Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pandemonium


Lena manage to escape from Portland's walls and into the Wild she goes. That escape came with a sacrifice which was Alex's life. She kept running and running but she was lost and also lost track of time. When she had no more energy, Lena just collapsed and lucky for her some people saved her. She was in and out of consciousness and wasn't aware where she was brought to but she only know that it was a woman who is caring for her injuries. After few days, Lena managed to wake up and found out that the person who saved her is Raven. The place where she is not the Wilds that Alex showed her but it was a homestead for quite a number of people. To earn her place, Lena had to help out with chores everyday.

Presently, Lena goes to school in Quincy Edwards High School which was an all girls school. She is also a support for DFA which stands for Deliria-free America. She has the procedure mark on her neck but secretly it's a fake one. Tack, Raven and her live under one roof as a family now but it's just a cover for them as they were members of the resistance.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver is the second book in the trilogy. The second book is just as good as the first one probably slightly better. I love how the writing in this book changed to two timelines that are alternating chapters. The events that happened in those chapters just keeps you reading because you want to know what happens for both the past and present, it's just so exciting. New characters are introduced and they are certainly interesting people. The male lead in this book has much character development and it's good getting to know him. How the female lead changed and adapted to situations amazed me and I love her more and more.

This book is as beautifully written as the first one and again I have two quotes that I absolutely love from the book.
"If you take, we will take back. Steal from us, and we will rob you blind, When you squeeze, we will hit. This is the way the world is made now." pg 181.

"Someday the eye will turn in this direction, like a laser beam, consuming everything in its path. Someday all the wilds will be razed, and we will be left with a concrete landscape, a land of pretty houses and trim gardens and planned parks and forests, and a world that works as smoothly as a clock, neatly wound:a world of metal and gears, and people going tick-tick-tick to their deaths." pg 349.

The meaning in this book is just so so good and important. Besides that, the turn of events certainly made this book fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start till end with no complains at all. I couldn't put it down till I have reached the end. I could slightly predict the ending of the book and I liked that it ended that way. This book is a good page turner. If you liked the first book, you'll love the second one. I'm looking forward to the ending of the trilogy. It's a must read for dystopian lovers.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Delirium


Lena was so looking forward to the cure most of her life. She just wanted to be cured and be happy since her mother suicide because of deliria. Lena now lives with her aunt Carol and live life according to the order for non-cured. Getting the cure before 18 is dangerous therefore it's not practised. Lena goes to an all girl school because of the disease hence the female and male under 18 goes to school separately to avoid being infected. Those who are not cured are not allowed to mix around the opposite gender that are non-cured and they have a curfew to not stay out pass 9 at night.

Lena and her best friend Hana were to be evaluated on the same day. The evaluation is to pick a match for them, those who are cured and graduated high school will be married if they were not going to college. Lena walked with her aunt to the lab while Hana got driven there by car. They both line up to wait for their turn and when it was Hana's turn she came to Lena and said something before going into the lab. What Hana said was not normal for her and it made Lena slightly nervous when it was her turn. Lena's evaluation was interrupted when there was noise outside the room and it turns out to be a stampede of cows wearing wigs and gowns.  Lena looked up at the observation deck and saw there was a boy there smiling at the incident that happened.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver is about a dystopian world where love is a disease and by 18 there will be a procedure that people undergo to completed be cured from it. I really really love this book, the idea/story is really original and good. What I love the most is the message that the author is sending out from the story. The other thing that I love about this book is the way feelings of our heroine is described. Below are two quotes from the book that I especially love but there are more because the whole book is like that, so beautifully written.

"My heart is drumming in my chest so hard it aches, but it's the good kind of ache, like the feeling you get on the first day of real autumn, when the air is crisp and the leaves are all flaring at the edges and the wind smells just vaguely of smoke - like the end and the beginning of something all at once."pg. 277-278

"Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side. Before and after - and during, a moment no bigger or longer than an edge." pg. 358

As for character development, it's just fantastic how the main heroine can grow so much and have so much insight. The side characters were also quite well written and certainly made the story interesting in their own way. I really love how the characters think and react to situations. I have to say that the plot of the story is ever so smooth with climatic situations happening at the right timing. I cannot predict much for this book which is the element that kept me reading on. A book that is so hard to put down because things that happen are just that good.

I really think this book proves that the author keeps getting better after writing Before I Fall. It's a fantastic book to read and I highly recommend to dystopian and contemporary readers. I can see myself picking up this book to read again soon because I greatly enjoyed the writing. I'm just so happy that I have the whole set and need not to wait for the second book. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Before I Fall




What if you only had one day to live?
What would you do? Who would you kiss?
And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. 

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

The alarm was ringing and Samantha was late for school soon. As usual her best friend Lindsay comes to pick her up and also Elody with coffee and bagel all ready for the girls. It was to be an exciting day as it's Cupid Day in school and also Sam was to spend the night at her boyfriend's place and have sex for the first time.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is a story about a girl and her journey to discover the mysteries of why the last day of her life is repeated 7 times. I read this book with not much expectations and no clue of the story at all. At the start, it was a tiny bit slow so that you get to know the characters in the story and slowly you'll learn more. The character development of this book is the thing that captured me followed by the events that unfolds. I really like how the main character developed and also for one more guy character. The relationships of the characters was also well written.

The plot of the book is at a good pace and I was shocked by some incidents that happened. While I could predict one of the things  that happened it was still a good read for me. The thoughts and the feelings of the main character was easy to understand and realistic. Although I was a bit sad about the ending but it definitely is a suitable one. A very good contemporary story as it highlights important things about high school life and also about actions and consequences. This book has a great moral to it and it's a good message for readers of young adult age where I believe it's an important message to spread. I highly recommend to all readers who love contemporary stories with a wonderful meaning to it.
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