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review 2015-12-12 00:48
Pandemonium
Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver

❝ We are all identical drips and drops of people hovering, waiting to be tipped, waiting for someone to show us the way, to pour us down a path.❞

Lauren's writing is still brilliant on this one. I will be reading definitely more books from her.
Now my thoughts on "Pandemonium":

The second book of the series is narrated again by Lena; her past and present self. Our heroine is more brave in this book than in the first one and she believes more in herself. I liked the second installment a bit more than the first one, perhaps because Raven was in it and not annoying Hana =P

 

There were lots of highlighted quotes on this one but this a quote that I really loved: (about banned books)

❝ Some of them -the best ones- are doors.❞

They are indeed, dear Lauren.

 

More on the story --Spoilers ahead--

Lena has managed to cross the fence and end up to the wilds leaving behind Alex. She is of course heartbroken. As she learns to adapt to her new life she meets new people along the way like Raven, a fierce, independent girl only a few years older than Lena. I loved Raven and how tough she was. Lena's present self narration is about her persona as an 'invalid' (like Alex was). In the present storyline, she behaves like a cured and she a part of the resistance.

Now what knocked one star was the new love interest: Julian. Although I didn't hate the introduction of a new romance, I didn't love it either. The story between Lena and Julian is basically the repetition of the story of Alex and Lena but switched: in the first book Alex was first not honest with Lena, he was the one that made her 'sick', he was the strong one. In this book, it's the other way around: now Lena is the one that is being dishonest with Julian (at least at first), she is the one that gives him the deliria and she is the strong one. I get that this parallel was made to see perhaps the growth of our heroine, but still..

That being said, I quite liked Julian. Truth to be told we did get to know more about Julian than we did for Alex. The relationship with Lena had a nice pace too.

Which brings me to my biggest complain with these series: time. What I mean by that is that everything in these books is happening too damn fast: Lena fell for Alex too fast (being in love at eighteen can be instantaneous but still), she adapted to the Wilds way too fast and she got over Alex too fast. 

As a final note the ending wasn't exactly shocking but still I enjoyed that

Alex is alive!

(spoiler show)

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review 2015-12-09 03:40
Raven
Raven (Delirium, #2.5) - Lauren Oliver

  Now this short story was really nice.It's by far my favorite of the three independent short stories (although I haven't read Alex yet)

In this short story from the Delirium series, we get a glimpse of Raven's past and find out how her relationship with Tack happened.

She was one of my favorite characters in the series so I really enjoyed her narration.

 

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review 2015-12-08 19:32
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver

Damn you Lauren Oliver.

*off reading Requiem*

 

-full review to follow

 

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review 2015-11-30 18:55
Hana
Hana - Lauren Oliver

Another short story to add to the delirium universe. I wasn't fond of this one however. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I do not like Hana so much to begin with. There were some quotes I liked but again this one adds so little to the main story. It doesn't even say what Hana did after Lena goes 'missing'. That would have been nice; or even if we have her perspective and thoughts when Lena is caught. Off to read "Pandemonium" now!

 

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review 2015-11-29 23:50
Annabel
Annabel - Lauren Oliver

This is the prequel in a way of the Delirium series first book. Written from Lena's mother point of view we learn about her past: how was her childhood, how she met the girls' father, how she escaped her prison.

 

It was a very short 'book' and I am also reading Hana's pov now before starting the second book. It was nice to read Annabel's story but I didn't find it essential. One thing that surprised me was that the guy that helped her, Thomas, was Rachel's love. I never would have made the connection. 


Again what I really enjoyed was Lauren's poetic writing:


❝ That's what time does: We stand stubbornly like rocks while it flows all around us, believing that we are immutable - and all the time we're being carved, and shaped, and whittled away.❞

 

And about her pregnancy:

❝..A private constellation: a star growing inside my belly.❞

I don't think I have ever read a nicer description of a woman being pregnant.

It was also sad to find out that Lena's father was cured. So the never-ending love her mother felt was one-sided.

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