Until the last few chapters of Delirium, I was sure I wouldn't return for the second in the trilogy. Now I am in a quandary. The cliffhanger at the end of book one does make me want to check out the next book. The writing is good, even poetic at times. But something is holding me back.
I think it is because, just like in a similar book (Matched), the society and culture in Delirium are intriguing but the main character is annoying and shallow. In fact, the two books are too similar. Both are set in cultures that control personal relationships, both have "wild" areas outside the city where nonconformists live and do battle, both focus on a young female who are more obsessed with boys than with the lies they uncover about their society.
Lena, almost 18 and waiting for the cure that will remove the delirium from her system, is so obsessed with wanting to kiss Alex again that she has no emotional reaction to seeing a group of her peers beaten and, in one case, seeing a young man have his throat torn open by a dog. Her whining about her inadequacies, her looks, and her relationship grew tedious. Where was her repulsion for what she had witnessed? I wanted a strong female character, who matured with her experiences, not a overwrought teenager.
I was also put off by the swift change from serious happening to flippancy. Part of this could be due to the narrator's interpretation of the text. But in the scene in the backroom of the grocery store Lena and Hannah go from tears about the violence they witnessed to snappy comebacks about Alex in the blink of an eye.
The story is told from Lena's first person present point of view and it suffers from it. The reader is isolated in Lena's head and she is so preoccupied with Alex and the cure we don't learn enough about what goes on around her. Why, for instance, are there so few cars? Do the various gated cities communicate with each other? How does the United States function as a country? What set off the government policy requiring the removal of emotions, love in particular it seems, from the human condition? Reading reviews of the second and third books in the series, it is clear the author couldn't sustain the series in Lena's first person present point of view. In the second volume, she alternates present and future time to deal with the limitations. And Hannah becomes a viewpoint character in the third volume.
The narrator does an excellent job of differentiating the characters but I grew tired of the whiny internal monologues. Again, part of that is the text.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
Yeah I would, but this book probably won't appeal to everyone. I liked Anthem in highschool, and this is similiar in context.
I don't just have one. I loved the dynamic between the main characters Lena, Alex and Hanna.
I had a couple, first when Lena breaks the rules for the first time and goes to the illegal music concert and is freaked out by boys and girls being in public together. Next Lena meeting up with Alex on the beach where Lena becomes happy and carefree.
Yes when Alex says " I love you" to Lena.
I just moved on to the second book and I am hoping for a certain character to magically show up....keeping my fingers crossed.
This was not the caliber of The Hunger Games but the story was intriguing enough to keep my interest AND download book 2 in the series immediately. It was just a bit slow in development and lots of talk without as much action. The story surrounds a society who considers "love" to be a type of delirium. As a result, love is outlawed and once 18 their brains are altered to not allow the extreme emotion. We watch as the heroine of the story learns what love is and is willing to risk all to experience it. The character development was good and by the end of the book I couldn't wait download the next book because the adventure, it seems, is just getting started. It's definitely worth a credit and if you enjoy YA fiction, the odds of enjoying Delirium are high. The narrator could not have been better and really captured the characters well. Great job!
Could't make a four or five. Premise is way too thin.
Opening scene when heroine is taking her test for the procedure.
All of them
The premise of the book and I'm assuming the premise of the rest of the series is that society has decided that love is tragic disease that can and should be cured by medical procedures. Essentially love is the root of all evil. Get rid of it and people will be happy and docile. Way to thin a premise for me. Doesn't really hold up since there are evil people in this utopian society who presumably were cured of love and should be docile and not violent.
This is my second listen to this novel. Anxiously anticipating the release of book 3, I wanted to re-listen to the series to have the story more fresh in my mind. I loved it just as much the second time around. Great story, brilliant writing and OUTSTANDING narration. I would give the performance 10 stars if I could.
Delirium was my first time listening to Sarah Drew.
I found the whole book very moving. This was my first "dystopian" fiction novel and I was a bit apprehensive about the subject matter. Not really a genre that attracts me generally.The author told the story with such meaning and I truly cannot say enough great things about the performance of the narrator.
I would recommend it to a teen or young adult. It was entertaining, but somewhat superficial.
I expect there will be a sequel, everything is now in place.
Her voice is a bit shrill -- but I think that makes her the perfect narrator for a first person novel about an emotional teenage girl who's world is falling apart.
When he leans in and whispers: "grey".
This is the classic, love-will-conquer-all story set in a unique circumstance. America has isolated itself, thrown up walls, and walled off cities to form small islands. Love has been declared a disease and the root of all social ills. It becomes the task of the adults to get their children through childhood and puberty without falling prey to the dread disease before they can be cured at age 18 by a modified lobotomy. That's the catch, the most vulnerable cannot be cured because it's too dangerous before adulthood. The effect of the cure has the unintended side effect of producing detached parents without affection for their children. I did get a little annoyed at times that the main characters emotions were constantly tying her in knots, threatening to bubble up and betray her, making her ill, keeping her from breathing, etc, etc. But, on the other hand it's not how I would have reacted, it's how she, as a teen in this situation was reacting that was the story. So, I have to forgive her the overboard descriptions of angst.
I love all kinds of books but don't really read them anymore I would rather listen to them but I will still buy the book if I love it enough to collect it.
Another wonderful book I cant wait for the last one to come out to see what happens at the end of the story.
If you are tired of vampires and just can't relate to the politics of The Hunger Games then try Lauren Oliver's Delirium for a surprising change of pace. I truly enjoyed this story and Sarah Drew's reading of it.
I really enjoyed this book. The narration was fantastic. Sarah Drew did an amazing job. I am still shocked by the less than happy ending but am hopeful that the next book will be just as riveting. Currently listening to the second installment in the series.
I LOVE what most consider Young Adult fiction, but I would call it closer to Mature Young Adult. For example, sparkly vampires...not my thing. My favorite Author so far is Karen Marie Moning but I also have favorite books like A Game of Thrones which is EPIC!
It's behind "Iced" but I'm partial to Karen Marie Moning. Definetly number 2 so far.
The end...followed by her relationship with her best friend. Reminds me of me and my BFFs
Great character personality and emotion into the words, however I wish they has someone else play Alex...she still sounds like either a girl or a 9 year old boy. It did nothing for my image of the hero.
It made me cry and immediately make a Facebook post....Still upset about the tears
I'm grabbing the second book right now.