Series: Delirium, Pandemonium, Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium Trilogy
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopia
Average Series Rating:
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love. (Taken from Goodreads)
Judge A Series By Its Covers:
Before Requiem came out, I actually liked the covers of Delirium and Pandemonium. I felt that the two covers emphasized evolution – the cover model on the cover of Delirium looked young while the cover model on the cover of Pandemonium looked older and wiser. However, the cover of Requiem ruined that aspect for me, and in the end, the only cover I think is okay looking is Delirium. The covers Pandemonium and Requiem are just not for me.
What I Liked:
- Lauren Oliver’s writing makes the entire series worth reading.
- The whole concept of love being a disease. It’s unique, never done before, and there were so many different directions Lauren Oliver went with the idea. That is what first drew me to read the Delirium series.
- I like the way Lauren Oliver ended the series. What she did was brave that no other author had really done before and it left everything else to our imagination.
What I Didn’t Like:
- The pacing of Delirium, the first book in the series, is reallyyy slow. Once you get past the world-building, everything just slows up. Just imagine, it took more than three pages to describe a short bike ride. Thank goodness it picks up from there.
- There is a love triangle. It gets resolved in one book (thank goodness), but it’s still there. I also don’t like how Lauren Oliver executed the scenes relating to the love triangle – it made me cringe every time I read about it.
- There are too many flaws in the series. In my opinion, the most important flaw in the series is The Crypts. Why would the Cured keep all the Invalids in one place, waste thousands of people acting as guards and resources, if they can just kill them like they did in the Wilds? I will like some answers, or at least, an explanation.
- The ending, while I like the reason why Lauren Oliver did it, was also disappointing. There are no solid answers and everything is left to the reader’s imagination. It’s like finishing a book…only to realize that the ending is missing.
Do I Recommend It?
If you’re the type of person who cares more about the writing style than the actual plot and don’t mind slow pacing (in the first book Delirium) and a love triangle (Requiem), then yes. Otherwise, this series might just not be for you.
Favorite Book in the Series:
- Delirium: I liked everything about it except for the pacing; the excerpts from the The Book of Shh, Lena’s first encounter with the boy she falls in love with, Grace’s role, and the cows.
- There is absolutely no doubt that Grace, tiny Grace, is my favorite character in the entire series. It’s amazing to see what she sacrificed out of her love for someone. She’s brave, absolutely fearless, and smart.
- Time jumps. It leaps. It pours away like water through fingers. (Delirium, 262)
- Anger is useful only to a certain point. After that, it becomes rage, and rage will make you careless.” (Pandemonium, 340)
- Once you let in the word, once you allow it to take root, it will spread like a mold through all of your corners and dark spaces – and with it, the questions, the shivery, splintered fears, enough to keep you permanently awake. (Pandemonium, 371)
- “You know you can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes, right?” (Requiem, 210)