This is another dystopian society young adult read. I'm not sure why they are so popular these days. Maybe because they are easy to imagine and one gets caught up in the story.
I sure did in this one.
It is touching, funny in some places even. But the story tells one of a world where love and hate are removed from the brain at around the age of 17. Any strong emotions that may cause chaos or deviate from a perfectly orderly society are gone. In essence, all the things that make us human.
Good read. I would recommend it and the follow up Pandemonium. The last of the trilogy is due out next month.
I could barely listen to this book. Valley girl voices? Really?
I have read others, and this story isn't so bad if it wasn't so hard to listen to it!
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Did not have any expectations for his YA novel. Loved it! Oliver's created a world that I could see and feel. Routed for the characters. Purchased the second book Pandemonium before I finished!
FYI. Many years from YA myself!
It takes some time to get into but once I did I was hooked.
She is a good reader, a little fast at times but I wouldn't change her.
This was a huge surprise for me - I've listened to hundreds of audio books and picked this up on a whim because it was on sale. It ended up being one of my favorite books to date. The concept was interesting and the characters were engaging. The story is a crazy mix of Hunger Games, Romeo and Juliet, and 1984 - three books that one would never expect to be mentioned in the same review but it somehow came together.
Overall the story has a lot of layers and you can spend hours thinking about how this books reflects on what's going on in today's world.
The narration was excellent. Sarah Drew could not have been a better pick.
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.