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Pandemonium (Delirium Series #2)

Pandemonium (Delirium Series #2)

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by Lauren Oliver

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The second book in Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose. Now with a brand-new cover and an exclusive-to-this-book sneak peek at her next novel for teens: the ambitious, wholly original masterwork Replica.

In this electrifying follow-up to Delirium, Lena is


The second book in Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose. Now with a brand-new cover and an exclusive-to-this-book sneak peek at her next novel for teens: the ambitious, wholly original masterwork Replica.

In this electrifying follow-up to Delirium, Lena is on a dangerous course that takes her through the unregulated Wilds and into the heart of a growing resistance movement.  This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Following directly on the heels of Delirium (HarperCollins, 2011), Pandemonium is equally riveting. It shifts back and forth between "then," as readers discover how Lena adapts to her life in the Wilds even as she grieves for Alex, and "now" where she is infiltrating the DFA, an organization committed to offering the "cure" to all citizens regardless of their age in spite of the known risks to anyone under the age of 18. She begins to have feelings for Julian, the son of the leader of the DFA, when they are incarcerated together following a mass demonstration. They discover they have more in common than they could have imagined despite their initial mutual antipathy and distrust. Oliver's descriptions of life in the unregulated Wilds with its deprivations and dangers are powerful and vivid. The characters are fully realized and heartbreakingly human. The underlying theme that love will win out regardless of prohibition is a powerful idea that will speak to teens. Readers who gravitate toward dystopian literature with high-stakes action and flawed humans who are willing to risk all for their ideals will enjoy this novel and eagerly await the next one in the trilogy.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
“This is a romance in the purest of senses, where just the longing for the faintest taste of love is worth the greatest of risks. Like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.”
“If...you crave the heart-stopping action of the arena from The Hunger Games combined with a destined-to-be-doomed love story then this sequel is perfect for you!”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The gasp-worthy final page sets the stage for a promising conclusion to this trilogy."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“The gasp-worthy final page sets the stage for a promising conclusion to this trilogy.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The gasp-worthy final page sets the stage for a promising conclusion to this trilogy.”
Jay Asher
Praise for Before I Fall:“This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion. You’ll have no choice but to tear through this book!”
Carolyn Mackler
Praise for Before I Fall: “Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live—and die.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The gasp-worthy final page sets the stage for a promising conclusion to this trilogy.”
ALA Booklist
Praise for Before I Fall: “Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed.”
The Horn Book
Praise for Delirium: “In a thick climate of fear, Oliver spins out a suspenseful story of awakening and resistance with true love at its core.”
New York Journal of Books
Praise for Delirium: “Oliver’s deeply emotional and incredibly well-honed prose commands the readers’ attention and captures their hearts. With a pulse-pounding tempo and unforeseen twists and turns, Lauren Oliver has opened the door on a fantastic new series; the second book can’t come soon enough.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Praise for Before I Fall:“Samantha’s attempts to save her life and right the wrongs she has caused are precisely what will draw readers into this complex story and keep them turning pages until Sam succeeds in living her last day the right way.”
VOYA - Joanna Lima
The story begun in Delirium (HarperTeen, 2011/VOYA April 2011) continues: A rebellion is brewing within a nation determined to eradicate the disease of love, and eighteen-year-old Lena Halloway has a role in it. Lena was eager to be "cured" by the mandated procedure, until she met Alex, fell in love, and attempted to escape with him to the Wilds. Now Lena finds herself helpless, sick, and alone. A group of Invalids, led by the tenacious Raven, cares for Lena until she is recovered enough to join their resistance movement. Her assignment: Re-cross the border into a new city where she will closely watch Julian Fineman, the seemingly perfect spokesperson and youth leader of the Deliria-Free America organization. When Lena and Julian are kidnapped together, held underground by unknown captors, Lena discovers the power plays that dominate her world—from the secrets of her companions in the Wild to the private lives of public figures influencing the country. All the while, deliria courses through Lena's veins as dreams of her mother and Alex haunt her day and night. Alternating the narrative between the hardships of Lena's recent past and the action-packed present, Lauren Oliver heightens the suspense and deepens the complexity of both the story and the characters. Lena is, at this point in the story, more like Tally Youngblood of the Uglies series than Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games books: Lacking both finesse and conviction, she is embroiled in a compelling plot that renders her not exceptional, but promising. Whether Lena matures into a strong heroine remains to be seen, but after this second book, fans of Oliver and of dystopian fiction will be clamoring for the final installment of the trilogy. Reviewer: Joanna Lima
Kirkus Reviews
It's been six months since readers first met 17-year-old Lena Haloway, desperately in love in a world that considers such feelings an infection to be permanently and irrevocably "cured." This much-anticipated sequel to Delirium (2011) picks up right where the first novel left off, with Lena and Alex's only partially successful attempt to escape to "the Wilds." Lena, alone, heartbroken and near death, must reach deep within herself to find the strength and the will to survive. "Step by step--and then, inch by inch," she is reborn. The story of Lena's new life as a rebel Invalid, determined to honor the memory of Alex by fighting for a world in which love is no longer considered a capital offense, is told through a series of flashbacks and present-day accounts that will leave readers breathless. The stakes only get higher when Lena realizes she has feelings for someone new. The novel's success can be attributed to its near pitch-perfect combination of action and suspense, coupled with the subtler but equally gripping evolution of Lena's character. From the grief-stricken shell of her former self to a nascent refugee and finally to a full-fledged resistance fighter, Lena's strength and the complexity of her internal struggles will keep readers up at night. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Delirium Series , #2
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Age Range:
14 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; Before I Fall has been made into a major motion picture.

Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and a variety of airport lounges. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.

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lovepassionbooks More than 1 year ago
FIRST OF ALL!!! If you haven't read Delirium you must go and read it right now! It is defiantly one of the best books I have ever read in my life. And this book is not far from it. I received this book from NCTE from Harper! Thank you so much. I could not wait to read this book. For the last couple weeks I have been told that I have to read it. That it is amazing! And boy is it ever. The book starts where the first book finishes. The chapters are split in Now and Then. You are learning about Lena's experiences on finding herself. She is trying to figure out who she is because Lena is not the normal Lena anymore. She is different because she has to be. She is in the Wilds and she is trying to survive. She is learning to do things that she has never done before to pull her weight with the Wilds. I really like that Lauren incorporated this into the story. It showed her struggle with what she had to do. It showed that she was having a hard time dealing with the death of Alex. But during this you find out about Julian. Julian is a very important. He is about to be cured and he is doing it because this is what his family wants. But there are some hold ups because Julian and Lena are kidnapped and held hostage. They are going to do anything to get out and escape to the Wilds. Oh but have no fear....there are twist and turns! Boy are there twist and turns! This is my favorite book of the series so far! I know that we still have book three so I need to wait unit that book comes out to make my decision, but this is defiantly up there for book of the series! Maybe book of the year....but ask me again in December...:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Lena picks Julian in the end over Alex Im pretty sure I break my nook in half or if she doesnt decide at all or falls in love with some other person randomly placed in her life I will break something. Pandemonium was good though so excited for next book!!!!
ABookZilla More than 1 year ago
I cannot WAIT for the next book! I threw the book across the ROOM when I read the ending! Team Alex, all the way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex you better not be dead
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Book I enjoyed reading. kept me entertained all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like many of you guys, I desperately want Alex to be alive. I have high hopes for this book and yet im so weary of it. What if Alex really is dead? What is its another love triangle? I have had enough of love triangles. I just want Alex and Lena. Ive read the preview of at the end of Delirium. Lena believes that Alex is dead, but I don't. There's a chance he is, but no official confirmation. Ugh, this is driving me crazy. I cant wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
woahhhhhh theres gonna be a movie for Delirium :DDDD
livelife More than 1 year ago
While waiting for my copy of Pandemonium to arrive I continuously saw reviews that highlighted phrases like "even better than Delirium" and I laughed. Better than Delirium, ha, no such thing. I am elated to announce that I Carole McKenzie, was wrong. Pandemonium is thrilling, captivating, and everything a sequel should be. Thank you Lauren Oliver for creating a series for me to lose sleep over. Thank you for creating a sequel that is so brilliant I need the next book right now before I lose my mind. Oh my, am I going to lose my mind! In Pandemonium we follow Lena through then and now. The then being when she crossed over into the Wilds and now being the present. Each chapter goes back and forth and Lauren Oliver knows where to stop and start each new tale in a way that is perfect. Lena's story is powerful, meaningful, and amazing. The end literally stole my breath away and gave me what felt like a heart attack. This is no little cliffhanger, it is the mother of all cliffhangers. I cried at the end, cried! I will say no more because if you read Delirium you've probably already read Pandemonium or it's sitting on your bookshelf crying for attention. And if you haven't read Delirium I hope i have convinced you to give it a chance, because this series is not one to skip over.
TotallyBookedSolid More than 1 year ago
Before reading Pademonium, I have been hearing lots of flack about how others didn't like the book and that the ending was horrible . This book proves to me all the more that not everyone is going to like the same things when it comes to books. Pandemonium centers the story around Lena and her life now that Alex is dead and she is learning to survive in the Wilds. the old Lena has died off in order to survive the delirium that Alex caused within her. It took me a little bit to fully get into the story because it's written in a Then and Now type setting. Then being when Lena first lived in the Wilds , to Now , the events that happened after Lena is strong again. In the Now Lena is surviving the loss of Alex her first love , the one who infected her with the Delirium . Nothing could prepare her for the idea that she might open her heart to another... that she might just infect someone else with the Delirium. Julian becomes an unexpected interest in Lena , but Lena struggles with the thought of giving her heart to another, after all she lost her first love. In this book you get to see the growth in Lena all the more for now not only does she have to survive the Wilds without Alex , but now she has to survive the possibility of falling in love. I will disagree to a point with those that did not like the ending . I myself have a love hate relationship with it purely cause its a cliff hanger and makes me upset that I have to wait so long for the next book. The ending left me with that "Oh Crap" feeling and without a doubt book three will be in my greedy little hands the very moment if goes on sale. So thank you Lauren Oliver for writing such a fantastic book , I will go sit in the corner now and pout until book three magically appears. The is review is of my own opinion I was in no way compensated for it. The review can also be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads , and the FB page. Enjoy....