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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  411 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Pandora Jones wakes in an infirmary - her body weak, her memory providing only flashes of horrific scenes of death. She soon discovers that her family has succumbed to a plague pandemic which almost wiped out humanity. Pan is one of the survivors who have been admitted to The School - a quarantined, heavily guarded survival-skills facility - to recover their strength, hone ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 2014 by Allen & Unwin
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Where a deadly virus sweeps out the human race and teenagers who are immune are saved and trained for survival, Pandora Jones Admission sounds like your typical post-apocalyptic scenario. It’s actually much more than that, as a blend of post-apocalyptic, thriller and mystery.

Pandora was a bit hard to warm to at times as a fairly average teenager, with the power of intuition which helps her find lost objects and predict what
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: allen-unwin, loveozya
I really enjoyed Admission, it blended an apocalyptic storyline, with survival, romance and a psychological teen thriller that is a brilliant start to what is set to be an incredible series. Imagine everyone around you, from teachers, parents, siblings, neighbours and friends that are lying dead in the streets. A virus sweeping the globe and wiping everyone out but a few questionable strangers and yourself. With no one to turn to, and that's where your mem
Stacey Kym
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reviews
'Admission' was a novel that pleasantly surprised me. I expected something very grim and doom and gloom but I must admit that it was not the OVERLY depressing read I thought it would be. Instead the novel seemed to concentrate more on the pressure and survival that comes post-apocalyptic and the very many mysteries and secrets that seemed to lurk behind the façade of The School. Pandora was also not a character I assumed she would be; that is, perfectly enchanting, kick-ass and perfect. No, Pan ...more
May 17, 2014 rated it it was ok


Absolutely killer (pardon the pun) prologue, a diverse cast and an intriguing twist at the end, but the middle really suffers from a plodding pace. By the time the climax arrived it felt like too little too late and I had a hard time summoning any interest in the fate of the characters and the "reveal".

What really didn't work for me, however, was the dialogue, which was stilted at best and dare I say "middle-aged" at worst. I didn't for a second believe that the teen characters, or even the
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I hadn't heard of this book before I won it in a giveaway from Allen & Unwin, but when it arrived it sounded so good I started reading right away. I loved it! It's near future (I think) dystopian YA, with kind of a creepy Stephen King vibe at the start. This would be a perfect read for fans of the Divergent or Darkest Minds series, and also has a bit of a Hunger Games feel. I have it 4.5 stars and can't wait to get the sequel. ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The worst thing about PANDORA JONES: ADMISSION is that it is utterly, utterly believable! It also leaves you looking over your shoulder when you hear someone sneezing nearby. Because that is how Pandora’s world has ended – a virulent mutant flu spreads the globe in days and just about everyone is gone.

Pandora tells the story, and the first little bit of the book is about her experience of what happened that day – the day the world ended. She starts with breakfast the last morning that her famil
Gina -   Behind the Pages
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
See the original review on my blog, Behind the Pages

Thanks to Allen & Unwin for providing a copy for review

This entire novel was completely unexpected. It hooked you in, and it played with you mind, leaving you shocked and wondering what is true.

Holy. Shit.
Finishing this book, and thinking about all that happened makes me dizzy. So many things have happened, and none of it was expected in any way, shape or form. It was so random that it was perfect.

When I first saw the cover and title, and eve
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not just another dystopian thriller, there are some unexpected twists in this story, and Pandora is a fabulous heroine.
Danielle {halfdesertedstreets}
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fic, aussie, 2014
WHAT. What. I need the next book. Stat.
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Pandora Jones - Admission is a ya novel with an exciting mix of an apocalyptic scenario and a classical dystopia!
I read the German translation and you can find my German review on my blog!

In this first book in the trilogy, a virus kills the majority of humanity. It's sometimes quite gruesome but made for an exciting opening! The main character Pandora is one of the very few survivors. She wakes in the hospital of The School, where the teenagers are being trained in survival techniques. Not ever
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pandora is a smart, caring and brave character who I loved. The story was well paced and the twists and turns kept me totally engaged. Great story that I will recommend to all my students who love 'The hunger games' and 'The maze runner'. ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Admission will have you on the edge of your seat. An interesting blend of post-apocalyptic and fantasy elements, this book kicks off what is undoubtedly going to be an exciting series about a young girl who wakes up after the end of the world puts in her in a coma.

The book begins with Pandora’s disjointed and confusing memories of the last day of her life, when a worldwide tragedy struck unexpectedly, and is thus confusing and disjointed to the reader. I didn’t like this writing style very much
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
There were a lot of reasons to get drawn into this book - possible apocalypse, a school for survivors that has sinister undertones, a traumatised and probable badass heroine.
Get into the book and you're confronted with an unlikeable main character. She's closed minded - dictating other characters to be clinically depressed and at high risk of committing suicide because they don't speak often. Flimsy, calling a boy an arse, and full on thinking he's a dick at the same time as 'falling in lov
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-release, arc
*This review also appears on the blog Chasm of Books*

Thank you to Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

4.5 stars

First reaction after finishing: SAY WHAT??????? Now that is how you write an ending which leaves you dying to read the next novel in the series!

At first glance Pandora Jones: Admission may draw you in with its post-apocalyptic Australian setting and hard-hitting first pages. Set with a terrifying premise of a world where a vir
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-r-c
What a ride!

