➸ [Reading] ➺ Pandemonium By Lauren Oliver ➭ – Uroturk.info
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 Before reading Pandemonium, I really doubted that this book could follow up to Delirium and its tragic ending There had just been too many shitty sequels that could make me enthusiastic about reading them But I really should ve known better than to doubt Lauren Oliver.In Pandemonium, Lena is having to survive in the Wilds with her new friends, is having to prove herself worthy to be in the resistance, and is having to forget the boy who made her rebel in the first place, infected her, Alex I know that in Delirium, a number of people didn t find Lena that kick ass heroine that we all love in her defense, all those rules would scare me too, into rebelling But in Pandemonium, I feel that she definitely redeemed herself Now without all those regulations and boundaries, Lena was able to unleash her inner survivalist, which wasn t a very easy thing to do, after all that she s been through She even is deemed strong enough by her fellow rebels to be part of the resistance I definitely sawof Lena in action scenes and winning in this book than in the previous So I definitely think of her as part of the kick ass heroine club now.I also know that a lot of you didn t really like the fact that Lena is allegedly going to fall in love with someone other than Alex, and I m sorry to tell you guys, but that fact is true If that is enough for you to run away screaming from this book, by all means, do, but let me just tell you now, you are missing out on a hell of a lot of goodies if you do that I have to admit though, I did kind of dislike Lena s new love interest It might be because he, for me, was a little naive or it could be plainly just because he wasn t Alex Also, at times, I felt that their relationship was a little forced The love interest, Julian, would say weird things like, your hair smells like roses or your waist is so small yes , that not only creeped Lena out, but creeped me out too I don t know if it was just lack of being around females that made him act this way and trust me I go to an all girls school and whenever a person of the opposite walks by, my beloved classmates throw themselves at him or what, but I was pretty skeptical of him at first After a while, though, and getting to know his character , he grew on me, but of course, before it gotthan that, the ending got in the way of everything as expressed in the mini review above.An aspect of the book I really enjoyed was Lena s life in the Wilds In Delirium we didn t really get to experience the Wilds too much and that was something I was really looking forward to in this book As cool as I thought it would be, living in the Wilds, it ended up not being the paradise that I was expecting It was actually pretty brutal out there, and with the addition of Scavengers Invalids that attack just for kicks it became even harder to survive out there I quite liked all the new characters too, Raven, Tack, Hunter Loved them, and the fact that they gave birth to Lena in the woods, as Lena said about Raven in the book Other than creepy Julian and the random add of Scavengers and the possible future love triangle as hinted in the ending of Pandemonium , I very, very much enjoyed this book, and you have no idea how much I m craving for the next and final book But I guess after that killer cliff hanger, who wouldn t 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 should say, to lengthen a story Again, too much of this book is wandering in the Wilds, in the cold, in the snow, and some of the things make no sense They have no eating utensils None So they eat with their hands They have plates, cooking pots, they even have metal traps for hunting but not a single spoon or fork And so I am stuck on that Why I think they could find some small tree branch, whittle a bowl shape at one end and you ve got a spoon Surely while they are sitting around in the evenings, someone could be creating some spoons It just seemed stupid.And again, if you are creating this world, kindly explain it WHY did the government decide love was a disease How did this happenTo say, here is this world, but never explain anything about it, well, that feels like lazy writing It feels like a child stamping their feet and declaring because I said so rather than crafting an intelligently thought out society Yes, outlawing love in general makes absolutley no sense and because of that, the author needs to sell it to me with everything she has that it does in some way make sense to the leaders of this world.There are small things that I feel were put there to make you think there is some weird sexual obsession by the government, but that goes nowhere Example page 50 I hurry to the metal detector and unload my bag, then stand with arms and legs splayed while a man sweeps impassively with the wand over my breasts and between my legs As I read this, I was thinking this is so ridiculous She could have a weapon in her boot or up her sleeve or tucked in the back waistband of her pants, but as long as she doesn t shove it in her crotch or between her