Lisa Tawn Bergren
I thought this was an excellent story with eloquent description, absorbing characters, and intense action and romance. As soon as I was done, I downloaded PANDEMONIUM, book 2!
Yes, because I feel like you get something new out of a book everytime you listen to it! There is action, suspense, mystery, and romance all rolled into one!
Lena, the heroine, was my favorite character. She is a real human being who is terrified and wants to follow the rules, but ends up gaining the courage and strength she needs to make the right choice.
Even though it was an eleven hour book, my husband and I listened to it in only two sittings (we were on a road trip). This book was so great we would turn it on to listen even if we were just driving a couple of minutes away!
Sarah Drew did a great job performing the book. However, her voice is very high pitched and the male characters sounded very odd. The male protagonist kind of sounded like he was stoned during the entire book.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Alex's rescue of Lena of course!!!!!!!!
I really liked Lena's testing. Very smart and very telling of who Lena is.
Of course the ending destroys you. SO sad! But it just shows how lovely of a character Alex is.
When it comes to teen vampire/werewolf/angel romances, I just can't seem to stand reading them because they all feel the same. Dystopian, on the other hand, is something that I have enjoyed but I don't know if I am at my breaking point with them or if Delirium was just not as good as The Hunger Games and the Divergent trilogies. With that said, I really did like Delirium. The concept is certainly interesting where love is the cause of disease and strife and, when eliminated from society, has the possibility of making things easier. The development is that while the elimination of love is supposed to bring happiness and security, it brings none of that and creates a robotic group of uncaring people. Our main character is interesting because she psychologically clings to her societal teachings; when they are challenged, she really oscillates between beliefs. So, I give it a four for its concept (really liked it) and only a 3 for delivery (liked it) because the author rambled pretty regularly and it drove me a little crazy at times (plus I listened to the audio and the narrator's voice was a overly dramatic and grating) Which brings me to wonder (as I do often) if I had read the print format versus listening to the audio, would I have rated it higher? It seems unfair because I don't know. Will I read the next book? Yes, but I am not in a rush.
Life is great!
Different, timeless, fantasy.
When Lena realized what she was feeling was love and it was worth fighting for, breaking the law for, a reason to live and leave.
This is not necessarily a book I would have been drawn to, but the reviews were so good and intriguing I thought I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did! Give it some time if at first you are not sure, as was I, about the style of writing. MIT was well worth the credit and the time spent.
I finished this book, and it was ok, but really not very interesting for an adult,
Probably just fine for young adults or teens.
Narration was good.
Love the audio version! Sarah Drew has the absolute best voice for the late teen lead character.
Really good characters and emotions and ideas - I could easily put myself in their shoes.
I also loved what the book made me think about. Because there are people in the book who are 'cured' from having to love other humans... and the author shows the impact of life without love... I started to think about that. Who we love is so clearly connected to our ability to choose. I reconfirmed my opinion that it is our choices that truly make us individuals. It is our choices that define us.
Its a little like Divergent and Hunger Games. They are all distopian fictions, all viewed through the eyes of a teenager coming of age. And... each of them cause you to think about our current society and your own choices. In this book there was a close examination of love - and the choices we make - and what it would be like if we didn't have those choices to make.
The main character
I liked it all
Just a warning.... I generally read YA fiction to avoid sexuality, swearing and violence. I get that doesn't bother some listeners, but its not my thing. This book definitely had swearing, although not a lot of it. I wish that had been excluded. There was some mild violence, but it did not bother me. And although there was not a sex scene, there was definitely a scene where it came pretty close. That could have been left out, in my opinion. Just some information for those of you deciding whether to spend a credit.
Best book I've read in a while. Every time I thought I had it figured out... There was a twist in the plot that I didn't see coming.
I found my way to this book through a rather circuitous route. I first came across the Divergent Trilogy, which was another fantastic dystopian series. After devouring those books, I was on the look out for another dystopian novel, and came across Lauren Oliver. After reading the synopsis of the book, I was a little unsure. The premise of the series is that sometime into the future the American government has decided that love is disease that must be eradicated. Everyone is forced to undergo a procedure at 18 which removes love and the ability to have strong emotions of any kind from their system. Because the procedure is not safe for those under 18, children below the age of 18 are kept strictly segregated. Music, literature, art, anything that can evoke strong emotions have been banned. The premise seems a little far fetched. I can't imagine even in the worst possible future, would the united states government or the majority of its people go along with an idea as crazy as outlawing love.
So I put the book aside for a while, but then stumbled upon "Before I Fall", another Lauren Oliver novel. That book caught my attention, and i thoroughly enjoyed both the writing and the amazing narration. Sarah Drew, who narrates both "Before I Fall" and the Delirium trilogy is nothing short of amazing. I was nearly brought toI was so taken with her narration, I didn't care how outlandish the premise of the book seemed, I just wanted to hear her voice again.
But once you accept the slightly implausible premise though, everything else is very believable. You basically have a society of folks who are brainwashed by the government. 99% of the people you meet on the street are "cured", and lead mindless lives. People's every move is monitored. Their every conversation spied upon. Only government sanctioned books, music, art and literature are allowed. People have no rights and everyone is at the mercy of the government and their regulators. In fact, while the idea of banning love adds an extra level of tension to the story by instantly making the romance between our main characters a forbidden love, it's not critical. You can imagine the same dystopian society coming about due to any number of other more plausible reasons then the eradication of love.
Lauren Oliver does a masterful job of painting this world that is both chilling and yet strangely believable. Her writing, simply put, is beautiful. It draws you in, and flows over you and before you know it, you feel like you are looking at her world through Lena's eyes (Our protagonist), seeing what she is seeing, feeling what she is feeling. Some have criticized this book for being too slow. It takes the protagonist too long to realize the lie that she's living, the lie the government has been feeding her, her entire life. And maybe there's some truth to that criticism. But I really didn't mind, because of Lauren's writing. Her writing pulls you in so effortlessly, and you are just enjoying the ride as you almost become the main character and live through what she's living through and goes through the same journey of self discovery that she is slowly embarking on. For me, the slow pace at which Lena comes to terms with her decision to rebell against the system is what makes the story believable. It would seem completely implausible for someone who has been brainwashed for her entire life to suddenly, in the course of a few weeks, decide to become a resistance fighter. Of course that journey should take longer, and of course she would oscillate between embracing the truth and running back to the comfortable lie she's been fed her whole life. It's this struggle that bonds the reader to our heroine. Also, let's not forget this is the first book of a trilogy, and everything she invests here in slowly building up this intricate world full of depth, color and nuance will pay off in the long run. Having read book 2, I can already see a lot of it paying off in unexpected ways.