When I first read the book description I was like "this sounds a little like Resident Evil" and I LOVE Resident Evil. But the further I read the more I realised that it was far from Resident Evil but just as good.

The whole book is wrapped in an air of mystery, which is what keeps you reading to the very end. What happened to everyone else? Why is there mainly children that are survivors? Why do Pandora's memories clash so much with her dreams and sense of intuition? What REALLY is go
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
My thought when I finished the book: "It all makes sense now, but it doesn't make sense!"

This book is really something. It is so cryptic that I could not stop turning the pages. I was very curious because I literally had no idea what to expect and could not even predict what would happen next. Pandora Jones: Admission is a different kind of pageturner--I don't really know how to say this, but Admission has that continuity that made me not able to stop reading although it is full of random and in
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow!! Can ‘Pandora Jones’ be the next female hero like Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games) or Beatrice Prior (Divergent) or maybe Clair (Twinmaker:Jump). And like these books, Admission is part of a trilogy.

As soon as I started this book I could not put it down. It captured me from the start.

The main character Pandora, wakes up in an infirmary. She finds out that her family and the rest of the world have succumbed to a plague pandemic which nearly wipes out the world. From the infirmary, Pandora en
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless. This book was amazing!
Originally, from the look of the cover I thought it was going to be an action and adventure book and people going on a quest. I picked it up from the library and the cover interested me, so I got it out. Then I read the blurb and I was like, "oh, totally different from what I thought"'
This book was really good and I just couldn't put it down. It was a bit boring in the middle but towards the end my heart was beating frantically. I can't believe it ended lik
Alicia Papp
I have adored Barry Jonsberg's other books, but I'm afraid this one left me a little underwhelmed. With the bookshelves crowded with dystopian/future fiction, I'm not sure if this one added anything new to the genre. Rather strangely written, with a hybrid 1st and third person POV, it is hard to warm to the characters and the situations - it resembles Hunger Games and Divergent so closely with all the fight training, I felt like I've already been there, done that. And the main characters inabili ...more
Emily Mead
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it

Unfortunately, I wanted more with this one.

The concept was intriguing enough. I was interested about The School, and the disease that had wiped out most of the population. And some of the activities were fun to read about.

I liked Nate as well, but he was pretty much the only character I liked. Pandora Jones, our protagonist, felt a bit bland to me, and none of the other characters were very likeable.

It also fell into what I call the Dystopian Trap. As in, not enough answers, and vagu
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, read-in-2016
Reviewing this book is difficult...
On the whole, I did rather enjoy it. It was a quick read and I liked the concept.

On the other hand, I found the plot quite predictable and the characters all fell quite flat.
You would think after 250 pages I would be picturing Sam as the girl that she is, but no. My brain didn't seem to get that memo. For some reason, every time she was mentioned, I thought she was a boy.
Also, when characters die, sadness is supposed to occur. But I just didn't care. I could se
Val Probert
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Read this the first week of lockdown. The first line; "It took slightly under eight hours for Melbourne to die," was a bit spooky, considering the fear at that time around the Covid-19 pandemic. ...more
Natasha Fenwick
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-books, favorites
Once again Barry has written an amazing novel. He leaves the reader guessing what secrets are lurking at The School and what is behind the wall. Barry has captured the dystopian world amazingly by having dangers both in and out of The School; as all laws a demolished the ugly human nature emerges and a social order emerges as the weakest people are left behind. It is refreshing to read a novel where the protagonist doesn't have all the answers at their finger tips but instead has to dig for them ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book, it was very interesting and also very creepy, but the narration style bothered me. Pandora 'Pan' is meant to be averagely intelligent, but her inner monologue was overly-complicated and the dialogue seemed very forced. I don't think 'kiddo' is something people say multiple times a sentence, nor do they speak as formally as the characters in this book. However, I did really love the story, it was a really good mix of dystopia and paranormal. Sometimes I felt that the 'intuition ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Admission was amazing! It was extremely believable and utterly invigorating. The only thing I didn't like about it was the immediate love interest. I don't like how Pan immediately develops a crush on Nate, who is described as good-looking and out of Pan's league. It seems silly that in a world that is being killed the first thing to happen is the main character falling in love. To me it's stupid.

But overall it was an amazing book and I can't wait for the second. Especially because of how it lef
Christine Bongers
Three stars for the apocalyptic and gripping premise, which I did enjoy, though I kept tripping over details that took me out of the story. Like characters that didn't feel real; a heroine running and doing stairs straight out of a coma; manufactured action sequences that felt like filler and went nowhere; and a twist at the end that was too well telegraphed. Barry Jonsberg is a helluva good writer, so I expect he'll hits his stride in the next in the series (which is, I suspect, where the real ...more
Michele Barnes
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-mccleod
Another book with links to Australia. I enjoyed this story and especially the main character, Pandora Jones. Not the typical hero but someone who appealed to me with her strong nature yet a very questioning mind. The other diverse characters gave the reader plenty of people to identify with and develop a bind with. Now I need book 2.
Non stop, well written action, with a great cast of well depicted characters.

I picked the twist, but that didn't stop me from being thoroughly immersed in the mystery and the suspense.

How long till the next one?
Bronte Wright
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I read the blurb if this book and was very interested! But I was very disappointed. I only got excited near the end, which isn't very good for a book! I think because of the ending, I'll try deception! ...more
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