breasts, they ll never find it What is so scary that they have to scan breasts and between the legs How about simply saying while a man sweeps impassively with the wand over every inch of my body That would at the very least make sense and not put the message that somehow women s private areas have become the things about which safety experts are the most concerned What is the point of saying it that way There is also this which bugged me enough that I went back to reference it.Description of Julian There is a long thin gash that runs from his eyebrow to his jaw Description of Alex a scar runs from his eyebrow all the way down to his jaw Hmmm Just bothered me Oh, well What I liked best about the first book is completely gone from this one First, I really thought the chapter headings being reading from The Book of SHHH and others added a lot of understanding and entertainment to the first book None of that is in this one.Second, I applauded the fact that we didn t have a love triangle Well, folks, I spoke too soon As I ve said, this entire book is nothingthan a set up for the third book which is going to be all about the triangle.I also didn t care for the way the story is told in this one, with chapters titled Now and Then as the story goes back and forth between Lena s arrival in the Wilds and her life later in Brooklyn There wasn t any reason for this, particularly as the Then portion just ends without actually linking up with the Now And most of the Then is just about how she learns to live in the Wilds and could have really been perhaps one chapter Again, though, if you re going to write a trilogy instead of one decent book, you ve got to fill those pages somehow.The new love feels nothing so much as contrived Yes I know there will be other readers who will say how much they love Julian and isn t he wonderful But, in my opinion, the whole relationship feels forced It s as if the author most of all wanted a new relationship can t have a triangle without a new guy, after all so she found a way to force Lena to spend time alone with a cute boy and let the longing glances begin Really It feels false Or perhaps her feelings for either of these guys are nothing special as this is the first straight boy she s been alone with since Alex.And speaking of Alex, Lena just moves on Oh, yes, she is heartbroken and woebegone, but let s face it, she forgets him in a short minute She knows that what she s been told, that those who violate the law, aren t always immediately executed She knows this is untrue by seeing it with her own eyes, not a rumor, not a maybe She knows because her own mother was assumed dead, but was in fact locked up for ten years But Lena just trips along in the forest with the notion that Alex, whom she loved and adored and who risked his life for her, is surely dead How She makes not even one single attempt to find out if he has somehow survived She Moves On.How are you going to sell me on how much she loves him if she can t even be bothered to check and see if he s gone And guess what So, buckle your seat belts for love triangle 4,856,823.Seriously disappointed. Read acoherent review of this book over at my blog.OMG OH MY GOD.OH MY FUCKING CLIFFHANGER.AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH several screaming fits later view spoiler ALEX IS ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SDGFJINOFASOISGJFOAISJMGPLDSA, G SAD G DASP L G AOASGNSJG PO hide spoiler 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 spoiledI 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 Me tooalks djfashawalskdfjsad lkfjsal dkjfasl kdjfsljkdfThat, my friends, is my frustration over the string of expletives removed the Julian situation Don t get me wrong, I like Julian I like him a lot Butbuthe s NOT ALEX Julian is an interesting character I liked his part of the story with Lena Butbuthe s NOT ALEX With Alex, my heart was racing I was freaking out over them getting caught I was in overdrive With Julian, I was thinking, That s right, girl You school this clueless mofo Did I say that I liked Julian but that he just isn t Alex Did I So here s a funny thing Before reading Delirium, I wasn t completely sure how I was going to feel about another dystopia revolving around love choices I was ready to start reading some shit hitting the fan books in this genre Even with that, I still found Delirium entertaining What ended up surprising me with Pandemonium, is that when I was givenof what I want in a dystopia action adventure survival rebellion , I found myself missing some of the magic of the first book The past sections were just okay for me Where this book really came together was in the present, during the time Julian and Lena started leaning on one another.I m not sure why I didn t mention this before, but is no one else thrown off by the fact that the book of rules and power for the government is called The Book of Shhh Really I m thinking librarians now.If I ruled the world, my manual would be The Book of STFU and do what you re told. And our spokesperson would dress as Darth Vader.However, giving credit where credit is due, this isn t the