The final instalment in the internationally bestselling Delirium trilogy. The thrilling climax to one of the most eagerly awaited series since The Hunger Games and Twilight.
"I've started dreaming of Portland again. Like a monster from one of the ghost stories we used to tell as kids, the past has been finding its way in. It bubbles up through the cracks when I'm not paying attention, and pulls at me with greedy fingers. This is what they warned me about for all those years: the heavy weight in my chest, the nightmare-fragments that follow me even in waking life.I warned you, Aunt Carol says in my head. We told you, Rachel says..."
©2013 Lauren Oliver (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
"The new Hunger Games . . . We loved the first two books, and spring sees the publication of the final instalment . . . With a movie trilogy in the pipeline too, you'd better get reading!" (Cosmopolitan)
"The final chapters of Lena Haloway's journey will have readers breathlessly turning the pages . . . A dystopian tour de force." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Lauren Oliver is the rising star of young adult fiction . . . [Delirium] deftly conjures up a recognisably dystopian parallel to our own world, as convincingly terrifying as the North America of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale." (Sunday Times)
I loved these first two books, great stories interesting characters and a great plot.
I couldn't wait for the last, but I was left disappointed. Its still a good book, but I felt the ending was so lacking, it needed to go further and the book needed to be longer.
I enjoyed the Hanna story in this one, far more interesting and gripped me, and a really interesting domestic violence, controlling relationship explored for that character.
Lana was a bit dull in this story and the love triangle bored me, at the end I wanted more, it needed to go and explore what next, it didn't to me feel like a "leave the ending to your imagination" type ending, but an ending where the author ran out of inspiration and got bored.
Fantastic Narration. Worth a listen if you liked the others.
I love audible and listen every day. My favourites are Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaimen and Stephen King.
As a middle aged woman who loves geeky fantasy books I wondered if I was too grown up for this series but I was so wrong. I loved them and started to bore all my friends by recommending them. Wonderful characters, well written and well read. These books swept me up. I think I even "loved" them but don't tell the regulators!
Why oh why does this book finish when it does? I need resolution and to me I have no more resolution at the beginning of the book than the end. It definitely does not feel like a final book in a series.
If I ignore the ending however the premise and the characters are great. I really related to the fact that no course of action will result in that perfect happy ending. That sometimes you find yourself in situations that you never dreamed of ending up in.
So I guess what I am saying is that I came to end of the series still not hundred percent sure that love is a good thing and only thing I felt sure of was that process of becoming a loveless society had become corrupted. (N.B. I love a book that makes me a little confused on what is right or wrong). So well done to Lauren Oliver for that.
I enjoy fantasy books the most, including the grimdark stuff. However I do try other types of books once in a while.
Okay so I will finally admit that the reason I listen to books like this is because I like soppy love stories (definitely not because I like dystopian story lines) - but the only truly satisfying love stories are the ones that end happy, and from the books I have been reading recently... I would say that there is no such thing as happy endings anymore!
I didn't enjoy the first two books as much because of my certainty that Lena would never find happiness even though love seems so within her reach also Lena is so emotional - I can't remember myself being that emotional or have I just forgotten? But I was satisfied with this ending, sometimes it better to leave something to the readers imagination! (Make my own happy ending maybe?)
I really liked this narrator too, I would definitely listen to other books she narrates if she changes genre - dystopian type books all seem to be the same and not really my thing in general.
There’s only one way to survive in this world: build walls. Everyone is doing it. Inside the Delirium free cities, they build walls to keep the disease out. Outside the cities, they build walls to keep the hurt out. Stuck out in the wilds, torn between the two boys who have each stolen a piece of her heart, Lena learns this skill quickly. But is it all worth it? Is life really any better under the guise of ‘freedom’ and how far is she willing to go to fight for what she believes in, if it means tearing down the very walls that protect her?
I cannot fully explain how Lauren Oliver’s writing skills have awed me. Every word, every sentence, every paragraph has been painstakingly selected to provide maximum emotional impact. Her descriptions catapult you into the wilds, until you can actually feel the bite of the cold and see the rays of glittering sunshine piercing the trees.
Lena’s character development was heart-wrenching in this installment. The intensity of her emotional state was further heightened by Hana’s point of view. From the beginning, I loved the character of Hana, but her journey has been more of a ‘character change’ rather than ‘character development’, in keeping with the storyline. I loved the diverging and converging storylines of the two best friend’s and felt that the ending tied up things nicely between them. It was also a wonderful reminder, in the midst of the love triangle, that there are other types of ‘deliria’ than just the romantic kind.
The resolution of the love triangle was not what I expected. In many ways, the entire ending left many things up in the air. At first, I was in two minds about this, but when I considered the purpose of the storyline, I concluded that it just wouldn't have been as effective with a more cut and dried approach. The entire series is about love and life and neither of those things is ever perfectly resolved or completed. I believe Ms Oliver wanted us to think about the issues she raised in her series long past the final page and in that mission, she has succeeded.
There were many times in this novel, when I began to question which side I was on, and whether the freedom to choose and to love really was something worth fighting for when it came at such a cost. This ability to make the reader feel and think is one of the rarest skills among good writers, especially when that writer makes you question the very premises she has established in the first series. I loved that we got to see things unfold from both sides of the wall. I also particularly enjoyed the parental themes, which included Raven’s wonderful character, and the effect she had on Lena.
Overall, this is one of the most thought provoking, well-written series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Now to search for more Lauren Oliver masterpieces…
"Two guys and one girl"
Two guys and one girl. Or maybe one couple and one guy. Scavengers or Invalids. Hanna comes up. She is cured and have married.
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