Pandemonium (novel)

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AuthorLauren Oliver
CountryUnited States
SeriesDelirium trilogy
GenreYoung adult
Science fiction
Publication date
February 28, 2012
Media typePrint (Hardback, Paperback), e-book, audiobook
Pages383 pages
Preceded byDelirium 
Followed byRequiem 

Pandemonium is a 2012 dystopian young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver and the second novel in her Delirium trilogy.[1] The book was first published on February 28, 2012 through HarperTeen and follows the series' protagonist as she explores the Wilds outside the walled community she was raised in.[2] The book was preceded by a novella entitled Hana and was succeeded by Requiem, the final book in the series.


The book follows up the events of Delirium and Lena is now in the Wilds alone. This sequel now begins switching the chapters from the present “now” and the past “then” point of view of Lena until they are joined together in chapter 13. Unfortunately for her, the Wilds aren't as wonderful as she had thought and she becomes very weak and is found by a group of people when she is near death, this group helps her back to health and takes place as her new family. While she is now free of the cure, she and her acquaintances decide that they must do the same for everyone else and restore society to its former state. This is easier said than done, as Lena and her group have much standing in their way. The book also follows Lena in her life while she lives in New York City with two other characters from the Wilds, Raven and Tack. She is part of the DFA, the Deliria Free America, and during one of their rallies is kidnapped by other Invalids, called Scavengers, and held in captive with Julian Fineman, the leader of the youth division of the DFA who is unable to receive the procedure because he has a brain tumor. With the memory of Alex's sacrifice in mind, she navigates her way out of the place with Julian. Lena slowly begins to fall in love with Julian as he begins to tell more about his abusive father and his real thoughts about the disease and why he was really part of the DFA.


Critical reception for the novel was mostly positive,[3][4] with Kirkus Reviews and the School Library Journal giving it starred reviews.[5][6] The Independent gave a mostly positive review, stating that although Oliver is "an adept and occasionally courageous storyteller", the story was "somewhat exhausting".[7]


  1. ^ "'Pandemonium' by Lauren Oliver". Boston Globe. April 1, 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ "'Delirium' Author Lauren Oliver Talks Sequel 'Pandemonium'". MTV Hollywood Crush. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Review: Pandemonium". Booklist. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  4. ^ Adams, Lauren (Fall 2012). "Oliver, Lauren: Pandemonium.(Brief article)(Book review)(Young adult review)". The Horn Book Guide. 23 (2): 109.
  5. ^ "Review: Pandemonium". School Library Journal. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Review: Pandemonium". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  7. ^ Kidd, James (11 March 2012). "Pandemonium, By Lauren Oliver". London: Independent. Retrieved 30 April 2013.

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