Just A little bibliophile!
A great story from the uniquely talented Lauren Oliver. I find her style very poignant with a refreshing and novel approach to the themes explored. Sarah Drew's talented narration totally draws us in to Lena's mind and emotions as she faces a new reality and discovers a world beyond the carefully constructed and controlled "society" she has been brought up in. Very interesting dystopian premise that love is a "disease" that must be carefully prevented and controlled at all costs. A touching love story develops between the characters, and I am "holding my breath" for the next installment...please bring it on, Ms. Oliver!
I bought this audiobook immediately after finishing Before I Fall. While the subject matter is very different, Delirium is just as beautiful and touching as Oliver's debut. Sarah Drew makes an excellent narrator (although I could see how her 'voices' could bother some people). Delirium is a fantastic book, and having found out that it is the first of a planned trilogy is very exciting. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Before I Fall or books like Uglies, The Hunger Games, Looking for Alaska, etc.
So I agree with several reviewers - I don't really like Lena. Its hard for me to recommend a book where I can't get behind the heroine. There are some interesting moments, but the book is SLOW, painfully slow for those of us who are not buying the chemistry between Alex and Lena. I can't get into those quotes/thoughts/speeches about love, especially when the reader's voice impression of Alex, reminds me of Pauly Shore.You wont be TOTALLY disappointed, you will just be MEH. Then you will have to decide if the cliffhanger is enough to get you to use a credit on Pandemonium. I
For I while I’ve wondered about why so many people loved Delirium. It didn’t particularly appeal to me and the description never sounded that interesting. I finally caved and had to see for myself what exactly everyone was talking about. Shortly into the book, I understood. It’s not the quite the story that’s amazing but it’s the writing. It’s beautiful and so remarkably well crafted that I can hear English teachers and librarians across the country giving thanks to Lauren Oliver for writing a young adult novel of this caliber. I seriously think the writing in this novel should be studied.
In a nutshell, love is illegal in Oliver’s dystopian society. Love, also known as delirium, is considered a disease and all citizens must undergo surgery to cure them for the delirium by the age of 18. Lena, the main character, is almost 18 and is looking forward to the day she is cured. The argument against love is that it is the cause of many of the worlds problems. “It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.” Rebels are imprisoned, killed, and beaten by the enforcers of the law. It’s hard to imagine our society ever banning love but Oliver makes her world is believable and surprisingly realistic. Even as I describe this book I don’t feel like I’m doing it much justice. I assure you there is more to Delirium than what I’ve described.
One of the things I enjoyed about Delirium was the way the author describes love. Yes it is a book about love, but Oliver clearly paints the positives and negative sides. She describes both sides so well that you root for the rebels and understand why love is banned and law is so forcefully upheld. For most of the book, Lena, is just discovering love. She is happy when she is with Alex, constantly smiling and laughing; and when she is away she feels the pain of missing him. Their secret love keeps them living in fear of being discovered. As Lena treads deeper into love, she begins to see the flaws in her society and how meaningless life is without love. People who have been cured seem to be without a soul and the society Lena once found comfort in, becomes a future she cannot bear without Alex.
Sarah Drew also delivered a fabulous performance. I had to get used to her voice at first but shortly into the book it became hard to stop listening to.
Overall, I finally see what everyone is talking about it. It’s a wonderful yet painful love story. You could say the Delirium has taken over me and now that it’s over it hurts. Upon finishing Delirium, I immediately bought the second book in the series and 20 minutes later I listening to Pandemonium. It ends on such a cliffhanger that I couldn’t wait to find what happened next.
I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it for whoever like distopian genre. Book is fast paced and well written. Characters are believable .
I liked this book. I really liked it, in fact.
However, I was at the last minute of the book and music starts playing behind the narrator's voice.
If the story isn't strong enough to hold up without accompaniment, it shouldn't have been published. Background music is one of the most distracting things in an audiobook and can ruin an otherwise ideal experience.
This is a YA novel about teens thinking for themselves - I like these. I don't care what the eventual outcome of their decision is - I just like the fact that they are encouraged to have a decision at all.
The book is a bit slow going at first, but picks up later on and by the last 1/4 I was anxious to learn the outcome (I even resorted to wearing my headphones in Wal-Mart!)
Mr. Middle Earth
Exceptional, Singular, Moving
This book's writing puts it at the TOP of my YA fiction list. Hunger Games, and Twilight, must come in at a distant second and third. Delirium by Lauren Oliver has set a new standard for what YA writing can be, and what it ought to be.
Sarah Drew delivers with a superb performance! She's believable, not over-the-top, while being emotional and deft in the nuances that Lauren Oliver weaves into her words.
This book made me cry in several places. A truly singular work- the most impressive YA book I've read in several years.
Curious about YA fiction, or a die-hard YA reader, you will be floored by this novel; truly it's the best the genre has to offer.
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Really enjoyed this book; the characters and the narration were excellent, will be starting the next book Pandemonium right away.
Great story...and characters. This was really exciting and though provoking....reminded me a lot of Hunger Gamers and even more of Matched. I'd recommend it!
I could not stop listening to this book! The narrator was fantastic! I can not wait until the next book comes out! It took me 3 days to listen to this book and that was me trying to pace myself!