Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy had been on my TBR list for quite some time, but it wasn’t until I had about fifteen students, all in one week’s time, command that I finally read these books. So, I just do what my students tell me, mostly because these girls were a little rabid and I was honestly a bit scared of them! haha
So, I finally read Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem by Lauren Oliver in early fall. I was on a bit of a necessarily review writing hiatus (life was crazy yo) so I decided to consider these books as a whole.
Overall, I thought the whole premise behind these books was really inventive. The idea of love as a disease that future governments would strive to eradicate is pretty interesting. I mean when you think about it, it does makes sense that love would be seen as the root of all the world’s problems. So I was impressed with the first book, Delirium and how Oliver portrayed this dystopian world where love was a thing to be feared. Overall, Oliver’s world building was pretty strong. I loved the excerpts from the Book of Shhh (Lena’s society’s holy book) and the legends and myths that were retold to fit the society’s needs.
The way society was set-up in Lena’s, the main character, world reminded me a bit of the society in Westerfeld’s Uglies series. When teens turn a specific age they are to undergo massive surgery to “fix” them. In the Uglies books it is to make them “pretty”, whereas in Oliver’s books the surgery is intended to cure one’s brain of the disease of love. When we meet Lena she is prepping for her soon-to-be-scheduled “cure” when someone comes into her life forcing her to rethink everything she has been told.
I really liked the first two books, Delirium and Pandemonium. In these first two books, Lena’s world slowly unfurls until the world she knew becomes a totally different creature altogether. The momentum was building just like the rebellion….and then we got to Requiem. Really, I was enjoying the book, not as much as the first two but enjoying it, and then we got to the ending. I’m not going to give anything away here, but talk about a let down! I felt like Oliver just left us with nothing and I was super disappointed.
All in all, this was a fun series. In the end however, I just wanted so much more than what Oliver was willing to give, I guess. I did enjoy the books however as a whole, and would recommend them to 7th grade readers and up who are fans of the dystopian genre.
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Length: Delirium (11 hours and 47 minutes), Pandemonium (10 hours and 37 minutes), Requiem (10 hours and 13 minutes)
Narrator(s): Sarah Drew
Series: The Delirium trilogy
YA/MG: MG or YA