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May 2013

Book Reviews, Books, Dystopian

Delirium – Lauren Oliver

May 28, 2013

Delirium Lauren Oliver

I am well and truly loving the hoard of dystopian books that are out there at the moment and there are far too many to choose from. The concept behind Delirium caught my eye a few months back and has been sitting in my Kindle just begging me to read it, so let’s find out what I thought of Delirium.

Imagine life without love. For 17 year old Lena, that’s reality. Love is considered a deadly disease which everyone should be terrified of, thankfully though there’s a cure. Every citizen undergoes a procedure at the age of 18 which will ‘cure’ them and keep them safe from harmful and sometimes deadly effects of love.

With 95 days to go until her 18th birthday Lena is looking forward to it, looking forward to being safe from the disease which ‘killed’ her mother, that is until she meets Alex.

 

My Thoughts

When I first heard about the book I was really interested in the concept, the idea of love being a deadly disease and locking up anyone who falls in love really captured my attention.

One of the things that I really loved about Delirium, and which really helped to immerse me into the book, was the snippets of books, laws, quotes and poems Oliver puts at the beginning of each chapter. It really helped me to understand the history in the book and what Lena had been taught.

As I say in most of my reviews, what makes me really love a book is if I feel for the characters and this book truly pulled that off, it kinda grabbed hold of my heart and didn’t let go until the last page. In fact no, that’s not true I’m still shocked by the ending now. Lena goes through some ups and downs and during the downs I really felt like I was aching and could feel her pain.

The main theme throughout the book was of course love, but Oliver didn’t just stick to talking about romantic relationships, she covered how Lena would feel when she could no longer feel love for her best friend Hana, something other authors may well have skipped over.

Lena was irritating in parts, at the beginning her fear and terror frustrated me but it got less annoying as I went on, perhaps because the more I read the more I could understand why she was feeling that way or because she got braver, or maybe both. The other two main characters Hana and Alex were really likeable and realistic, though it would have been nicer to get to know a bit more about Hana because she just came off as a bit rich and stuck up.

There were a couple of things that niggled me with Delirium, but they were relatively minor. Oliver kept mentioning small details over and over, such as Lena being 5 ft 2, it just felt a little unnecessary for that to be mentioned more than once. The other thing that bugged me, well not so much bugged be more made me sad, was Lena’s neighbours dog being killed. I just can’t deal with dead animals, though thankfully it wasn’t dragged out too long.

Delirium had me truly hooked and the ending, well I’ve still not recovered from it. I’m itching to read Pandemonium to find out what actually happened, though I get the feeling I’m not going to like it one bit.

All in all, Delirium was a great book which absolutely had me hooked and I just love the concept behind it.

4 out of 5

Have you read Delirium? If so what did you think of it? If not, would you read it?

xo

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Rosie Reads: The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

May 19, 2013

The Great Gatsby Review

I must admit I was inspired to read The Great Gatsby after seeing a trailer for the film, thinking it looked quite good however I really wanted to read the book first as in my opinion the books are always better than the films.

Truth be told, going into it I really had no clue what the book was about, other than it involved a lot of rather wealthy people and a lot of parties. I was expecting something brilliant.

The story is told from the point of view of a young man called Nick who moves East to New York. He himself isn’t all that wealthy but he finds himself surrounded by wealthy people; his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom, their friend Jordan and his neighbour the mysterious Jay Gatsby. Continue Reading…

Book Reviews, Dystopian

Rosie Reviews: Insurgent – Veronica Roth

May 18, 2013

Insurgent - Veronica Roth - Book Review

If you read my review of Divergent you’ll know I absolutely loved it and I was looking forward to reading Insurgent, but was unsure of reading it until just before the third book comes out because it’ll drive me nuts waiting to find out what happens. 

A couple of weeks ago I gave in and decided I needed to read it.

Insurgent follows on from the end of Divergent where Tris and Four have escaped and are heading to Amity. The book follows them as they try to figure out what is really going on, the real reason for putting the Dauntless under simulation, why the Divergent are so important all while trying to figure out who is really on their side and how to end the killing.

Both of Four’s parent are involved in this book and their agenda’s and thoughts are featured heavily in Insurgent. Tris hates his Father for what he did to Four but feels he is more trustworthy than his Mother who seems to have got the thousands of Factionless eating out the palm of her hand. While all of this is happening Tris is really struggling to come to terms with what she has seen, what she has done and the terrible grief of losing both of her parents.
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My Thoughts

I absolutely loved Divergent, it sucked me in right away however that didn’t really happen for me with Insurgent until about half way through the book. I don’t know if that’s because I was so busy I didn’t have chance to read that often or whether it’s because the first half wasn’t quite as good as Divergent. From the half way point onwards though I was completely hooked and managed to finish it in a couple of sittings.

Tris and Four’s characters seem to have changed a lot since Divergent. Tris seems to have become hellbent self-destruction, which left me shouting ‘don’t let your parents deaths be for nothing!’, thankfully towards the end she finally realises she needs to make her parents sacrifice worthwhile. Four just seems completely different from the Four we saw in Divergent and both he and Tris seem to be obsessed with starting arguments with each other for the sake of it, which really annoyed me.

In terms of the plot, it was good but confusing at times. There was a lot going on and it was clear that a lot of people had multiple agendas so sometimes it was hard to keep up with and I found myself having to remind myself what was going on. It’s fair to say I felt a bit lost at points.

Despite that though I was hooked to try and figure out what was going on and really enjoyed it, regardless of Tris being irritating at points.

There were a few surprises and some questions left unanswered, such as what have the Divergent got to do with helping the outside world? However I imagine Roth was building up to the third book where we’ll find out all about the outside world.

Just as I thought, the cliff hanger at the end is going to seriously bug me until Allegiant comes out later this year. I need to know who Edith Prior is! She said her name was originally Amanda Ritter, so I can only assume she’s going to turn out to be the grandmother of Tris and Caleb.

If you’ve read Divergent, I highly recommend Insurgent.

Have you read Insurgent? What did you think of it? 

4 / 5