Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: February 7th 2012
They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.
And I've always believed them.
THE THREE R's
Now everything has changed.
Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.
I much preferred the wispy covers than the leafy ones; that said, I like how the leafy ones change from blue to green-orange to red (to show how Lena is blooming/growing. The cover of Delirium depicts a closed pod but on the cover of Requiem, the girl is surrounded by red, lush flowers).
It was the plot that drew me in. A world where love is forbidden? I wanted to know more.
It also helped that Lauren Oliver has a way with words, making even the simplest object seem like poetry. The narrative voice is flowing, steady, and easy to follow. It was just interesting enough to keep you reading to find out what happens next. The small fragments of society – the quotation of official documents, rules and regulations, children’s songs, and poetry– helps the reader to mentally construct and imagine Lena's world.
Unfortunately, there's is little explanation of how and when, exactly, it came to be that love was deemed so dangerous it had to be killed.
Also, I was not completely into the relationship between Lena and Alex. I get it (how else was Lena going to re-think everything society brain-washed her into believing if not by experiencing love first hand?) I just wasn't into it.
Steady-not too slow, not too fast- until half way through the book, then it's a race to the finish line. Lena is just awakening to the wrongness of the society so the build-up to her rebellion is gradual yet exciting enough to make you pick up the next volume in this trilogy.