It took a long time for me to get around to reading the second in this series and I’m not sure why as I absolutely loved Delirium the first in the trilogy. However as the author is so good it didn’t take me long to get drawn right into the world that she has created. It’s an original idea that she has come up with especially in a world filled with so much young adult dystopia fiction at the moment. Most of it mediocre at best.
The strange thing about the main character, Lena, is that you don’t automatically love her but she somehow slowly makes you start to like her and eventually you find yourself rooting for her and really wanting her to come out on top. I really enjoyed the introduction of Julian as a new love interest even though it really surprised me. In a world where love is a disease and the main character had never experienced any kind of love before she met Alex in Delirium I didn’t expect the introduction of a new male character. However I liked Julian, possibly more than I liked Alex and I’m intrigued to see where him and Lena go in the final novel.
Storyline-wise, this installment was pretty fast paced and exciting. As I previously mentioned it didn’t develop in the direction that I thought it would. I assumed that Alex would somehow miraculously survive and that Lena would go on a dangerous rescue mission to save him or something along those lines. However Alex is just a painful memory for Lena and she believes him dead and gone. This instalment centers more around the Invalids living in the Wilds who take Lena in and she becomes part of the resistance.
Once again this author kept me enthralled and I’m looking forward to finishing up this trilogy.
- Requiem by Lauren Oliver (eunareadsbooks.wordpress.com)
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver (elizbartell.wordpress.com)