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Pandemonium (Delirium)

Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver I'm really at a loss for words here. That doesn't happen too often, either.Okay, so I was completely spoiled for the ending of this book and I'm not even sorry. Like ten people told me how it ended, and then I still flipped to the back of the book as soon as I got it and read it to make sure they weren't just spouting off a bunch of crap to me (and they weren't).But holy shit, there were so many other surprises here! To quote my initial reaction on Tumblr, I feel like I've been taken on the wildest emotional roller coaster ride of my life, then dumped in the middle of the street and ran over by a semi truck. RIP this blogger, Pandemonium has killed me.Some of these passages I had to go back and read multiple times because, I don't know, I just didn't expect the book to go in that direction and it did and then I was left sort of like this:^Actual footage of me reading Pandemonium.Okay so since this review is clearly marked spoilers I guess that means it's okay for me to delve into just what these spoilers were:1. Her mom. Holy shit. I mean maybe I should have known that woman was her mother when she appeared on the page but it didn't even register with me that it was a possibility, so I was just as surprised as Lena was when it was revealed. That was maybe my favorite big reveal of the book. (Sorry Alex.) (I will get around to you later.) This may seem weird, but when I found out that woman was her mom, I cried. Idk, I was both just so happy that Lena had seen her mother and so angry that she hadn't said "Hey, I'm your mom" but at least she helped her, and I really, REALLY hope this isn't the last we've seen of her. 2. That whole thing was PLANNED? I was so mad, I almost threw my iPod across the room! I actually really liked Raven up until that point (lol I hate Tack though and always will) but after that, holy shit (I'm saying that a lot in this review, I know), I was so angry with her that even after Lena had fought off the urge to strangle her, I was still wanting to reach through my iPod and do it myself! It made the whole book feel...I don't want to say pointless, exactly, but ugh sfksfhlsaf I don't know I'm pissed over that but not enough to keep me from enjoying the book.3. Okay here's the one I'm probably going to get fruit thrown at me for but guess what?I did not want Alex to come back, not because I don't live an Alex Appreciation Life and all that jazz, but because I think it would be so awesome of an author to kill the love interest off in the first book. Everyone would be in such shock and disbelief. The truth is, even before I was spoiled about the ending, I was expecting Alex to come back. I would have been surprised if he didn't. And I guess that leads up to my next point, which really isn't something I'm saying "holy shit" over but--ugh, the dreaded love triangle.Sighhhh.On one hand, I think Julian acts a lot younger than 18 and seems really immature to me for some reason; he and Lena just make sort of an odd couple and something about it doesn't seem right. On the other hand, I still want Alex to be dead. It's a lose-lose situation for me. I'll just go with the flow and see what happens in the third book, I guess.I'm not quite sure I liked this book as much as the first book. Overall, I think I just liked a lot of things in Delirium more--the supporting characters, the love interest, the plot. But I liked Lena more in Pandemonium, and it had a lot more moments that really wowed me. Either way, I'm definitely looking forward to the third book.This Review Is Brought To You By The Dreaded Love Triangle: