Pandemonium By Lauren Oliver A Review

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

Author: Lauren Oliver

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Publishing Date: February 28, 2012



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.


If I had to pick my favorite new-to-me author of 2012, I would pick Lauren Oliver. I was first introduced to Lauren Oliver through her first book Before I Fall (my review can be found on my other blog here). I loved it so much, I had to pick-up Delirium which is amazing and let me to read book two in the series, Pandemonium.

Lena is now in the Wilds, having made it over the fence alone, at the end of Delirium. The chapters are broken up into Now and Ten which depicts Lena when she is first found in the Wilds and the present, where she is working for the resistance. The concept of dual personas, remains throughout Pandemonium. Lena is a broken shell when she is first found, weak, heartbroken over all that she has lost. She starts to build up walls against feeling the pain and tries to put the past behind her.

On her first mission for the resistance, she is forced to confront the two Lena’s and decide if she wants to continue not to feel. If she wants to let society, either the zombie society of the cured or even that of the resistance, to tell her how she should feel. Through Oliver’s deft writing, the choices Lena makes begin to unfold until she decides to take a stand for what she knows is right.

I really enjoyed the many shades of gray throughout Pandemonium. The lines blur between the good guys and the bad guys. Lena is forced to make her own path, even if she has to do it alone. The passion and feeling of young love is written beautifully. You get just a taste to feel some of what the characters are feeling. That fleeting hint of young love and passion.

Pandemonium is a great follow-up to Delirium. The progress that Lena makes leads us effortlessly into book three without Pandemonium feeling like filler. I am anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this wonderful series.

Summary and cover image from goodreads.




  1. I loved Pandemonium too. I thought it was a big improvement from Delirium. If you haven’t already, Liesl & Po is worht checking out. It made me cry.
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    • I have heard good things about Liesl & Po. Lauren Oliver is one of those authors who I would read anything she writes.

  2. It’s interesting that you didn’t feel like this book was ‘filler’ I’ll admit that I put off reading it myself because with the cliffhanger at the end of book 1 I didn’t want to jump off another one at the end of book 2 with a whole year to wait for book 3! I’ve made it this far, so I think it’ll stay unread until February – but I’m happy to hear that it has merit of it’s own accord…not just a place marker for the final ending.
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    • The cliffhanger at the end of Delirium is a doozy. If you’ve already waited this long, waiting until the third books is out is a great idea. Much less pain involved because, not to give anything away, Pandemonium does end on a cliffhanger too.

      The book two filler issue can really be so annoying. I just finished reading Crossed and I think it is a perfect example of this. The book was OK, nowhere near as good as the first book, but it really does not stand on it’s own. I hate to give up on a series but that can make me less likely to read book three in that case.

      • Hmm. I’ve wondered about starting the Matched series. I like that all three books are out – so I could zip through – but I’ve heard mixed reviews about the series in general. And almost nothing about book 3…
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        • I liked Matched but like I said above, Crossed is pretty much all filler. It’s not a bad book but it felt like it was really stretching out the story to fit it into a trilogy. I have not read anything about Reached but do plan on picking that one up eventually because I always will finish a series.

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