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If alex is dead i will personally burn every copy of these books and rewrite them myself. Not really. I wil be very heartbroken though. Delirium was great and i expect this one and Hana to be the same. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I spent the first book falling in love with Alex and the 2nd falling in love with Julian, and now I am torn!! That ending is going to make me slowly go insane until Requiem comes out next year. Either way, someone is going to get hurt, and that makes me sad. Thank you Lauren Oliver for making these characters so real to me. I have never felt so connected. One of the best books I have ever read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please please please let Lena end up with Alex!!!!! They are sooo cute together and when I found Lena was falling for Julian I decided i hated him. Team Alex 4ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pademonium was amazing! I read it in a day and well it changed my life... maybe that's an exageration, but the book is the best thing I've read since Harry Potter ( well actually since Delirium). When I finished it, I was caught between relief, tears, and wanting to scream! What a cliffhanger! Team Alex all the way! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*SPOILER ALERT*I loved this book! Perfect amount of action to balance with the romance! There were endless twists and they really did take me by surprise! I was hoping throughout the book that Alex would come back, but that didn't stop me from liking the fact that Lena found Julian. But as the ending clearly shows, he's back and that made me so happy I almost cried. But honestly, I'm also scared! The book described Alex as "different" and "hard" while Julian is her forever. I have no clue what to expect in the next book. (Not your typical love triangle) I WANT THE THIRD BOOK NOW!!!!!!!! HDSJYYSHFKENMX
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "Delirium" was amazing. I felt the story line was very sneaky. It kind of krept along, subtley intriging and then BOOM it tugs at you heat strings and leaves you haunted for days. Truely a great book. I tear up everytime I talk about it . I am absolutely DYING from anticipation for " Pandemonium ".
kirstin913 More than 1 year ago
Phew. Lauren Oliver really had her work cut out for her in this follow-up to, Delirium. Not only do we see Lana's character grow immensely and really come into her own, but we also see the introduction of an almost entirely new cast of characters. There are so many things that I would love to go into about Alex, Julian, and Lana's mom...but that would be giving away just too many potential spoilers; and it would totally ruin the experience for anyone about to read the book. The book is written in Lana's present reality, but it also flashes back to scenes from her past. Take your time reading this book as it follows Lana from &quot;Now&quot; (as a member of the Resistance in NY) to &quot;Then&quot; (as she rediscovers who she really is in the Wilds). Lauren Oliver packed a lot of punch in this book and, at times, you can almost feel the emotion rolling off of the pages like a thick fog. You will feel the weight pressed against your chest at times during this book because poor Lana is put to so many tests, both emotionally and physically. Let me just say that by the end of the book I was (literally) sitting on the edge of my bed, wide-eyed, and by the last words, I was cursing out loud (and, I will admit I wanted to smack Lauren Oliver - sorry Lauren, I love you!, but that was my first reaction) because the book was over and I cannot believe that Lauren Oliver expects us to sit and wait until February, 2013 for Requiem to come out so we can find out what happens next!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story begins with the introduction of the characters the main character is Lena Morgan Jones her original name is Magdalena Haloway and she is described as an Eighteen-Year-old girl who used to live in Portland, Main but now lives in the wilds. Lena has tried to crossed Portland boarders with her boyfriend Alex Sheathes but unfortunately, she was the only one who has made it over. Even though she knows what they might have done to Alex she strongly believes that he is still alive that he has somehow escaped and he is looking for her right now in this instant. When she made it to the wilds she has been taken in by a group of people who agree to let her stay if she agrees to help out in the homestead. Raven and Tack are the owners of the homestead they help Lena learn how to survive in the wilds and how to make almost anything with just the things you find around. Lena has a brief experience of lost love from the experience of losing her mother and Alex, eventually Lena gives up hope that Alex is alive and starts to believe that he is dead and he will never come back, not anymore. Lena has joined the DFA (delirium free-America) along with Raven and Tack the