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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,
push,
push,
push,
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
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Hardcover, 329 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published 2012)
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Regina Omg I can't believe I am saying this because I was really loving Alex and Lena, but come on, Julian turned up to be quite adorable.

I am now shipping…more
Omg I can't believe I am saying this because I was really loving Alex and Lena, but come on, Julian turned up to be quite adorable.

I am now shipping Julian and Lena. Decision made (even when it looks pretty obvious that Lena will end up with Alex but ah well..)(less)
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♥ Sarah ♥
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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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Ivana
How. How was that the sequel to Delirium? I'm so disappointed. That was shit house. Absolute shit house.
sunset shimmer
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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Ela
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?

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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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Darlalala
EDIT: Finally. FINALLY! I was able to finish Pandemonium and oh.my.gosh. The moment all of us have been dreading for.. Ta da! (view spoiler) Although the full blast will be on the next book :p

Anyway Pandemonium is a little bit dragging although it's good that Lena's starting to get strong here.
In the romance dept. (view spoiler) He didn't gr
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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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kari
Aug 06, 2013 kari rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, ya
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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Ta§chima 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
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
May 05, 2012 Venezia added it
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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
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Aug 10, 2011 Aly (Fantasy4eva) marked it as to-read
What fall in love again? But I don't want you to fall in love again dammit. ALEX IS THE ONE! *cries*
Princess Bookie
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 !
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
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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Yue [Wonder of living]
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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Jasmine Veal
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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Raeleen Lemay
please don't tell me I'm the only one who wasn't even a little surprised by that ending.
Aly∞
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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Coranne
*****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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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
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!!!

Brianna
Aug 23, 2011 Brianna marked it as to-read
I hope Lena doesn't spend the majority of this book whining :/ Oh, and I really hope there's not going to be a love triangle or else I won't finish these books.
Ariana
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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She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After colleg
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