2013 Reading Challenges, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Reviews by Diayll

{Mini Audiobook Reviews} Delirium & Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audiobook Mini Reviews: This Week’s Listens

 

Delirium
Title: Delirium (Delirium, #1) 
Author: Lauren Oliver
ISBN-13: 9780061726835
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Pages: 480
Review Source: Audible Purchase
Grab It: Amazon

Overview:

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.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

 

 

 

 

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The most dangerous sickness are those that make us believe we are well”  —Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh

 

 

Lo and behold, I have a new love and her name is Lauren Oliver. I adore books that step outside of the norm and create something so unique, so intriguing you can’t help but fall in love with their mysterious nature. Delirium is a captivating tale of a young girls struggle to find herself in a society hell-bent on making everyone the same. Oliver presents an interesting take on what I believe most people take for granted, love.

This book will clutch onto your heart and stain your entire being…

In the novel, we follow Lena as she prepares to be cured from the evil affliction that killed her mother. She is actually excited to be free of the disease and ready to move on with her life, a job, a family, stability. Something she’s craved since her mother’s death left an undesirable stigma on the family. That is until she meets Alex, a boy who challenges her way of thinking. It is in those simple stolen moments with Alex, Lena begins to understand herself, the struggles her mother faced, and why love is dangerous. Because it makes you feel, think, act irrational, uninhibited, unafraid and with the whole of your being. Love is everything, and once discovered, it can never be forgotten or undone.

 

I truly enjoyed Delirium with my entire soul. Yes, you heard right. This book will clutch onto your heart and stain your entire being. It’s magical, emotional, and delightful. Moreover, if you go the audiobook route as I did, you will be mesmerized by the amazing voice of the narrator who does a phenomenal job of capturing the urgency and pain in Delirium. If you missed this novel when it first came out, don’t fret, there is still time to catch up with the series before book three, Requiem is released in March of this year.

 

 

 

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5 out of 5 Controllers

 

 

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Pandemonium
Title: Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) 
ISBN-13: 9780061978067
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/28/2012
Pages: 375
Review Source: Audible Purchase
Grab It: Amazon

Overview:

“So what was your name before?” I say, and she freezes, her back to me. “Before you came to the Wilds, I mean.”

For a moment she stands there.

Then she turns around.

“You might as well get used to it now,” she says with quite intensity.

“Everything you were, the life you had, the people you knew… dust.”

She shakes her head and says, a little more firmly, “There is no before. There is only now, and what comes next.”

After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive the “cure” – an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love – but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters. Although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.

 

 

 

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It’s so hard to write this review without spoilers, and for those of you who haven’t read Delirium – you just need to go do it right now. As in ASAP.

 

*Slight Spoilers Below*

Having lost the one person she has ever loved, Lena is now living in the Wilds and learning to survive as an outsider, someone who is infected with the horrible disease of love. She forges new relationships with members of the group (almost an entirely new cast of extraordinary characters), and learns a little bit more about herself with each passing day. But when her world is shaken by someone she’s not supposed to care about, someone she’s supposed to hate, Lena is forced to confront feelings she doesn’t want to have or experience ever again.

Lena comes alive, birthed right off the pages by Oliver’s compelling words…

 

The best thing about this series is the character development, and in Pandemonium, we experience Lena’s tremendous growth from book one to book two. How does one move on from a great and powerful loss? It’s not easy, and I think Oliver captured the emotional tidal wave perfectly. As she learns everything anew, Lena begins to come into her own person through the alternating ‘Now’ and ‘Then’ chapters. She’s stronger but not without fragility, wiser but not without doubt, and able to speak her mind and/or hold her tongue when necessary. Lena comes alive, birthed right off the pages by Oliver’s compelling words. And her story – as you will soon find out by the end – is far from being over.

 

Overall, if you are looking for a series to go above and beyond expectations, then I highly recommend the Delirium Trilogy. Frankly, it has some one of the most well written cast of characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And Lena truly is a heroine who will remain timeless.

 

 

 

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5 out of 5 Controllers

 

 

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Reader Question: Have you read this series? What are your thoughts on Lena and the story?