PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver: A book review


Author: Lauren Oliver

Started Date: February 22, 2012

Finished Date: February 25, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars



WOW! I was totally blown away by this book! I love it so much that I can’t find the right words to say, and I had this mixed emotions. Personally, this is way so much better from Delirium, and this is what I definitely feel. Oliver’s way of writing captured my heart. I will not read other reviews, not until I’m finished writing this.haha!

The whole book consists of the “now” and “then”, and it confused me at the start but I learned to understand it and love the writing style along the way. I was really expecting the book to be the same as the first one, where there are quotes at the beginning of the chapter. But this book was told in a very different way, and it felt like there’s always increase in anticipation in every chapter. Sometimes I just want to read the “now” chapters, but it seems like cheating. 😉 The “then” part is about her life in the wilds and the “now” is her new life as “cured”.

A lot of new characters have been introduced, and each of them are unique and have became a big part of Lena’s life. I will not say much about them, cause I might spoil so much. Lena is really a strong heroine, I like her more here. There are parts of the book that made my heart ache, especially her life in the wilds where her grief has consumed her and at the same time, surviving was hard. Deaths are inevitable.. Happiness is far-fetched. I was glad that a new love has found her, even though she’s not sure if Alex died. I was also in love with Alex, but I learned to love Julian too!haha!

The twists are amazing, I like the concept of DFA, revolution and alliances that were introduced in the book. The last part of the book is the major surprise. Well, I admit I somehow expected it, but only a little. I was relieved by the last part of Lena and Julian together, but I guess I was wrong. It only made me want the third book! I can’t choose between the two guys! Of course, Lena will be done to choose, and I really really really hope that Lauren Oliver will make this trilogy a happy ending!

My favorite quotes from the book:

“This is what hatred is. It will feed you and at the same time turn you to rot.” -page 166

“They’d already taken her from me once. I didn’t want to lose her again.” -page 277

“I need him to know that I came for him. I need him to know that somehow, at some point in the tunnels, I began to love him.”


I love this book so much..