Wednesday, September 25, 2013 21:52

Review 200. Lauren Oliver –Pandemonium.

9593911Title: Pandemonium.
Author: Lauren Oliver.
Pages: 375.
Published:  February 28th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published 2012)
Sort: Part 2 of ‘Delirium’.
Part 1: Delirium.

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

Rating

This book was frustrating. I feel like an outsider with this series, because honestly, I don’t get the whole hype. Delirium was disappointing and this book was better, but still not mind-blowing. I guess this is just a case of ‘it’s me, not you.’ If you want to read this series and haven’t read Delirium, I suggest you skip the review.

Let me get started with the things I liked, because there were definitely some good about this book. I liked how it was separated in two parts. Every chapter switches between ‘then’ and ‘now’, giving us an interesting view on Lena’s new world. In the ‘then’ part, we see Lena right after her escape. Lena becomes part of a resistance group and in the ‘now’ we see their plan. Lena must spy and keep an eye on an important boy called Julian. When Lena and Julian are kidnapped together, they must come up with a plan to escape. Julian is a believer of the cure, but now he must work together with uncured people to save his life. This book was more action-packed than the first book and that worked better for me.

Another thing I liked was Raven. She is the leader of the resistance group and I admired her courage and strength. It’s not strange that people follow her orders and trust her. I wish we got to see more of her, because that brings me to the things I didn’t like. Lena.

Oh boy, this girl knows how to get on my nerves. She is the complete opposite of Raven. She whines, complaints about every thing and her feelings drove me nuts. One moment, she is crying over Alex, the other moment I see her drooling all over Julian. You can’t say that you loved Alex when you start to love another boy in such a short period of time. Perhaps it was better for her to get the cure, because feelings are strange to her. I was also conflicted about her ninja/damsel in distress actions. She manages to escape with Julian by a clever plan, but she was kidnapped in the first place because she was in panic running around in the dark, tripping over stuff and making noise knowing there were men out there.. She was just so moody.

I’ve read many people saying how much they like her writing-style, but I don’t see it. I’m sorry, but it’s just simple and nothing special to me.. I liked it and it was a fast read, but it’s not any better than the average book. The ending also bugged me. It was just too predictable and it made me role my eyes. Of course there had to be a love-triangle and I just wished authors were strong enough to keep their characters dead when necessarily.
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Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

40 comments:

  1. Great review! I am with you, this series really disappointed me. I felt like this was the best book of the whole series and it was still a bit of a let down. Lena is definitely and MC that I wasn't really a fan of either.

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    1. Yeah, Lena belongs to top 10 of annoying female characters to me..

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  2. Aw! I loved Delirium and Pandemonium but was seriously disappointed with Requiem. Great review, Mel!

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    1. I've read Requiem and.. my rant will be up soon, haha.

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  3. Ugh. This book. This series. Just ugh. To be honest, I was all gaga over Delirium. But it rapidly went downhill from there. I too, have felt the same annoyance with Lena - which is a bad sign, because she's the female lead. Over all a disappointing series.

    I feel your pain.

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  4. I liked Delirium.. wasn't wowed by it either! Still want to continue on with this series though! It's cool that it's separated by two parts.. now and then. Thanks for the honest review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  5. 'It's not you, it's me' is a common enough disease, it happens to me too all the time. I've actually stopped feeling bad about it.
    I DNFed the first book. Oliver's writing just isn't for me and I disliked Lena intensely even then so I knew it wouldn't go well for me. I'm glad your experience was at least slightly better.
    Great review.

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    1. I'm happy I'm not the only one who disliked her writing.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your honest review. <3 It's been years since I read Delirium, but I loved it back then. Then, of course, this book came out with a goddamn love triangle. Never ever reading this and book three. Good luck with the last book, it's even worse than this one. Sigh. Most people really hated the ending, and after hearing about it, I don't blame them. Anyway. Amazing review :) I could have loved/read this book if she hadn't "fallen in love" with Julian. Sucky story, to be honest. Not my kind of book at all. Sigh. Anyway. Just feeling sad about it, that the author had to go an ruin such a good series, well, it could have been good since book one was pretty good. Anyway. Gonna stop rambling now :D
    <3

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    1. Oh yes, the last book is horrible :( The ending!..

