"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.
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Really good characters and emotions and ideas - I could easily put myself in their shoes.
I also loved what the book made me think about. Because there are people in the book who are 'cured' from having to love other humans... and the author shows the impact of life without love... I started to think about that. Who we love is so clearly connected to our ability to choose. I reconfirmed my opinion that it is our choices that truly make us individuals. It is our choices that define us.
Its a little like Divergent and Hunger Games. They are all distopian fictions, all viewed through the eyes of a teenager coming of age. And... each of them cause you to think about our current society and your own choices. In this book there was a close examination of love - and the choices we make - and what it would be like if we didn't have those choices to make.
The main character
I liked it all
Just a warning.... I generally read YA fiction to avoid sexuality, swearing and violence. I get that doesn't bother some listeners, but its not my thing. This book definitely had swearing, although not a lot of it. I wish that had been excluded. There was some mild violence, but it did not bother me. And although there was not a sex scene, there was definitely a scene where it came pretty close. That could have been left out, in my opinion. Just some information for those of you deciding whether to spend a credit.
Best book I've read in a while. Every time I thought I had it figured out... There was a twist in the plot that I didn't see coming.
I found my way to this book through a rather circuitous route. I first came across the Divergent Trilogy, which was another fantastic dystopian series. After devouring those books, I was on the look out for another dystopian novel, and came across Lauren Oliver. After reading the synopsis of the book, I was a little unsure. The premise of the series is that sometime into the future the American government has decided that love is disease that must be eradicated. Everyone is forced to undergo a procedure at 18 which removes love and the ability to have strong emotions of any kind from their system. Because the procedure is not safe for those under 18, children below the age of 18 are kept strictly segregated. Music, literature, art, anything that can evoke strong emotions have been banned. The premise seems a little far fetched. I can't imagine even in the worst possible future, would the united states government or the majority of its people go along with an idea as crazy as outlawing love.
So I put the book aside for a while, but then stumbled upon "Before I Fall", another Lauren Oliver novel. That book caught my attention, and i thoroughly enjoyed both the writing and the amazing narration. Sarah Drew, who narrates both "Before I Fall" and the Delirium trilogy is nothing short of amazing. I was nearly brought toI was so taken with her narration, I didn't care how outlandish the premise of the book seemed, I just wanted to hear her voice again.
But once you accept the slightly implausible premise though, everything else is very believable. You basically have a society of folks who are brainwashed by the government. 99% of the people you meet on the street are "cured", and lead mindless lives. People's every move is monitored. Their every conversation spied upon. Only government sanctioned books, music, art and literature are allowed. People have no rights and everyone is at the mercy of the government and their regulators. In fact, while the idea of banning love adds an extra level of tension to the story by instantly making the romance between our main characters a forbidden love, it's not critical. You can imagine the same dystopian society coming about due to any number of other more plausible reasons then the eradication of love.
Lauren Oliver does a masterful job of painting this world that is both chilling and yet strangely believable. Her writing, simply put, is beautiful. It draws you in, and flows over you and before you know it, you feel like you are looking at her world through Lena's eyes (Our protagonist), seeing what she is seeing, feeling what she is feeling. Some have criticized this book for being too slow. It takes the protagonist too long to realize the lie that she's living, the lie the government has been feeding her, her entire life. And maybe there's some truth to that criticism. But I really didn't mind, because of Lauren's writing. Her writing pulls you in so effortlessly, and you are just enjoying the ride as you almost become the main character and live through what she's living through and goes through the same journey of self discovery that she is slowly embarking on. For me, the slow pace at which Lena comes to terms with her decision to rebell against the system is what makes the story believable. It would seem completely implausible for someone who has been brainwashed for her entire life to suddenly, in the course of a few weeks, decide to become a resistance fighter. Of course that journey should take longer, and of course she would oscillate between embracing the truth and running back to the comfortable lie she's been fed her whole life. It's this struggle that bonds the reader to our heroine. Also, let's not forget this is the first book of a trilogy, and everything she invests here in slowly building up this intricate world full of depth, color and nuance will pay off in the long run. Having read book 2, I can already see a lot of it paying off in unexpected ways.
Confession – dystopian fiction isn’t really my thing, but how could I pass up a $5 bestseller on Audible? I’ve read so many stellar reviews about Delirium, so I figured it would be quality entertainment. Let me tell ya, if you’re an audiobook fan – check this one out! The narrator is absolutely fantastic!!! Through her dramatic narration, I really felt Lena’s anguish as she struggled to not fall victim to the dreaded love virus. Go to Chick Lit Cafe for the full review!
It was a unique story and I'm planning to get the next in the series.
It was engaging, unique, and almost believable.
Just the fact that I don't have time to read and this gives me an opportunity to enjoy stories.
I was very sad at the ending.
** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed this book more than I expected, but my expectations were pretty low. It's a ridiculous concept - love being outlawed and carved out of people. Still, I think the author pursued the idea well and I found myself liking Alex and Lena. Lena came across as whiny at times, but then I reminded myself about her age and I tolerated it.
The last chapter definitely kicks it into high gear. I wish Oliver spent less time on Lena's inner dialogue and anxiety and more time for the great escape.
Still, I couldn't put it down and ordered the next book. That counts for something.
Much better than some of the others. Her other voices (secondary characters) don't sound as drunk/high as previous audio books I'd listened to with Drew as the narrator.
Her voice is very pleasing and she does a great job narrating and speaking for the main character.
It was a pretty typical YA dystopian novel. I'd just read the Uglies series, so it was A LOT like that. I think I'm on dystopian overload right now.
However, it kept me interested and I liked it enough that I will be getting the next book.
As a mom of teenagers, I spend a lot of time in the car, and a lot of that time is spent listening to Audible. Because of that, I tend to listen to a lot of YA novels, and my reviews will include the "Mom View" of cussing, sexuality, etc...
I've listened to both books in this series, and will definitely listen to the third. That being said, I do hope she tones down the excessive introspection and reminiscing that seems to take over the main character at any given moment. As an adult, this did get tedious for me and I often found myself thinking, "Alright already, just get on with it!"
**However, be warned: this book does have scenes of mild sexuality (partial nudity, kissing) and cussing, including the "F-bomb."
I purchased this book during the "Paperback" sale and it was well worth the price. The only reason I did not give Delirium 5 stars was because I was unsatisfied by the ending. I want happy endings, not sad or bitter-sweet ones. I also felt that some of the characters could use more development. With that said, I found the premise and plot line to be fresh and stimulating. I would not hesitate to purchase a sequel of Delirium.
It's a good young adult story about what can happen when government tries to rule everything, including our emotions.
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