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Three Stars: Delirium by Lauren Oliver Audiobook

Read and Review HopIn a world were love is a disease, Lena has lived her whole life looking forward to her 18th birthday when she will be cured and safe from contracting “the most deadly of all deadly things.” However, dystopias just aren’t happy with the status quo, and Lena quickly starts meeting people and experiencing things that convince her the government might not be right about everything after all….

I have a rather long drive to school/work and therefore need to have an audiobook with me always ;-). I’ve found that the best place to look for them is the library’s YA section, because they are so much better than the Adult selection :D. I was hopeful for Delirium since I had seen a lot of positive reviews, but the dystopia genre has gotten so filled up lately that I just have gotten a lot pickier in what a book needs to bring in order to be new enough. Don’t get me wrong, I see a lot of promise in this trilogy, Delirium just didn’t have me jumping for joy, or even hopping really.
Delirum by Lauren Oliver Goodreads Amazon
Title:
Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Discs: 9
Genre-ish: Dystopia YA
Rating★★★ – promising premise, kinda meh

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.And I’ve always believed them. Until now.

Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected
with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie. — Goodreads

 


Strengths:

  • The premise is really interesting, since love does wreak a lot of havoc in young people’s lives, but I find it fairly doubtful our society would ever make the shift to wanting to go without it, given that we stereotypically consider life incomplete without love nowadays….
  • I really loved the secondary characters Hanna and Grace! Hanna is the best friend and she was spunky and fun. Grace was the adorable younger cousin/adopted sister that you wanted to cuddle and hug, so cute!
  • The plot twist 2/3 through Delirium was epic and completely unexpected :D.

Weaknesses:

  • I wasn’t nearly as in love (haha) with the main characters of Delirium. Lena just seemed rather flat to me, and Alex was that guy that I could understand why my friend had a crush on, but I was not interested in at all. It made it difficult to feel much of a connection to the romance element, which is kind of a big deal if you didn’t guess ;-).
  • The romance plot is also pretty darn predictable, especially with the references being dropped all over the place *sigh*.
  • Again, while the premise is interesting, I really doubt that it would happen. The cool thing about dystopias is when they are eerily possible, and I just didn’t get that feeling with Delirium.
  • While Delirium is a solid YA dystopia, there didn’t seem to be anything fresh to bring to the genre, and Delirium just didn’t grab me as a book. If I wasn’t listening to it, I probably would have forgotten to pick it up again.
  • I don’t recommend listening to this one on audio, I found the narrator’s voice to be too childish at times and might have been part of the reason I didn’t connect with the main characters.

Summary:
As with a lot of books, if you are in the mood for a YA dystopia that doesn’t stray from the genre, Delirium is just your cup of tea. However, if you want something fresh and are freaking sick of books that ring very similar, then you might want to skip this one. The one thing I will say, however, is that where Delirium ends opens up the possibility for the rest of the trilogy to be much better (in my opinion ;-)) than the first book. I am planning to continue on with Pandemonium, partially because I know the library has it, and partially because I’m really hopeful with the direction the story seems to be going. If you are willing to put in the time for a trilogy, Delirium might be worth trying out. Again though, I don’t recommend the audio unless you like a fairly adolescent voice for the narrator.

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

 

 Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Comments

  1. I might try out Delirium someday, but I wasn’t too impressed with another Oliver book that I’d read in the past, so I’m not jumping at her books now. I know…I shouldn’t judge all her books based on being “meh” about one of them, but….so many authors, so little time!

    • I completely agree with the limited time! Honestly, unless you are starving for classic YA dystopians, you are probably safe skipping this one *nods*

  2. I loved Delirium (and Pandemonium) but it was also either the second or third dystopian that I read. And the more I read , the more picky I become so I totally understand where you are coming from!

  3. I haven’t read Delirium yet, but I loved how you said there was an epic plot twist! However, I’m glad you mentioned that the main character fell flat for you; my biggest turn-off for a book is a main character who falls flat/I can’t connect with. Great review & I’m curious to see what you think of the rest of the trilogy if you read it! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    • Oh yeah, if you like plot twists, you got it! And as I’m reading Pandemonium, I’m finding that Lena is strengthening as a character, so I’m hopeful about the rest of the trilogy. Thanks for stopping by :D

  4. I’ve been pretty picky about the YA I pick up. I enjoy the intensity of Hunger Games, the magic of Harry Potter, and occasionally, the complication of first loves. But I don’t really care of love triangles, or instant love, or characters having incredible powers without having earned them. So, i appreciate your reviews to help me pick out the more interesting YA.

    • I agree, I was always a bit skeptical of YA, and then found that I did really enjoy certain books of the genre, so I’m no longer a complete snob about avoiding it (which is good, since otherwise I’d miss out on some great books!), but there are definitely a lot of mediocre books out there, just like any other genre. Dystopia is going through the popular cycle right now because of Hunger Games, and so this subgenre is just getting a little overcrowded unfortunately :-/

  5. I agree. I felt this one was kind of on the meh side of things too. I also loved the secondary characters and felt the last third of the book was its strongest part. I’ve been debating as to whether or not I want to give Pandemonium a shot but I think, since we felt the same about Delirium, I’ll just wait to see what you think. :]

    • Yeah, it was just surprising to me how little of an impression Lena really made on me, not a good quality for the lead character…. My review for Pandemonium is coming out next week though, and I did like that one a bit better :D

  6. I read Delirium some time ago and you described my impression perfectly. It was not bad but I just could not see what caused all the fuss about this trilogy. It seems just like another book in a long row of similar ya dystopians. I will be waiting for your review of Pandemonium to know if these book deserve another shot. :)

    • Whew, I was worried I was the only one ;-) I think this genre is just getting a little over populated lately unfortunately :-/ My review for Pandemonium is coming out next week though and I did like it a bit better :D

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