sappiest story in the world for it being all about the lengths which people will go to for love Sure, there were bound to be a few swoon worthy moments although you can t get me to swoon over eyes that are an ocean of swirling color greens and golds and purplesbecause I m pretty darn sure that NO ONE on earth has eyes like that but this was no hippie love fest People were too busy trying to survive for there to be too much checking out the opposite sex.Oh wait, but there was this one moment that gave me HORRIFIC flashbacks in the pallid gray light he seems to glow slightly, like a statue carved out of white rock He is beautiful. You wanna know a slightly embarrassing story about me view spoiler So yeahI did actually watch the Twilight movies I know, I know, let me hide my shame in here Anyway, there was the scene in New Moon where Edward was about to take off his clothing and walk into the sun and everyone in the theater was screaming, EWWW.PUT IT BACK ON I could not get that damn image out of my head after I read the carved in white rock sentence in this book hide spoiler 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 Ame In This Electrifying Follow Up To Her Acclaimed New York Times Bestseller Delirium, Lauren Oliver Sets Lena On A Dangerous Course That Hurtles Through The Unregulated Wilds And Into The Heart Of A Growing Resistance Movement This Riveting, Brilliant Novel Crackles With The Fire Of Fierce Defiance, Forbidden Romance, And The Sparks Of A Revolution About To Ignite Oh Urrrrrrr Gur gle Kapowy Splut ter Cough Die Okay, Pan de mo nium was a HUGE improve ment over Delir ium for me First of all, the world seemed A LOTcon sis tent The world build ing was an improve ment as well.Per haps the biggest improve ment was Lena her self Nowhiny, annoy ing, inse cure lit tle girl This Lena has been through the fire, got burnt and is fight ing to sur vive What I love is that Lena has grown, become capa ble, assertive, intel li gent and shrewd There were parts of this book in which I was phys i cally cheer ing her on.Lena has sur vived the wild, the bombs and the harsh win ter She s come out stronger andweary Now she s back behind the fence, but this time as an oper a tive of the resis tance and her mark is Julian Fine man son of a rad i cal move ment to fur ther erad i cate the sick ness known as love Julian is con fused, com plex, dam aged and vul ner a ble When he and Lena are kid napped and held hostage together, they have to join forces to escape.What I loved was the devel op ment of their rela tion ship, the hero role of Lena as the stronger,knowl edge able and capa ble of the two, and how they both start to grow and heal together.Of course, the book is filled with com pli cated plot twists and a cou ple of NO WAY moments one of which was obvi ous and eas ily fore seen but SO WHAT The writ ing in this book matchedto the cal iber I expect of Oliver It felt a appro pri ate and smooth.And I guess this is a les son learned one that I was glad to learn Find a good author and stick with them I wasn t a huge fan of Delir ium but Pan de mo nium has me aching for Requiem to see what happens.You know it s a good novel when the last line has you going No NO No way oh my good ness no NO image error 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 Love triangles Freaking love triangles hide spoiler They have clamped their fists around a geyser to keep it from exploding But the pressure eventually builds, and the explosion will always come 3.5 Better than book 1, I ll give it that I wasinterested in the plot in this book, I enjoyed the new characters from the Wilds and watching Lena overcome her demons and generally become much stronger.However I still had other issues 1 More instalove Like good grief can this girl go nowhere without falling head over heels within the first five minutes 2 Despite her time in the Wilds, foraging for food, hiking from one homestead to another, as soon as Lena and Julian are kidnapped she basically becomes this weak girl I understand that she should be weak due to lack of food, violence etc but Julian seems to handle it much better and he is from a rich privileged background so if anything he should be the weaker one as he is unaccustomed I feel like this was only done so that Lena could lean on him and make him appear as the strong male looking after her Um, nope.3 The ending view spoiler Am I honestly supposed to believe Alex isn t dead What a joke, just rocking up at the end just for the sake of a shock cliff hanger Really hide spoiler You can findreviews BloodyBookaholicYou 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 bookslike this The thing that saved this book from being a downer was this the author didn t just write a straight tale where Lena gets to the wild and then keeps growing, keeps getting strong, blah blah same thing we have read about a hundred times There is some of this in there for sure, but it s given to us in small doses, in between larger sections that are pack full of adventure and edge of your seat kind of moments This is what made the book shine Going between the past and the present