Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I think i’ve been infected with amor deliria nervosa for a while now.

I kept on thinking how lauren oliver came up with a beautiful concept. Love as a disease sounds impossible and absurd at first, but it was introduced in a brilliant way with all the poems and paragraph from books oliver created. It added to the dystopic atmosphere during their times. I even found myself anticipating the beginning of every chapter. Plus the incredible writing skills of the author, her writing is just pure and heartfelt that i didn’t get tired reading how the story unfolds. I’ve been very much into dystopian novels nowadays so reading one is a pleasure to me. I wouldn’t compare it to the hunger games because i clearly understand that the author steered clear from the kind of story the HG is famous for. it is not as action-packed but it focuses more on the love story, of course it’s natural for it talks of love being a disease. And i think it’s emotional inclination to the readers is what made the book more interestng.

The plot chronicles the development of the forbidden love and as all forbidden love goes, there will come a time when people will try to tear it apart, which brings us to the ending. Well, it was touching and heartbreaking. I was impatiently waiting for the big climax when the there will be a great battle or something similar but it was rather different. After reading the last few paragraphs, i stared at the remaining blank pages and can’t believe it ended that way….

I wanted to go inside the book and throw Alex to the other side of the fence because i didn’t want to see sacrifices or even Romeo and Juliet references. The sight was just too unbearable. It’s very emotional, and i would recommend it to any sappy love story/dystopian fanatic out there. So now i can’t wait for the next book, pandemonium!

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

I finally read Divergent after hearing quite a buzz about it lately.It was often compared to the Hunger games so i got even more excited. Although I would still consider HG as the best dytopian novel, Divergent missed by a few points.

The society veronica roth pictured as  dystopia was strange at the same time genius.The atmosphere seem oppressed and dark. The five factions: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless,Erudite and Amity are great representations of what personalities of people in the real world are. I liked the heroine, Tris , because she is fearless and doesn’t act like a damsel in distress like someone i know ( uhhem!! Be-lla!). Four or Tobias(I really wanted him to go back to being Four, Tobias sounds funny and weak for his personality) , was cool that even though he’s not even trying to be overly heroic or handsome,you can’t help but to admire him. The other characters have great attributes as well, it’s exciting to watch them interact. There are times when it gets too violent and sometimes i think “Was that even necessary?” but roth  was just probably doing something new that we don’t normally read from a YA novel. The story was even made interesting bacause of the trainings they’re having.

The ending was okay to me but i wanted more actions because that’s what i was expecting. I also liked the look of the society, the way i imagined it is believable. I liked how the dauntless rides the trains, or how each person acts according to their chosen faction. It reminded me of the song from High School Musical, “Stick to the Status Quo”, where everyone are grouped to their own personalities. Anyway, it’s a great book and i can tell why so many people compared this to the Hunger Games. 

Unwind by Neal Schusterman

This book is CAPS LOCK AWESOMENESS! The first time I read the synopsis, I thought it would cause sheer boredom and end up wasting my time. But a lot of reviewers praised it so i decided to give it chance. I’m glad i did, because it turned out great. Yes it’s dystopian just like any other famous novels out there but what made it different is its unique plot and the engaging way it is told. I was already hooked while reading the first few chapters. The shifting point of views makes everything so exciting. I also like the characters, how they first met, how they managed to fight and survive their predicament, and how, in the end, they all got what they’ve been wishing for. The realities of life and the injustice acts and laws that they are facing during their era disturbed me so much. In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system. Who would want to sign a petition that entails their son/daughter’s death? Who would be willing to donate their son/daughter’s body parts? I guess it’s unthinkable in our time. But during dire circumstances, you’d probably think otherwise. For this, I commend Neal Schusterman. He was able to tackle a very sensitive issue yet an interesting one. Being a teenager myself, I was horrified by their doomed fates at the same time sympathized with them. I wanted them to resist, to fight, to survive, and to thwart the law that everyone thinks is right. That’s why I was satisfied with the ending. In fact, the author nailed it pretty well. I was happy with what happened to Connor, Risa and Lev. I also came to admire the admiral, I didn’t like him at first but i realized how he feels as a loving parent of an unwound. Unwind by Neal Schusterman is a great novel that has a lot to offer. It’s complete with action, romance, drama, humor, revelations and surprises. How I wish it has a sequel. It’s no doubt I’ll recommend this to my friends…