Author- Lauren Oliver
Published- February 28th, 2012
Received from the library
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite. --Goodreads
Let's start with the cover first. Quite honestly, I am not as huge of a fan of this cover as Delirium's cover. I mean, yes, the cover is captivating and all, but it just didn't grab me quite as much as Delirium. Maybe it is the color that is throwing me off.....
I have heard many mixed reviews in the way this book is written. I thoroughly enjoyed the Then and Now parts, though I have to say I found the Now parts much more interesting. The Then parts were just monotone to me.
If I really sat down and though about how long it took me to really get into the story, I would have to say about page 200. Really and truly I wasn't completely enthralled until the last third of the book. Maybe it was because I was trying to recall what happened in Delirium? See, that's the problem with books being released a year apart. I can NEVER remember what happened in the first book!
I do feel like Lena grew more in this book. She is another kick-butt heroine, and I enjoyed her romance with Julien. But, the whole time I was aching for Alex. I missed him BADLY!
The end of the book was the best part. Oh. My. Gosh. This cliffhanger is INSANE! I need to know what happens next!
Spoiler- (highlight to read)
Ahhhh! Alex is back! I think my heart skipped a beat when I read that. Now there is a love triangle! Man does Mrs. Oliver know how to get her readers to come back for more!
Overall, this book was enjoyable. It was a little slow-paced, and lacked action for me. I did enjoy the romance, but need more! I definitely liked Delirium better. Regardless, I will be reading the next book.
I will be giving this book 3 stars!