is what saved the book from being pretty slow, and instead it makes it a book worthy of being Delirium s second book.Something I can add to this is that Delirium while it focuses on love, your first love to be specific, I thought Pandemonium focused a little biton hate, anger and healing It certainly showed us a new side to Lena that we never saw before The combination of her new life and losing Alex has made her get in touch with emotions that would have been closed up to her before, and it is very interesting to see how she manages navigates through her new life.I couldn t leave without a note on the new male interest He is, something else He is not going away any time soon, and sure you might hate him at first, but believe he is going to grow on you so much Plus those sexy scenes between him and Lena certainly helped I swear my breath literally caught on some passages I felt like I was there, and it was happening to me.I think that anythingthat I say will be too much, a revelation I don t wanna spoil this story for you because it s a fantastic story So just know this If the book sucked, I would tell you flat out why, but it doesn t It s pretty freaking amazing, and I can t believe I have to wait till 2013 to read the sequel This is heart breaking, because the book is left on a HUGE cliff hanger that made you want to pull out your hair I squealed I really did, people looked at me weird, I kept doing this sort of crazy giggle You had to be there Old Update The cover is here Cover Revealed Pandemonium, a Delirium novel 2 by Lauren OliverIsn t she lovely Isn t it beautiful I have to read Delirium That s it, after Undercurrent I am reading Delirium and getting up to date with this fantastic series I love the orange color, it also goes with the new cover.Updated July 19, 2011.Okay, I just finished Delirium, and Im sorry but I can t wait till freaking 2012 for this book It s insanity She is falling in love again IT BETTER NOT BE ANOTHER GUY OR GIRL MISS LENA BECAUSE WE LOVE ALEX OKAY ALEX I, I just I fell in love with Delirium, and waiting for this sequel is torture TT Original review HOLY SHIT.Review to come when I can actually see through my frustrated tears.You can find this review and manyat Mermaid Vision Books Release Date February 28, 2012Publisher Harper TeenAge Group Young AdultPages 375Format HardcoverSource ARC received from publisherTell 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 read Delirium loved it even as they cried over its horrific twists of fate, Pandemonium is going to be a polarizing story for many readers Those who are looking for familiar footholds in Lena s world will find themselves lost the entire mood has shifted This is not the hopeful side of amor deliria nervosa we knew in Delirium, but instead readers will be forced to endure its pain, its struggle and eventually, its loss.Lauren Oliver opens Pandemonium likening Lena s difficult journey through the Wilds to rebirth and a new life While I can see why she chose to compare it to giving birth, I see Pandemonium or Pandy, as Ms Oliver and my fellow fans like to call itlike an ode to grief The ending of Delirium stunned many readers, and like Lena, I found myself crawling along trying to deal with what had happened It didn t seem real, and Oliver doesn t expect readers to forget that loss The Lena we follow in this book is war torn and beaten to within an inch of her soul, and yet she is expected to pull herself together and continue to live I think it is easy to forget that the characters in books like these are only seventeen, eighteen, barely old enough to move out, let alone fight in a revolution And yet it is that indomitable quality, that spark of bravery that we admire so much in them Pandemonium forced me to consider whether I could be that brave, if I could lose everything dear to me my friends, my family, the boy I love and still be willing to fight for the rest of the world.And where in the world could Lena find hope after what she s gone through The most polarizing aspect of Pandemonium, in my opinion, will be the introduction of a new character and their connection to Lena While I can t say much without spoiling much of the book, suffice to say that I was a whirlwind of emotion throughout much of the novel I felt deeply for Alex in Delirium and the new developments in this book both confused and enchanted me After all that s happened, I find myself extremely invested in Lena, because I trust her to know the right thing to do She alone still sees love as love, and not a weapon or a disease or an inconvenience That unwavering faith in her heart assures me that my adoration for this series isn t going to waste, and that Requiem will be a conclusion worth waiting for.That s Not All That first chapter tricked me and then made me cry Basically, you ll need tissues for most of the novel Lauren Oliver s writing is evensuperb in this installment The description of the Wilds is breathtaking, despite its physical ugliness.The Final Say Lauren Oliver is truly a tour de force when it comes to dystopian novels Pandemonium will leave readers breathless and amazed once again.