptions were fantastic though.
Mar 11, 2017 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fragment, the predecessor to Pandemonium, is among my favorite books, because it was so unexpectedly original and offered a very dense habitat that would give Tolkien's Middle Earth and John Carpenter's Pandora a solid run for the money. I picked up Pandemonium expecting much the same, and in many ways, I was rewarded. The novel offers an even deeper dive into the strange habitats and life forms that made Fragment so great, and even offered some nice new environments and life forms that are crin ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Kevintipple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a few months since the events depicted in Fragment and the survivors who escaped from Henders Island as well as the human race in general are struggling to adjust. It hasn’t been easy for anyone. The “Hendros” are quarantined in Area 51 for their protection while the world argues as to their status. What it now means to be human is just one of the many issues facing mankind on the wake of the discovery of this separated evolutionary tangent. Henders Island no longer exists, but for Bio ...more
Jun 09, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
There was a canyon where I lived in Utah with a species of flowers that grew on both sides of the canyon, and over time the ones on the south vs. the north sides diverged in their taxonomy. This happened over a matter of decades, the main culprit being how much light they got. PANDEMONIUM by Warren Fehy takes that concept to the depths of the Earth: completely separated from the surface and its influence for millions of years, how would subterranean species evolve?

In terrifying ways, apparently.
J.F. Penn
Mar 25, 2011 J.F. Penn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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I’m justifying this as a thriller because of the fast-pace, violence and suspense but it’s also definitely speculative fiction. Basically, the back story is that Henders Island was discovered – on planet Earth – but somewhere remote and protected. It had a unique ecosystem that was basically destructive to everything and the way the creatures lived was just so different to humans. This island was destroyed when humans found it, but some
This book initially appealed to me because its synopsis sounded reminiscent of one of my favorite thrillers - Jeff Long’s The Descent. As I waited for it to arrive, I decided to pluck Fahy’s debut novel off my shelves and read it. And wow - am I ever glad that I decided to do that! Though not publicized as such, this novel is a direct sequel to Fragment, Fahy’s 2009 release. Though the novel does summarize events from the previous book, for full enjoyment of both, I would recommend reading this ...more
Kara Jorges
Mar 08, 2013 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After barely escaping the dangers of Henders Island in Fahy’s debut novel “Fragment,” newly married scientists Geoffrey and Nell Binswanger are just about to embark on an idyllic honeymoon in Hawaii. It isn’t hard to convince them to postpone it, though, when a Russian billionaire, Maxim Dragolovich, offers them each a fat paycheck to come and work in his underground city, identifying previously unseen species. Ever curious, the scientists are whisked off to Pobedograd, a city originally built b ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it fair to compare books by the same author? I mean I like Warren Fahy so far and think he has a good voice in his books so far. The thing is that this one could have been a bit better. Again. I liked it. Neat concept.

The thing is that it could have had a stronger editor I suspect. I mean, I am not talking about grammar or spelling or something here. There were a few plot holes that were big enough to be distracting but might be able to be ignored I suppose. I didn't feel like you couldn't c
Don Massi
Mar 21, 2013 Don Massi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A super intense science fiction/horror/action/thriller. I didn't think I could enjoy any Warren Fahy book more than "Fragment" but I enjoyed "Pandemonium" even more! I didn't know how much of "Fragment" would carry over to this book but Fahy brings all the best stuff. We get Nell and Geoffry Binswanger, the biologists who survived Henders Island, the intelligent Hendros who were taken off the island before it was nuked and we have the incredibly lethal species of Henders Island that somehow have ...more
Ray Palen
The first thing that hit me was the opening cover blurb --- "Like JURASSIC PARK but scarier". I expected great things as a result --- especially since I so enjoyed Fahy's first nove, FRAGMENT.

Though intimately detailed and highly imaginative, PANDEMONIUM is no FRAGMENT and not nearly worthy of Michael Crichton. After spending his previous novel on Hender's Island --- the land that time forgot --- this time around Fahy takes right into the earth's core itself. Buried beneath the Ural Mountains a
May 22, 2013 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's see ...

1. Cool setting: Check. A secret Soviet-era underground city that abuts on a gigantic cavern filled with creatures that have evolved in isolation for millions of years.

2. Cool critters: Check. Some are returning favorites from Fragment, the previous book; others are natives of the aforementioned cavern. No details; finding out is always half of the fun.

