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How I felt starting Delirium:
How I felt after I finished Delirium:
What I felt like when I finished the trilogy:
5 Reasons I loved the Delirium Trilogy and I think you will too:
1. Characters and their development – First, lets talk about Lena. She goes from someone who obeys all the rules to the perfect definition of a rebel. She seems to be the average girl at first, just wanting to do what’s right, but soon ‘catches’ Amor Deliria Nervosa and all the associated symptoms.
The difference between uncured and cured Hana was also interesting. (I would put more but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone)
Grace had to be one of my favourite charaters in the Delirium world. Even though we only see her a short time in the series, she really pulled at my heart and I think next to Lena’s, her change was the most interesting. I would love to read more about what happened to her and Lena’s cousins after Lena left.
Finally, there’s Alex and Julian. I found Julian’s character changed most dramatically between the two. He was used to life inside the border, much like Lena at the beginning of the series and was suddenly brought into the Wilds and had to adapt. Alex on the other hand was used to life in the Wilds but was changed since we last saw him in Delirium.
2. Writing/Quotes – I really liked how all three books were written. The first had the little excerpts at the beginning of the chapters. The second went back and forth between when Lena first came into the Wilds and when she became part of the resistance. Requiem’s chapters alternated between the view points of Lena and Hana. I surprised myself by loving Hana’s points of view as much as, and sometimes even more than Lena’s. Up until this point we hadn’t heard from someone who has been cured so this was really interesting to see what the procedure does and how it affects everyone.
“I love you. Remember. They can not take it.” Delirium page 32 and 441
“It occurs to me, then, that people themselves are full of tunnels: winding, dark spaces and caverns; impossible to know all the places inside them. Impossible even to imagine.” Pandemonium page 276
“That’s what amazes me: that people are new everyday. That they are never the same. You must always invent them, and they must invent themselves too.”-Lena, Requirm page 98 (ARC copy)
3. The plot – A series about a world where love is a disease? That just screams ‘amazing’. It was a extremely unique idea and something I won’t soon forget. The way it was all laid out was thought provoking and I’m so glad I got the chance to read and review this series.
4. Attention to detail – It’s not just love as in girlfriend/boyfriend love that is taken away after the procedure, but love for your family, pets, and hobbies that you used to have as well. People in Delirium love their families because they have to. To add to that, after reading it, I feel like I’ve been to Portland and the Wilds because of the descriptive detail. It was also interesting how the symptoms of love can be turned into a disease. We all think of love as something good but in the Delirium world, it’s not.
5. The ending – Spoiler Free: I know a lot of people were disappointed in the ending, and I can see why they might be, but I personally found it great! I did have an advantage by being able to read all three books in a short time and didn’t have to wait a year or two. I feel like it shows that while things are starting to change, there is still a lot of work to do in order to erase what years of lies have built. I think the wall represents this well.
All in all, I found the Delirium series amazing and I’m sad to see it end.
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