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  7. I am in complete agreement, Mel. I really liked Delirium but from this book onwards, things just got worse and worse :|

    Great review! <33

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  8. I'm like you - I have never gotten into this series. I feel like I tried Delirium, but I didn't get very far into the story before I gave up. I have many friends who fangirl over this series, but I really don't understand all of the attention it has received.

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  9. I am one of those people who love Oliver's writing. Hahaha. While I gave this book a 4 star rating, I understand where you're coming from. A lot of people didn't like the second and 3rd book. Among the 3 Delirium books, I loved the first book best.

    Not sure if you've read the 3rd book, Requiem, but I hated that book... Grrrr. Requiem should be glad that I still gave it a 2 star rating. I am generous that way. *sighs*

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    1. Liking a writing-style is always something personal, so I'm happy that you liked it! :) And yes, I've read it right after this one and noohhh.. Horrible.

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  10. Too bad you didn't enjoy this too much, I think it's one of the dystopians that can be worth missing. I liked the first book though but this one with Lena going between the two guys was really annoying! Great review!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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  11. I actually liked the first book even though the premise was way too unbelievable for me. Then I read Pandemonium and I want to stab something (preferably the book). It was just so damn frustrating! and annoying! I never read Requiem. I just read the ending cause everyone seemed so upset about it. I actually liked the way it ended lol.

    Nyx @ Unraveling Words

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  12. I'm sorry this one wasn't perfect, but CONGRATULATIONS on your 200th review! That's incredible! xx

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  13. I loved Delirum mostly because of the ending, the same that happened in this. I saw that I gave it 5 stars when I finished reading it but now that I see it, I don't think it deserves it!
    I never understood Lena and Julian's relationship and I didn't really "loved" the plot.
    Anyways, I liked Requiem after!
    Happy 200th review!!
    Lis @ The reader lines

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    1. I really disliked Requiem, but I'm happy it worked for you! And thanks :D

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  14. Aw, I'm sorry this wasn't as great as you'd expected, but yes, I totally agree that it was a much better book than DELIRIUM... though I enjoyed both of them immensely, haha. I felt that PANDEMONIUM gave a lot more depth to Lena's world and Lena herself, when the first book didn't. And because I suffer from severe book amnesia, I shall try my very hardest to recall what went on in this book.

    "I liked how it was separated in two parts. Every chapter switches between ‘then’ and ‘now’, giving us an interesting view on Lena’s new world." - I remember this! Yep, the flashbacks did work for the better, and the best part was that they weren't confusing, as flashbacks sometimes get. I can't remember much from the flashbacks - or the entire book, for that matter (such a failure lol) - but I do remember thinking that it was written very nicely.

    Raven! Oh my gosh, that girl. She was the strong leader, when Lena wasn't, and I thought that was a bit refreshing. Lena was never the forceful kind of person, and though that may have gotten a bit frustrating at times, Raven made up for it, and it made things a little more realistic. After all, not all heroines are strong, right?

    "You can’t say that you loved Alex when you start to love another boy in such a short period of time." - Agreed! Surprisingly, though, that part didn't really bother me. I mean, I'll still remain faithful to Alex, but somewhere along PANDEMONIUM, Julian wormed his way into my heart. He's like a lost little puppy. I do wish that Lena gave more thought to Alex before thinking that he was dead and gone forever, though.

    And haha, I'm another one who really liked Lauren's writing style. It's beautiful and poetic and lyrical, which I thought totally fitted the theme and atmosphere. Like Charlotte said above, brace yourself for REQUIEM. I didn't like that book as much as I did with these two, which is a shame, because the final book's supposed to be mind-blowing! Can't wait to hear what you think, though. Lovely review, Mel!

