"Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."
Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, Before I Fall. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking." Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.
Also included is a sneak listen to the first chapter of the next book in the series. Enjoy!
©2011 Laura Schechter (P)2011 HarperCollins Pubilshers
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.
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 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.
I love to read and listen! I like all types of books, but lately I have been reading teen dystopian fiction. Favorite authors are Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hawthorne, and Poe. I am an English teacher and I am always looking for the next great read...
#1 in audio performance Sara Drew captures the spirit of Lena.
1984, Hunger Games Series, Feed
Her voice is the voice of teen angst.
Laugh and cry?
This book will keep you on the edge and leave you wanting more immediately!
This book had some entertaining parts, but by and large I found it disappointing. The fictional world is not very fleshed out, leaving only the idealized teenage love story to keep the reader's interest. I have no doubt I would have loved this as a teenager, but it is not one of those YA novels that translates well for adult readers.
Maybe, against my better judgement.
This is not at all what expected. This is no ordinary YA book, Its for teens and adults alike. The prose are beautiful. There is nothing patronizing, cheesy or trite about this story which some of the other series in this genre fall victim to. Make sure to have a box of Kleenex handy.
I would NOT compare this book to The Divergence trilogy of Hunger Games.
This is one of the best performances I have heard in a while. She makes the characters so vivid and authentic. She nails each character and captures the tone of young adulthood, the moodiness, chattiness, the emotional intensity of everything.
The relationships with Hannah and Alex are heartbreaking and wonderful.
Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!
This is another dystopian society young adult read. I'm not sure why they are so popular these days. Maybe because they are easy to imagine and one gets caught up in the story.
I sure did in this one.
It is touching, funny in some places even. But the story tells one of a world where love and hate are removed from the brain at around the age of 17. Any strong emotions that may cause chaos or deviate from a perfectly orderly society are gone. In essence, all the things that make us human.
Good read. I would recommend it and the follow up Pandemonium. The last of the trilogy is due out next month.
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