Re: Delirium Trilogy, Delirium Short Stories and Alex

 

This post was originally posted on my WordPress account on February 27, 2015.

 

It has been quite a habit for me to just focus on one hobby at a time. I really don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or if it’s just my mind’s way of telling me to learn how to prioritize.

I used to blog, write an update for my Wattpad stories, and read an e-book at the same week. However, these days, I’d decided to focus on my blog since I don’t have a solid scenario in my mind to update a story on my Wattpad account.

My creative ideas in writing a Wattpad update is non-existent these days probably because I haven’t read any books lately. I don’t really see the point of making a forced update for my stories. I just want the ideas to flow naturally for it to be convincing and more realistic.

Now, I’m back to my regular programming. Writing blogs here and there, reading e-books, and listening to music — these are my usual weekend routine when I’m not watching TV or watching some series or some movies.

Oh, I have just finished Pandemonium, Hana, Annabel, Requiem, Raven and Alex too!

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I bought Alex by Lauren Oliver and The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead on Google Play a week ago. It was good but it was also quite expensive.

I couldn’t get over that the Delirium series is over. It was a good read. It was very good that I had a hard time in transitioning from Alex and Lena’s dystopian world back to Sydney and Adrian’s vampiric world.

Delirium has a different flavor of romance compared to the other books that I have read. It has a different dystopian feel. Lauren Oliver’s take on the action part of the series was also different from the other books that I have read.

Richelle Mead’s The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series were action-packed which was also quite the same with Cassandra Clare’s The City of Bones. It has a different world and a different setting that combines the different Nightworlders. Both Richelle Mead’s and Cassandra Clare’s books also have romantic themes in their books but in my own understanding, the books are not just about love. I guess I miss the action rather than the romance in these books, that’s why I switched to The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare when I was just starting to read Delirium.

All in all, I want to give The Delirium trilogy and short stories a 4.5 rating based on how I liked the story, the characters and its narration.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. (Source)

 

This was originally posted on my Tumblr account on January 25, 2015. This is not a paid review.

 

After reading Bloodlines, a spin-off of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, I discovered dystopian fiction which is a new genre under the Young Adult section in the bookstore.

I’ve been hooked in dystopian fiction these days. It was quite a different genre. It was new and fast paced. The characters portrayed in most of the series aren’t damsels in distress. It features post apocalyptic stories with a hint of romance.

I started reading the Matched trilogy by Allie Condie, followed by the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I haven’t finished the Divergent trilogy because I stopped reading it when I reached the second book of the series. The plot of Insurgent by Veronica Roth was too dark for me at that time, so I tried to look for a light book to read. Divergent is like The Hunger Games.

I knew THG because I saw the movies but sad to say, I haven’t read any of those books yet. I can’t say that I’m a fan of THG because I just watched the movies out of curiosity. It has the same vibe with the mainstream movies that people rave about. I’m not into popular and mainstream movies or books that much.

Paper Towns? The Matrix? Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter? Kill Bill? Dear John? The Notebook? Nope. I haven’t read any of those books and seen those movies except for Harry Potter ‘though.

Anyway, I came across Delirium by Lauren Oliver while I was waiting for Ino in his office. I have tons of e-books on my Moon Reader Pro that I haven’t read and I was just in the mood to read at that time.

I still remember how it took me several tries before I got the hang of the first book of the Delirium series. What caught my attention and made me intrigued to read on was the plot, the pace, the characters’ personalities, and how it was narrated.

It had the Romeo and Juliet vibe. A tale of forbidden love because of their different statures in life. It talks about the protagonist who used to be a part of the society which was governed by the rules of the government, who later on becomes against it as the story progresses. It also talks about how their society foresees love as a disease.

According to wikipedia, Delirium is a dystopian young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver, published on January 1, 2011 by HarperCollins (HarperTeen), about a young girl, Lena Haloway, who falls in love in a society where love is seen as a disease. The novel is the first part of a trilogy, followed by Pandemonium.

 

I immediately read Pandemoniom as soon as I finished reading Delirium today. I’m on the third chapter of Pandemonium already and I’m still hooked.

I read some good reviews about Pandemonium and Requiem and they said that these books are more interesting than Delirium. I was captivated by the way it was narrated. I didn’t know what I was in for. I just knew that Love is a disease and that the people in this story are interesting. It has the same feels with Matched for me. It’s a little familiar. I imagine Alex and Kyle. I find both characters connected. In my mind, they have similarities that made reading Delirium easier to understand.

Of course they are two different characters, like two different people, but that’s how I can relate to them.

I’ve also learnt that Delirium was adapted as a TV series but was not picked up by FOX. It was starred by Emma Roberts, Daren Kagasoff, Jeanine Mason and Gregg Sulkin.

I have to see it before I pass my judgment on whether it’s good or not. I also read a certain comment on the TV series under Lauren Oliver’s Delirum’s page in Goodreads that the pilot was too fast-paced for the fans. According to the post, they squeezed the story in 40 minutes, which made the pilot episode too much to watch. They used the word ‘rushed’ and I have to see it before I agree or disagree.

I like reading Pandemonium. Most of the words are easy to understand and some of it are complex but all in all it’s okay. I like how Lena narrates the scenes. Although I can’t imagine some of the scenes because of my lack of imagination, but that’s my problem, not Lauren’s.

I haven’t seen Before I fall or her other books but I like the Delirium Trilogy so far. I heard Before I Fall talks about death and I tend to steer clear of those kinds of books like John Green’s The Fault of The Stars. Hello cancer!

I can’t say if TFIOS and Delirium are the same. Since I haven’t read John Green’s TFIOS and just saw the movie once, I can’t really differentiate the two books because I don’t know much about them yet. However, if I will base the TFIOS movie and Delirium as a book, I guess it is really different.

I don’t regret that I chose this book. It was really captivating and interesting for me. This might be my second favorite book after Richelle Mead’s The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.

I’m the kind of reader who prefers interesting plots. I didn’t even know that I’m reading YA novels until I got hooked with TVA, Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush series, Thomas Sniegoski’s Fallen series, Lauren Kate’s The Fallen, and the Thirst series by Christopher Pike.

Oh, I also liked Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series even before it became overrated in the Philippines. I guess, that was the first series that I enjoyed. It was introduced by my cousin, who was in high school at that time. She likes talking about it and we became close because of that. I guess, I became in love with fantasy series because of Twilight and I have to give that book the credit.