I absolutely loved this book! It took me a bit to get into but halfway through it hooked me in. I had chills through most of the book! I'm looking forward to getting the next book in the series.
OK, so I am middle aged and enjoy YA stories. Aside from that bit of personal info, I have to say that the story kept me intrigued. A society that eradicates emotions, chooses your spouse, and tells you what to do for a living. Hmmmm.... recipe for BORING! But the glimpses of "invalids" that live on the fringes and in the wilds... that injects interest into the whole scenario. Delirium is part of one of a three part series (but I like long, long stories).
Sarah Drew is an excellent narrator who really puts her heart into her reading, bringing the story to life. It was all there for the hearing.... angst, anger, fright, contempt, worry, love. Character voices were great and believable.
Part one? Thumbs up.
Fantastic voices. Very creative
Without spoilers; I wanted more from a certain confrontation.
There's also a scene involving a motorcycle.... in which it's incredibly obvious the author has never driven one (Several large errors). These type of things break the world for me.
I never write reviews but I bought this books based on the many reviews saying how great the writing was. I love YA sci-fi and fantasy, but I also love literature with great writing and beautiful prose. This book is a rare combination of both.
Also, it must be said that Sarah Drew did a remarkable job. I've listened to around two dozen audiobooks so far, and the best of those readers do not even come close to her performance. Because the writing is so good, I don't think I would have liked the book less had I read it myself. In fact, I might want to read it eventually. But listening Sarah Drew being this story to life was a wonderful experience in and of itself.
I really enjoyed the storyline and concept - love is a disease - and am looking forward to the next book. What I am not looking forward to is the narration. While the narrator's voice is age appropriate (a little higher pitched like a teenage girl), it sounds like she is constantly yelling at me. It is on the verge of shrill. And, she talks really, really fast in many parts. To the point that I actually checked to see if I accidently changed the speed on my device. But I will soldier on, as I must find out what happens next!
Even tho I'm not a "Young Adult" anymore I enjoyed this story and the narrator was great. Reminded me vividly of my early romances..
For such a premise as a society that considers love a disease, the many references to modern day items (websites, Advil) made it seem silly. Wasn't really a big part of the story and could have easily been replaced by something more futuristic.