Pandemonium

Pandemonium

Book - 2012
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After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061978067
006197806X
9780061978074
0061978078
Branch Call Number: / SF OLIVER LAUREN
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 22 cm

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JHope24601
Jul 26, 2017

I enjoyed this sequel to Delirium quite a bit! The only thing that I kept thinking throughout reading this was, "Don't give up on Alex!" While I do like Julian a lot, to me, he was more of someone Lena had to take care of versus Alex would take care of Lena. That was just a personal thing though. The ending was pretty predictable and I disagree with people saying that they hated it. I thought it was good and left you waiting for the next book.

One reason that I'm giving it four stars is for some of the action sequences. While I get that the author is trying to give the appearance of Lena being confused and not sure what is going on around her, it left me confused and not sure what was going on. Then all of a sudden whatever happened is over and we've moved on already.

Other than that I liked it quite a bit!

(Side note: there is a fair amount of vulgar language throughout this book.)

-Jessica Hanner

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blue_dog_8329
Sep 14, 2016

This wasn't as good as the first, but it still was a quick and pretty good read. I still could predict three of the main plot twists chapters before they happened though... I'm still looking forward to the third!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 16, 2016

Pandemonium is the second book of the trilogy by Lauren Oliver, following Lena Haloway as she is struggling to survive in the wilds, while being taken care of a group of invalids. Slowly Lena starts to regain some of her strength and starts to heal herself both physically, and mentally. In this book, we watch Lena’s character grow from the shy, law-abiding Lena we knew in the first book, to this new rebellious Lena. Lena is initiated into a group called the Resistance, which is a group of fighters that have dedicated themselves to resist government control, and Lena is given her first mission: To keep an eye on Julian Fineman, who is the son of the head of the DFA (Deliria Free America.) While Lena is in a DFA meeting keeping a careful watch on Julian, the meeting suddenly turns violent as a group of un-cured start a rally, and Lena and Julian are kidnapped. While Lena and Julian are trapped together, Julian learns that Lena is not actually cured, and we see them slowly start to fall for one another, which was predictable. Finally, Julian and Lena escape together to the wilds, where Lena learns two shocking truths…
- @Alicat15 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Nymeria23
Jan 24, 2016

Alex is gone, and Lena is alone in the Wilds. Bloodied, broken, and bruised, she stumbles through the woods until she can't go any further. Then, salvation comes in the face of Raven and the people in her homestead. A safe haven filled with uncureds like her, a place where Lena can get back on her feet and recover after the ordeal she experienced escaping from Portland.
Flash-forward six months to Brooklyn, where Lena is living the life of a fake girl for the Resistance. And her mission; keep an eye on the DFA and most of all, Julian Fineman, the DFA leader's son and face of the movement. He stands for everything she is against, but she is forced to tolerate his presence when both are kidnapped by the Scavengers. But something doesn't seem right about the situation to her. Certain things appear too easy, her clues and assistance from Tack and Raven appear to be too useful for the random situation she has found herself in. She needs to find a way out before her and Julian are killed, and before her toleration turns into something more.

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xzoelhx
Aug 25, 2015

thought this book was a great sequel! loved the way it alternated from past and present! the book was filled with action and an absolutely amazing ending that i never expected! i love this book!!

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crazycoolbff
Sep 11, 2014

O MY GOSH!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THE ENDING!!! TOTALLY WAS'T EXPECTING IT!!!

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nickeldime
Aug 13, 2014

I liked this book better than the first in this trilogy. Oliver took her time developing the plot, but it was well worth it.

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Owaiskg
Apr 01, 2014

An entertaining sequel to Delirium, with surprises and action. Although the narration of two different stories/time was a bit confusing sometimes, the book keeps the reader interested.

angiem99 Mar 29, 2014

This book was so addicting and a bran new character is introduced who is so easy to fall in love with. The pages literally turned themselves for me and the ending was so intense. This is definitely my favorite book out of the trilogy.

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jorbenton
Oct 11, 2013

Really enjoyed this book! Absolutely loved the cliff hanger at the end. I couldn't wait to get my hands on Requiem! I wouldn't say that it's the best book I've ever read, but as part of the trilogy, def worth the read!

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crazyflipper247
Jun 07, 2014

"Raven called my runs "little," as though they're some king of game. But I've left bits of myself out there-skin, blood, sweat, and vomit-bits of Lena Haloway, flaking off in pieces, scattered in the dark." ~Lena

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crazyflipper247
Jun 07, 2014

"My life is beginning again." ~Lena

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Black_Panda_1
Jun 10, 2012

“I wonder if this is how people always get close: they heal each other's wounds; they repair the broken skin.”

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Mahala
May 07, 2012

"Don't believe her!"

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anigirl10
Apr 05, 2012

"Until then: I Run"

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anigirl10
Apr 05, 2012

"this is the world we live in, a world of safety and happiness and order, a world without love"

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anigirl10
Apr 05, 2012

"If you're smart, you care. And if you care, you love."

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renheart115
Apr 05, 2012

The tunnels may be long, and twisted, and dark; but you are supposed to go through them.

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renheart115
Apr 05, 2012

'I don't know what's supposed to happen next.' Lena: 'You're not supposed to know.'

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JHope24601
Jul 26, 2017

JHope24601 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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blue_dog_8329
Sep 14, 2016

blue_dog_8329 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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crazycoolbff
Sep 11, 2014

crazycoolbff thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Owaiskg
Apr 01, 2014

Owaiskg thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

angiem99 Mar 29, 2014

angiem99 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jcx16
Aug 06, 2012

jcx16 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Mahala
May 07, 2012

Mahala thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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BupMang thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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JHope24601
Jul 26, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some very intense scenes as well as murders and death. Just a forewarning.

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JHope24601
Jul 26, 2017

Coarse Language: Definitely a fair amount of language! I would recommend older teens/young adults read this book for this reason.

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Mahala
May 07, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: slight violence

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Black_Panda_1
Jun 10, 2012

originally, lena ran into the wild with alex, her lover. however, through the process of escaping to the wilds, alex gets killed, or thats what lena thought. lena falls in love with a new boy, julian, but suddenly, alex reappears. what will happen?

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Mahala
May 07, 2012

Pandemonium picks up right where Delirium ends in the aftermath of Lena making it to the Wilds, with Alex presumably left behind and killed. This book is composed as a series of flashbacks of her life in the Wilds and her present time as an active part of the Resistance.

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