It's a teen read but Lauren Oliver knows how to suck you in at any age. Sometimes the protagonist can get on your nerves, but then again she IS a teen about to undergo a traumatic and life-altering procedure. Will she risk it all and choose her boyfriend, or play it safe and give up love? I dunno, better listen to find out, duh!
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
I previously read this author’s book “Before I Fall” and found I really enjoyed her writing style but was disappointed in the book’s lack of interesting turns. The author has a skill that you rarely see in YA authors. She uses quite a few metaphors and similes, which I felt built mood and ambiance without being distracting. I was much happier with the Delirium series as it’s a dystopia and thus delves into more interesting content.
Of course, one must note that there are many many YA dystopias out there with a brave young woman and her love interest. But I felt the focus of the book wasn't so much on this relationship but all relationships the heroine has. How does the love cure affect how others interact with you? How do parents treat their children and spouses? You start to see the domino affect in a society with no affection and the author contrasts this with uncured children and the rare uncured adult.
One of the things I enjoyed about the world of this dystopia is that it felt like a very believable near future. I can absolutely see our society going down a path like this “for the greater good.” With domestic drones and brain research in the news this week it felt very close.
I also enjoyed what I considered a nod to Huxley’s “Brave New World” by making Shakespeare and other works of literature banned (or used as cautionary tale) and also the limiting of music. Another world-building concept I felt worked well was how each chapter begins with excerpts from their manual for society rules and new religion.
About a third of the book focuses partially on building your affection for the main characters then about the last third is very action-packed. I found in general, though, the book pulls you forward plot-wise as you know the main character is quickly approaching a procedure that will make her into a socially-approved drone. This series does delve into some violence when people don’t toe the line, but it won’t be as shocking as Mazerunner or Divergent so expect a more believable version of the future.
Reads a lot like a young adult version of the Handmaid's Tale, unravels in a predictable but moves along at a clip, and its unique dystopia gives a tired doomed romance a new set of parameters. Sarah Drew's narration is charming, but her voice grated on my passenger.
This series was creative, suspenseful and had some nice twists. Very entertaining listen and I couldn't stop listening till I finished all 3 books. It definitely feels more young adult than other books in the YA category but I still really enjoyed it, even being in my 30's. The story was creative, fun and very entertaining. I only wish the ending of the last book had been more elaborate. It felt rushed and concluded too quickly.
I felt that the narrator was way over the top with her energy level, and was over-acting and overly dramatic/enthusiastic but I think she did a pretty good job other than that. It didn't help that the author was way over descriptive and used analogies for almost everything, which got on my nerves.
Overall, I really enjoyed this series and may read it again in the future.
This is the most descriptive narrative that I have ever read/listened to! The way that the author described the feeling and situations that Lena gets into....it's almost breathtaking! I can see it without trying. I can't imagine reading this book either without hearing Sarah Drew's voice and the way that she reads this book; she makes everything that Lauren Oliver describes come to life! It is amazing and I give both the author and the narrative props for the way that they present this book...I couldn't have imagined it any better. Thank you! I am actively looking for other books that Lauren Oliver has written and other books that Sarah Drew as narrated. Either way, I will be happy!!!
I only have two vices in life, wine and my audible books. I will cut you if you try to take either one from me!
Probably not. It is an entertaining book, but it took the 2nd download for the story to take hold. The reader's voice sounds a little too young for me in the beginning, but I guess that is to be expected when surfing the young adult titles.
By the time I got close to the ending, I was hooked, and knew I'd be buying the series.
Alix. A more mature character.
The end! I got chocked up at how many times Alix he demonstrated unconditional love
This book was interesting. It took me a minute to get into it mostly because I couldn't fathom a world where love was outlawed. I had a hard time wrapping my brain around it, and I was annoyed with the characters and the way they defended their way of living and thinking. But I kept on listening and it gets really good. I enjoyed how the characters fell in love, and how this love affected the path they were on in such a life altering way. It was kind of annoying honestly though listening to Sarah Drew because her character drives me crazy on Grey's Anatomy. It's hard to picture anything but Sarah's face in my mind when she was talking instead of trying to imagine her as Lena. Sarah did a good job on the narration, it was just the fact that I associate her voice with someone else that bothered me.
yes it was an interesting concept. I like the development of the characters
yes ver different story I liked it
Yes would be good
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
This was my first listen with Lauren Oliver and the book is great but the narration is outstandingly done. You get a very close actual feel for the characters, for their pain and longing. Excellent job Sarah Drew!
I loved how this book reminded me of what it's like to be a young adult. Growing up believing that the system put in place is to protect you, for your own good. Then as pedals from a rose are picked away you begin to grow and see that not everyone is telling you the truth. Not everyone cares about your protection, they only care about the power they have over you.
This book is that type of dystopian world where of all things, Love is a disease and you have to be cured of it. If you are not, you are a sick and diseased person who can't be relied to make good choices, those choices are taken from you when you are cured. If you are cured you are a good citizen and allowed to be part of the world that is functional.
But not everyone is cured. Not everyone wants it.
What I appreciate about this book most is the comparison to old literature. How society has re-written old stories so that people will not want to love and they are scared into obeying. The bible is even rewritten as the book of "Shhhhhh". So it keeps you on your toes trying to remember the same stories you grew up with and how they differ in this book.
Delirium is well worth the credit.
drawing on the walls
I would definitely recommend this book! I really enjoyed the entire series. The story was original and interesting. It will keep you on your toes.