instructions they gaved her was to keep an eye on Thomas Fineman’s son, Julian Fineman. Thomas Fineman is the president of the DFA and his son is a strong role model for everyone. They are in charge to keep everyone delirium free although Julian can’t get cured because of so many operations he has had he strongly believes that without the cure there is chaos and disorder as it states in the text “that’s what I believed in---what I’ve had to believe In because otherwise, it’s just… chaos” during the ceremony there was an incident scavengers take Julian through the tunnels and Lena follows she eventually gets caught and they locker her up in the same room as the one Julian is in they start sharing things they never shared with anyone else. One thing that Julian has shared to Lena was that he wanted to be the perfect son so that everything will be okay he remarks “After that, you know, I was always so careful. I would do the right thing. I would be the perfect son, a model for the DFA”. Several days later Lena starts to fall in love with Julian although she tries to keep in mind that he is the reason why Alex was taken away and she tries so hard not to betray the memories of him she is in a position where she doesn’t know whether to move on or to still believe in Alex. After they have been both locked up for several days Lena throws the umbrella that Tack has given her on the day of the ceremony and there it reveals that there was a knife hidden in it and they have given her clues in the “book of shhh” as they both try to escape they trick one of the scavengers to unlock the door the only thing left to do is to find a way out of the tunnels. I enjoyed this book because it takes you to an amazing journey it shows you how Lena’s life is in the wilds and how it is in the community in New York. I love the fact that Lena has gone through so much in her past and she still decides to get back up on her feet and keep going. I would recommend this book because it shows you how Lena will approach to the new landscape and her reactions to the new things she dealing with. I especially love the ending of this book that I have already started reading the next one which is Requiem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absoultely without a doubt the best book I've ever read! Lena's story yanked at my heartstrings and kept me on edge the entire time. The ending left me with only two words and jumping around my room in excitement, "Holy Crap!" I can't wait until the next book comes out! Lauren Oliver is a truly amazing writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read! SPOILER! Ok julian needs to go back to his cozy little operating table and take what was coming to him like a man. We all know lena only loved him cuz he was a replacement for alex and she said it herself that she got them confused. And if you deny this, got bac and LOOK IT UP. Cuz you obviously didnt read it well. Alex practically comitted suicide so she could live. Just cuz julian can scream " lena! Let her go!" Doesnt make him super man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OH MY GOD!!! That ending! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh love triangle time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series I found even better than the Twilight series and The Hunger Games! I really hope Lena chooses Alex over Julian. If the author decides Julian I'm going to be dissapointed beyond words. I emailed this to the Lauren Oliver and I hope anyone who's with me about Alex will email her as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit. At the beginning i was totally confused with the now and then bit later on the peices fit together. I am a HUGE fan of lauren oliver and her books before i fall ,delirium, and now pandemonium! This book is full to the brim eith romance actiin suspence and at the end a cliff hanger that killed me!! I was sooooooo shocked i dropped the book!!! And i NEVER drop my books because i adore them so much. The best book in the world but you have to read delirium first. I promise you will love it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Arrest me and throw me in the Crypts until I rot; I am desperately and hopelessly in love with this series and no Cure could ever change that. Firstly, much praise for Lauren Oliver. Her writing is...lush; a word that kept popping into my mind as I read. And beautiful, another word always on the edges of my peripheral vision as I followed Lena on her journey of redemption, attempting against hope to fix past mistakes and find her way. I won't give anything up for spoilage, but the ending will leave you both exhilaratingly happy and endlessly heartbroken. Will Lena ever find peace in the chaos? I almost want to say to wait to read this series until the last book is released; the waiting is unbearable! I give this series a heartfelt five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so sad to have to wait for a third book. I love this series, and have been telling all my fellow readers to get it. Another awesome book, that cured my sadness when i finished pandemonium is Under the Never sky. Now i am dying for her next one too. Same genre, so those who need soething as good to fill their void should check it out!!! And side note....give the setting of"worlds" in under never sky patience..i whipped through it..and now its still stuck in my head....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way better than the first. It moves much faster and contains more action -- definitely more engrossing. Now, I just hope it is not too long before the next book is released... Wouldn't want too much time to take the excitement out of the wait. :-)