3. Cool villains: Check. Russian gangsters and various other factions of unsavory humans to serve as monster chow.

4. Fast pace: Chec
Brian Clopper
Oct 29, 2012 Brian Clopper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I love fantastic creatures and killer ecologies. Jurassic Park is still one of my all-time favorites. Fahy's Fragment is also one of my favorite killer ecology books.

Pandemonium is really a follow-up to Fragment. This time, Fahy swaps a hostile island with a lethal underground world and adds a crusty Russian villain who doesn't do much.

A few years back, my reading diet consisted of Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston, and James Rollins. Relic and Subterranean are two of my faves. I was itching
Chris Bauer
Jul 02, 2013 Chris Bauer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a big fan of Fahy's first work, "Fragment". The pace was brisk, the action scenes were really well done with ample tension, suspense and over the top imagery. I appreciated his nod to science and some of the more radical theories of biology and similar hard science topics.

"Pandemonium" delivers even more of the same. I was also impressed to notice a number of allusions to the prior work with strict attention to continuity and detail.

- Rapid fire action scenes with plenty of tension
- V
Mar 27, 2013 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Fahy's earlier work, Fragment, a adrenaline-soaked romp full of science, blood, and gore, so I was looking forward to this one. And to some extent, it met expectations. Thrill ride? Check! Imaginative science fiction? Check! Cardboard characters? Check! Blood and gore? Check!
But wait... most of the thrills in this novel are simply recycled from Fragment... SPOILER ALERT... with a dash of James Bond supervillain thrown in for good measure.

Fahy creates a whole new biological wonde
Jan 07, 2017 Ebony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Not as scary as the previous book. Although there were new creatures in this book in addition to the ones we were familiar with from the previous book, the new creatures, although dangerous did not give me the same feeling of horror as the older creatures. The book takes place in an underground city but the city isn't explored as well as it could have been. Most of the action takes place in tunnels or in the large mansion. The characters themselves weren't as fleshed out as they could ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will tell what I think without talking about any plot points because I hate spoilers of any kind!

This is a sequel to Fragment, if you have not yet read Fragment, be sure to read it first.

I really liked this book. It is science fiction based on some factual and theoretical science. I loved exploring the theories presented in this book. It is the kind of stuff that really gets me thinking. This book also explores humanity from a point of view that was pleasantly surprising. Although it is a work
Jeff Sitko
Mar 24, 2011 Jeff Sitko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pandemonium proves a spectacular read and worthy sequel to its predecessor. Warren Fahy builds superbly upon the first book and continues his hypothesis for the existence of intelligent, sentient life in a perpetually dangerous ecosystem. He opens another doorway in the imagination, allowing new hordes of his hellish menagerie to pour in unabated. While I'm reticent to make comparisons, think of a Fragment/Pandemonium transition similar to the transition from the movie "Alien" to its sequel "Ali ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Cynde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is off the chain , fantastic. Warren Fahy has the best imagination for making up creatures!
The book involves a newly-wed couple who have just finished a project on Henders Island, where they discovered a new species of sentient beings that have lived unnoticed for millions of years on earth. the creatures learn to speak english and socialize with humans. The beings also help protect the scientist from the other more lethal creatures on the island. The couple are about to take their hon
Nicole D.
I will start out by saying that these are NOT my kinds of books. I read them occasionally, and generally enjoy them but they aren't something I necessarily seek out.

That being said, this was a fine book and an adequate revisit of the monsters from Fragment, if you needed more time with the monsters from Fragment. I really didn't. That's not to say there weren't some new creatures, there were.

This time around, the characters were on my last nerve. Honey, Sweetie, Husby, etc. Barf. I didn't like t
May 30, 2014 Taksya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, avventura
Secondo episodio della serie inaugurata con Fragments.
Diverso scenario, ma stesso impianto della storia. Nicchie ecologiche completamente separate dal mondo ed evolutesi in maniera inaspettata rispetto al resto della fauna/flora del pianeta.
I sopravvissuti al primo episdoio della storia vengono utlizzati per combattere le nuove specie cavernicole, tutto condito da un complotto che collega vari governi e criminali di vari paesi.
Il lieto fine non è scontato, ma prevedibile. Gli inseguimenti e le v
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Author of the New York Times bestseller FRAGMENT, nominated for a BSFA and the International Thriller Writers Best First Novel Award, the sequel PANDEMONIUM and his latest book, the epic fantasy CRIMSON.
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