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    1. Lena did get more development here, I must agree with you on that. And yes, I was happy that it wasn't confusing to switch between 'then' and 'now'. Not every heroin is a leader, but Lena was so spineless..

      Haha, Julian can be described as lost puppy indeed. He came across as such a lost figure.

      I've already read Requiem.. Not a success :p

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  15. I haven't read Delirium yet but I read your review anyway xD Raven sounds like a much better character than Lena, too bad she couldn't have been the main character! I also dislike when characters magically come back from the dead. I haven't read it so I can't say anything about the writing style but I'll keep that in mind!

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    1. Haha, I never said it was forbidden to read it :p It always makes me think that the characters are zombies, because sometimes it's just impossible for them to return..

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  16. I don't really see the hype either with the Delirium series. I mean, they were okay reads, but not THAT good. The only good thing about the series is Lauren Oliver's writing, like you pointed out.
    Oh goodness, looking at your review, I HIGHLY recommend you to skip Requiem. Trust me, avoid it. It will disappoint you and no, I'm not just talking about the ending to Requiem.

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  17. I liked this series, but I'm with you on quite a few things. I know that how much I like a book sometimes depends on my mood or what other books I've been reading. I didn't really care for The Hunger Games and that is definitely not the norm, especially in the book blogging world. I think you're definitely allowed to not like this one. :)

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  18. It's not just you Mel! I liked Delirium but I found myself disappointed with the progression of the story after that. And I don't see anything special about her writing either. Meh.

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  19. I wasn't a big fan of the series; all of them fell in the 'meh' category for me. But while they weren't engaging as I hoped, the series was still bearable. :D

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    1. It's not the worst series ever, but definitely not the best either.

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  20. Comment one of more to come o.O. I still haven't forgotten that I said I'd visit your hard life of a reader post even if I'm now like what.. a week? two weeks behind? But bleh. Also, yes to what you said in the email and will be shipping Cress once I wake up today ha.

    I haven't read Delirium yet and at this rate, I doubt I ever will get around to it. I am an outsider with this series too :).

    I've heard a lot about the then/now time shift for this book, and that seems something people are divided over as well. It sounds like it'd help advance the plot plus satisfy readers who'd want to know how Lena felt after the plot twist of the first book. But I'm surprised you didn't grow to prefer one perspective over the other.... Action-packed? The Delirium trilogy? Huh. I don't think I would've ever expected that descriptor to be used in conjunction with it; I'd always placed it firmly on Team Poetic Dystopian.

    Raven is such a cool name for a resistance leader. Maybe you'll get to see more of her in the next book? If you read through to the third book that is.

    AHHH what you say about Alex vs. Julian. Ahhh, that is why I hate love triangles! Seriously. They just make you dislike the heroine or hero because waffling between the two choices doesn't make you look good at all and in fact seems to devalue your feelings for the other. (Well, unless it's like a poly triangle and everyone knew, but that never seems to happen anyway)... Ha, you know things are bad for you when you want the heroine to get the cure. Ahh clever plan yet clumsy in the dark. Reminds me of another heroine. That portrayal seems to happen very frequently in YA, right? Clever but screws things up physically...

    You don't like her writing? I haven't read much of it - I think I'd only read the first chapter of D years ago - but I remember liking what she did with an orange peel. People say it's generally lyrical or poetic - are you less a fan of that style or just that it doesn't really show the way she writes her stories?

    Hahaha yeaaaaah, when I read about the Alex thing in some spoilery reviews, I admit I almost lost the will to read the rest. I mean, I still haven't read the series, but I hope one day maybe. But that part nearly killed it. Agreed 100%.

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    1. Cresssssss <3 And no problem, you don't HAVE to comment if you don't have the time :p

      Yes, I was surprised that there was more action here. It made the book a little more interesting. I've already read Requiem and it sucks..

      I've read other books with lyrical/poetic writing-style and I loved those, but in this series I feel like her writing isn't complete. There is something missing, but I can't point out what it is. All I know is that I liked the way she writes in MG far more than here.

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