Publication date: February 2012
For: Dystopian Challenge
Series: Delirium, Book 2
Things I Liked:
I'm kind of split on this one. I was still quite blown away with the writing - I just love how Oliver makes every scene come to life and feel so real. I thought it was a really interesting direction to take the story too - so different from the first book and not what one would expect of a sequel to Delirium. The dual narrative (same character, different time periods) was both good and annoying. I was impressed that neither storyline was more interesting to me than the other, as is usually the case for two alternating stories. I loved the new characters, Blue and Raven and Julian. I kept thinking it was very aptly titled too, since pandemonium described pretty much what was happening. Very well written, action-packed, and a surprisingly different kind of sequel. I'm very interested in what happens next, especially after that crazy ending!
Things I Didn't Like:
I think more so when reading this one than the first one (for some strange reason) I was annoyed at the completely implausible basis of the world: love is a disease and we need to have surgery to remove its effects. The world is very believably created, except for that basic premise. Also, I found it to be more predictable - I caught all the clues to what would happen long before it did. It didn't have much subtlety in that department, since I'm not generally that good at picking up on clues. The ending got to be a bit of a stretch for me too, but if I didn't think too hard on it, I was able to enjoy the story and characters and especially the writing. And I'm still interested to see where that final book leads us.
Start with Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Reminds me of the Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
The Matched trilogy by Ally Condie
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
cussing throughout with a handful of f-bombs
more sensuality than anything, but it's there
a few scenes of brutality, but not descriptive in detail
Overall rating: ****
What did you think of this sequel? And did you like it more or less than Delirium?
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