Author: Lauren Oliver.
Published: February 28th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published 2012)
Sort: Part 2 of ‘Delirium’.
Part 1: Delirium.
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
This book was frustrating. I feel like an outsider with this series, because honestly, I don’t get the whole hype. Delirium was disappointing and this book was better, but still not mind-blowing. I guess this is just a case of ‘it’s me, not you.’ If you want to read this series and haven’t read Delirium, I suggest you skip the review.
Let me get started with the things I liked, because there were definitely some good about this book. I liked how it was separated in two parts. Every chapter switches between ‘then’ and ‘now’, giving us an interesting view on Lena’s new world. In the ‘then’ part, we see Lena right after her escape. Lena becomes part of a resistance group and in the ‘now’ we see their plan. Lena must spy and keep an eye on an important boy called Julian. When Lena and Julian are kidnapped together, they must come up with a plan to escape. Julian is a believer of the cure, but now he must work together with uncured people to save his life. This book was more action-packed than the first book and that worked better for me.
Another thing I liked was Raven. She is the leader of the resistance group and I admired her courage and strength. It’s not strange that people follow her orders and trust her. I wish we got to see more of her, because that brings me to the things I didn’t like. Lena.
Oh boy, this girl knows how to get on my nerves. She is the complete opposite of Raven. She whines, complaints about every thing and her feelings drove me nuts. One moment, she is crying over Alex, the other moment I see her drooling all over Julian. You can’t say that you loved Alex when you start to love another boy in such a short period of time. Perhaps it was better for her to get the cure, because feelings are strange to her. I was also conflicted about her ninja/damsel in distress actions. She manages to escape with Julian by a clever plan, but she was kidnapped in the first place because she was in panic running around in the dark, tripping over stuff and making noise knowing there were men out there.. She was just so moody.
I’ve read many people saying how much they like her writing-style, but I don’t see it. I’m sorry, but it’s just simple and nothing special to me.. I liked it and it was a fast read, but it’s not any better than the average book. The ending also bugged me. It was just too predictable and it made me role my eyes. Of course there had to be a love-triangle and I just wished authors were strong enough to keep their characters dead when necessarily.