28 January 2012

{Book Review} Pandemonium

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 January 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | |


Delirium #2
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 375
Format: ARC
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 28th 2012

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push, 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.

It isn’t a secret that I haven’t been the biggest fan of Lauren Oliver's novel’s in the past. Here, before you get all snippy with me….let me Cliff Note’s it for you:

Back before Me, My Shelf and I had started, and the space you are currently viewing was still just my little slice of the net where I kept track of the 104 books I was planning to read last year – I reviewed If I Fall and gave it a 3.5 Bird rating. (See my Review of If I Fall HERE) I cited I couldn't get into the book because I couldn't identify with the MC, but that it had it some very interesting points and scenes that I rather enjoyed.

During this same “pre-real-book-review blog” state, I read Delirium as well. You see, even before I was a “real” book reviewer I found it important to give at least a 2 book nod to an author before making up my mind about not really waning to seek out their novels further. It’s fair. And I’m nothing if not fair. Delirium scored a 3 Bird rating from me, citing that it felt “Dystopian-Lite” and I had a hard time remembering I was even in a government controlled, Dystopian society, from time to time. (See my review of Delirium HERE)

So I bet you’re wondering why, if I completed my 2 book nod to LO, why would I go on and read Pandemonium at all? It’s a complicated answer really, but the simplest way explain it would be: the ending of Delirium was a cliffhanger and with the particular elements that made up said cliffhanger, I felt it nearly impossible for me not to like the next in the series at least a little bit more than the first.

I was right.

Holy shit, where was Lauren Oliver hiding this one? 

Gone is the “Dystopian-Lite” feeling and Lena’s inability to maintain one mood for 40 seconds or more! In their place is rugged self preservation, a truly suffocating government, lies, betrayal, forbidden love, death, rebirth and a gut wrenching, jaw dropping ending. An ending that made me chuck the book onto the couch and grumble under my breath while I went upstairs for a bowl of ice cream to help me through the conflicting emotions. My husband found this hysterical. I was considering therapy.

Lauren Oliver doesn’t hold back in this second novel in the Delirium Series. I am so happy that it not only was better than the first in the series, but that it totally and completely knocked me over with how much I liked it. In the end I’m going with a 4.5 Bird rating. Well done, well done indeed! Can’t wait to see what comes next for Lena and the rest of the gang!

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Note on the Rating System: before I was a “real-blog” my rating system was a little different, so the 4.5 Bird may not seem like a huge jump from what Delirium got but trust me, it is. My old system can be picked out because the birds are multi-colored neutrals and the new ones are pink.The break down of the system we use now can be found on the right side bar of the blog.


  1. Ohhhh yayyy I'm so glad Ms. Oliver redeemed herself in your eyes!! I absolutely LOVED Delirium, and Liesl and Po, so I'm definitely looking forward to reading Pandemonium! Maybe next :) Great review :)
    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  2. WOW. I felt the same way as you about Delirium, but I did love Before I Fall. I can't wait to receive my ARC soon to see what I think of Pandemonium!

  3. So excited for Pandemonium. Lovely review!! I enjoyed Delirium, but I can see where some people wouldn't so much. That said, not I am really looking forward to Pandemonium if you felt it was that much better than Delirium.

  4. Hmm. this is interesting. I didn't care much for the first book either, but I was hoping for the next one to get better.
    If you liked it that much I should give it a try when it gets out, maybe I will enjoy it too :)
    Happy midnight reading!

  5. I haven't read Delirium yet, there has been a wide variety of review and no one has compared the two before; thank you for saying what you think about both books! I now feel that I should at least give them a try and decide for myself. Thanks!

  6. I wasn't a massive fan of Delirium as well but I agree with you about the cliffhangers.
    I'm really iffy about the sequel but it sounds like it really got you wound up! I think I definitely became more interested in reading it after your review. :)


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