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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jaime's Review of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

From Goodreads.
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.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Jaime’s review….

During my week off from review books Delirium was on my list and the minute I picked it up I was sucked into this amazing dystopian world where love is outlawed. When I first met Lena she completely broke my heart how could a girl not want to love? But then we both met Alex and we both fell hard for the boy with hair like an auburn crown and I didn’t want this love story to ever end! Then it did and it killed me I cried and was completely stunned with what happened.

Skip forward to Pandemonium I was so mad with Lauren for what happened at the end of Delirium that I didn’t want to like this book. I really didn’t and when I heard some non spoilery stuff online like there being another boy I did not want to fall for him at all. I wanted to stay true to Alex. As the story unfolded though I found it hard not to care about this new boy Julian I fought my emotions hard I could not be falling for another one could I? The same thing Lena was thinking.

What I loved about this book was like in Delirium we jumped between Then and Now. Then being The Wilds after Lena’s escape from Portland and Now being set in New York where she is part of the Resistance working hard to make love legal again. I really enjoyed the Ten parts because we get to meet some really cool people I know a lot of the reviews say they hated Raven at first but I didn’t I got her and why she acted the way she did. I also grew really fond of Hunter and Tack. In the Now is where I found myself fighting and losing my battle not to fall in love with Julian who in all rights I should have hated he was part of the bad people, the ones who want to do away with love, but something happens and well I’ll just say wow! Oh and then the ending??? I kinda saw it coming for a few reasons but all I can say is holy crap that blew my mind and book 3 now please! The wait is going to suck for sure.

I had a really hard time picking a quote or scene from this one there’s so much spoilery but I think I found a good one….

“You were calling for Alex,” Julian says, and I feel a small spasm of pain in my stomach. More silence, then: “It was him, wasn’t it? He’s the one who got you sick?”

“What does it matter?” I say. I lie down again.

“So what happened to him?” Julian asks.

“He died,” I say shortly, because that is what Julian wants to hear. I picture a tall tower, smooth-sided, stretching all the way to the sky. There are stairs cut in the side of the tower, winding up and up. I take the first step into the coolness and shade.

“How?” Julian asks. “Because of the deliria?” I know if I say yes he’ll feel good. See, he’ll think. We’re right. We’ve been right all this time. Let people die, so we can be right.

“You,” I say. “Your people.”

Julian sucks in a quick breath. When he speaks again, his voice is softer. “You said you never had nightmares.”

I wall myself up inside. From the tower, the people on the ground are no more than ants, specks, punctuation marks: easily smudged out.

“I’m an Invalid,” I say. “We lie.”

Ok so I hope that didn’t tease you too much because you don’t have that long to wait 

Pandemonium comes out February 28th so pre-order it on Amazon
Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository.

If you haven’t make sure to add Pandemonium to your Goodreads lists and check out Lauren’s website!

A huge thanks to Harper Teen for the Advanced Reading Copy! As always you are too good to us!


  1. Aww...

    Well. I agree that I liked the time in the Wilds way more than NOW. Honestly, I found it disappointing. The book seemed like filler in which the only point (b/c really, the only thing that TRULY happened) was the boy, Julian. It was all set up to a triangle and that was really frustrating to me.

    Meanwhile, the Wilds seemed like more of the story and I wanted more time to be spent there--it was more interesting to me.

    But, I'll read the third one just b/c I wanna know what's happened.

    Good review.

  2. OH MY. I'm afraid to read this book because I'm afraid I'm going to like this Julian...but I kinda really want to read it, especially with that teaser. :)

  3. Nice review! I can't wait to see what I think of Raven...;-)

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  4. I had NO idea there'a another boy! OMG! I've been staying away from anything in regards to this book, but I've been curious!

    Now I'm even more excited for this book! I can't wait until the end of Feb. to get here!


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