Wow, after listening to some books with horrible narration, I come across this gem. This is a great story but in all honesty I think Sarah Drew made it better. The way she spoke and animated everything, I could truly picture every single part of the book. The story itself is great. I'll admit that when I read the description I thought that a book about love being a disease was silly and I kept passing it. I'm so glad I finally gave it a chance.
From Lauren Oliver? Maybe. She writes very well but the story got very weak at the end.
Sarah Drew? Definitely. She's amazing in this.
The story got incredibly predictable coming down to the end. The romance in it felt very forced and it was too sappy for words. Some of the cheesiest things are done and said, most of them are cliches and it was very upsetting considering the start of the story.
At the beginning the concept is fresh. Love outlawed? Tell me more! The story sort of devolved though into a parade of young adult fiction tropes and it was just hard to listen to. I think Oliver is a good writer though she just needs to be unpredictable. If she took the story to a place I didn't expect this becomes a 5 star story.
She does emotions very well. Hope, anguish, and love are all represented convincingly.
Not even for free. Too predictable.
I love the genre. Storyline was intriguing.
The unexpected ending!
Too many to list!
Yes...can't wait to continue the series!
there is good YA and there is bad YA. this is pretty bad. the prose was overblown, the central idea that love is outlawed by the government and why it was so needed never made sense and the plot just prodded along so slowly. i found the heroine super annoying and kept wanting hanna to be the lead. narrator was fine, didn't add anything to help the story but didn't make anything worse. so not worth the credit.
I'm not a huge fan of dystopian YA by any means. I've really own read The Hunger Games trilogy , and I couldn't get into to Divergent for the life of me. The only reason I picked up Delirium was because I had just finished -- and been completely amazed by -- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver's previous book.
It's not as excellent as Before I Fall, by any means, and it doesn't do dystopia nearly as well as The Hunger Games, but it's still a totally enjoyable YA read. Lena lives in a dystopian Portland, Maine, USA, that views love -- not just romantic love, but love between friends and family members as well -- as the worst disease of all. At the age of eighteen, all citizens undergo a procedure, essentially a lobotomy, that 'cures' them of love. Lena, whose mother she believes had been driven to suicide by the disease, awaits her cure with the utmost excitement until she meets Alex. You can guess what happens next.
Delirium does not pretend to be anything besides a love story. The world-building that is so integral to a dystopia is lacking and sloppy, and the premise obviously requires some suspension of disbelief. But Lena is a sweet and believable character, and the supporting characters are multi-dimensional and entertaining.
Oliver's ability to create beautiful images in intact from Before I Fall, with gorgeous descriptions of Portland and the surrounding Wilds. I'd say what she lacks here in world-building and plot construction she makes up for in her beautiful descriptions and totally believable love story.
Sarah Drew has such a lovely voice, infused with just the right amount of innocence of a young girl on the cusp of the rest of her life. I had just finished listening to Drew perform (and it really is a performance rather than a narration) Before I Fall, and I was impressed with how she was able to differentiate the voice of Samantha and Lena. She brings the characters alive.
This is a fun and interesting approach to the inevitable discovery of young love. We all know how powerful and insane love can be. Imagine living in a world where there is a cure for this insanity? What would life look like? What will happen when; and if, a young couple can overcome the strong pull of an overwhelming societal norm. Is it worth the risk, ridicule, and ultimate isolation that will result if these young people explore one of our most basic and powerful human endeavors?
This is a short but interesting tale that takes a new approach to one of the oldest stories of human kind.
These three books have reminded me why I read (or listen to) books. Excellent story line. You are so quickly caught up in the story that you can't stop reading or listening to the story to find out what happens next. I highly suggest all three in the series. You will not be disapointed.
Sarah Drew is an excellent story teller. I absolutely could not put these down. She had me following along with her as if I was in the story myself. Would listen to her anytime, anywhere and anyday.
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
You know you're a Grey's Anatomy fan when you recognize the voice of Dr April Kepner in less than a minute of this story (especially when you had no clue she was the narrator)... but, that is not necessary for the review. :D
I am somewhat tired of the dystopian theme in novels, but I am glad I gave this one a try. I really, really enjoyed this. It was very different from others dystopian novels out there, and I'm very curious where the story is going to go from here. I thought Lauren Oliver wrote this very well. The plot was well thought out, as were the characters, and she wrote Lena exactly like a 17 year old, in her thoughts and actions. I thought the sub-characters were just as important as the main characters. Hana and Carol helped form Lena's personality just as much as Lena did. I am looking forward to learning more about Alex in the coming books though. There is still so much mystery there. Aside from the story and the characters, I really appreciated the bits of flash fiction mixed in with the story. It didn't feel out of place, and actually helped bring out the stress of the moments. I enjoyed it.
Lastly, this story was brought to life perfectly by Sarah Drew. Sarah captured the emotions of the story very well. She knew when to read quickly (stress, anxiety), when to slow down or pause (hesitation, nervousness), and what tone to use to express the emotions as well. It was very well done.
The two of them, Lauren Oliver and Sarah Drew, have created a unique and nearly perfect pair for an audio book. So much so that, I find myself on my computer writing a review and downloading the sequel within minutes of finishing the first book... that's rare for me! Kudos to the two talented ladies!
It's an interesting concept, and one of the better-written dystopian romances out there, though I felt the story really dragged and there was not much to the plot in the end.
Definitely to teenagers. As an adult I found it trying and even cloying at times, way too many descriptions of every single thought and movement, metaphors out the whazoo.
The reader sounds like a teenager and reads with a lot of expression and enthusiasm, but that constant teenager-y voice gets on my nerves, so I can only listen for short bursts.
My kids would drag me.
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!