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.
I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.
This was my first time reading a Lauren Oliver novel. And I was pleasantly surprised. The story is told by an 18 yr young women. Who realizes that the world she lives in is a lie. Imagine a world without LOVE. Its not a mushy romance novel. I personally do not like mushy romance novels. If your looking for something new and refreshing I suggest that you listen to this book.This book is very well written( very descriptive). If you close your eyes and listen you can imagine this place. I enjoyed Sarah Drew as the narrator. I can't wait to listen to Pandemonium.
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.
SPOILER ALERT FOR THIS BOOK, HUNGER GAMES, MATCHED, DIVERGENT AND SHIVER SERIES*********************
This book has been strongly recommended by everyone I know. I truly did enjoy reading it, particularly the last 1/3 of the book.
This could have and should have been a four star book, but I read it too late in my string of YA novels, so it wasn't original enough for me. I saw the following resemblances- :
- Taking down the government (sure to be part of the rest of the series) = "Hunger Games" and "Divergent"
- Looking for a cure (occurred in book 1 for the infected, assuming there will be a reverse cure by the end of the series) = "Shiver/Linger/Forever"
- Trying to find your true love when you're not permitted (surely to be a part of book 2) = "Matched"
Those are the similarities off the top of my head.
Had I read "Delirium" first, I wouldn't have seen repetitiveness. Since I read it after these other books, it seemed less original.
However, as I stated earlier, I still really enjoyed reading it, felt for the main characters, and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Also, this book's narration was spot on. Excellent!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I can not begin to express how much I LOVED this book. It is so beautifully written and just completely enthralling. It's been a long time since I've been so emotionally touched by a book. Lauren Oliver's writing is more poetic then prose and it absolutely took my breath away!
As far as dystopian world building it isn't the best, but this is so well written it didn't really matter. This one left me wanting more and I can not wait to continue on to book 2 and 3.
Sarah Drew's performance is brilliant and complete perfection.
I wish I could give this one 6 Stars! Worth a credit and then some.
This book, despite its clichés and the way it buries it's important details under three feet of rancid similes, did one thing I didn't expect. While the publishers won't market it as such, love, in this world, is not just between lovers. It is the love between family members and between friends. It spends a significant portion of the book focusing on her mother's illegal love for her. The romance seemed, at least in my opinion, to distract from the stronger points of the novel.
As for the voice acting, the reader did an amazing job imitating a teenaged girl. If there weren't any male roles, she would have been a 4 star performer. Her male voices, on the other hand, made me cringe.
Not the worst thing I've ever listened to, but pretty close.
Love the classics and good mysteries.
The whole plot could have been developed in one single book.
Yes, teenagers would love it
The readers has a high pitch voice that get annoying as the book progresses
I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.
It IS possible to fall in love with a new favorite book at my age. it's love as a subject, as a necessity , and as a delicate but unyielding part of humanity that makes every word of this Audible book true for me, true for you, and true for each person who listens Drew is powerful in her storytelling making me believe that she knows and feels and has loved a lifetime of living to put this much of herself into a narrative . A book about failed policy , empty and misguided humanity, and the insanity of a world without love, the tale Oliver tells is astounding because it's possible , it's hair rising because it could happen and it's scary as hell because humans always seem to ride the edges of selfish and self destructive canyons with the abyss calling to us. I don't want to be around when our penchant for over diagnosing smashes the life out of our ability to love and smashes the love out of our ability to live but I will follow the story into book two. I'm hooked
I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters
Yes, and I've read other Lauren Oliver books that I liked much better. I just think the concept of this was not well thought out or entirely convincing.
No. I mean, trying to cut love out of your brain as the concept sounds cool until you think too much about it, and then you're like, "uhhh, what?"
Not a bad story, just didn't hold my attention. I feel like there was a ton of backstory and history that writer maybe wanted to inlcude, but didn't end up having the space for it. And knowing more of how and why this world came to be would have been really helpful at creating more tension. As readers we all know that love can't be chopped out of your brain, but this world of people believed it was possible...and I just couldn't connect with that.
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
Ok so my friend and I decided to read this book together while waiting for "twice tempted" to come out. I was on the fence about it and had it in my wish list for a while now but since my friend was gonna read it too I thought it would be fun. It was a very good book. No sex in the book and I like that, it was about the 4 letter word LOVE! I'm so glad she chose this book to read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. And what a cliffhanger!!!!! Off to read the next book in the series now!