I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Delirium is a YA book, but it also has some very mature themes. It was too immature for me at times, but overall it is an unusual and touching story. The romance is innocent and sweet, but the young characters are very strong. I did feel like the author described the dystopia and the "cured" people in Portland way, way too often. OMG, stop!
The second half of the book is much better than the first. The tension begins to build, and the action toward the end is very tense! Cliffhanger ending is frustrating but good. You will want to continue with the series.
NARRATION - The reader has a high-pitched voice, perfect for the young characters in the book. She does a great job portraying teenaged emotions, and I really liked the young male voice she gave to Alex.
OVERALL - Delirium wasn't awesome, but I recommend it mainly because I expect a lot from the rest of the trilogy.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
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 was wary of this title, but as it was an "editor's pick" for the tournament of books, I decided to give it a try.
The plot here is derivative (seen the movie Equilibrium? This idea was better done there - which isn't setting the bar particularly high). The dystopian future described is so illogical that it is difficult to buy into as a reader. The central plot is a romance, which isn't really my genre, and it's sickly sweet here. The characters lacked depth.
Some of the best bits were the chapter epigraphs which set out children's rhymes or propaganda quotations. These gave the world a bit more history and context. But, epigraphs are hardly a reason to read a novel.
The narration was superb. But, by the middle of the book I was just waiting for it to end. I had no interest in the characters, had no doubt as to how the plot would pan out, and simply persevered because I'd sunk the credit into it. I probably should have rated my time more highly.
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.
Worst book ever, this girls inner monologue goes on forever; got through 3/4ths of the book with nothing happening. The person doing the voice of this character sounds like a whining teenager. I couldn't finish the audiobook because the story and performance was that bad.
What wouldn't have made it better?
The lack of intelligent writing! There were a lot of intelligent words, but NO intelligent writing!
The only scenes I would not cut would be the ones with Grace... her character had potential, but was never developed.
I am not a hard sell and generally enjoy every book I listen to on Audible, but this book was terrible. The narrator's voice was annoying after the first hour and the book was for, at best, high schoolers. I was so frustrated that every review raved about this book and I wasted my credit on this sci-fi teeny bopper romance.
I continued on with the series because I saw potential for exploring Western cultural norms on love in a less conventional way, but my curiosity to see how Oliver treated that potential was the only reason I carried on with the trilogy. It's unlikely that I will pick up another series written by Oliver.I will, however, happily listen to other books narrated by Sarah Drew as she does a magnificent job.
I thought the potential to more deeply explore our understanding and perceptions of loving relationships, specifically outside of romantic relationships, was the most intriguing aspect of the book. Otherwise, I found this book conventional and bland.
Yes, I enjoyed listening to this audiobook, primarily for Drew's excellent narration.
The concept of the book is unique and what drove me to select it. However, I found the main character to be overly dramatic to the point of detraction of the story line. A younger audience may appreciate it more.