Delirium by Lauren Oliver (reread)

In anticipation of Pandemonium being released, I decided to reread Delirium – the first in this series – right before reading Pandemonium for the first time. I’m glad I read the book one more time because turns out I forgot a LOT of what happened. The general plot I still had outlined in my mind, but rereading the book made me realize just how many important details had escaped from my brain since I read the novel the first time.

If you recall, I LOVED Delirium when I first read it. I’m happy to report that it definitely stood up to my reread – that is to say, I loved it just as much the second time around. I can definitely tell how much I raced through the book when I originally read it, because so many of the details felt completely new to me. Obviously I read them the first time, but I was reading so fast to keep up with the plot that I didn’t recall a LOT of little things. However, the big stuff stuck with me from the first time and it was a much different experience reading the novel with the general knowledge of what was going to happen. I was able to relax, enjoy the characters more, and savor Oliver’s writing, as opposed to racing through the book to find out what happens next.

I have to be honest and say that I don’t love the new cover… I much prefer the original one, but I suppose you can’t have everything.

If you are a fan of this book and plan to read Pandemonium, I would highly recommend a reread of Delirium. Pandemonium starts off with a huge bang and if you are fuzzy on the details of the first book, you might find yourself lost in Lena’s new life. Just a suggestion – it definitely was the right choice for me.

Check back tomorrow because I’ll be reviewing Pandemonium, the second book in this exciting trilogy by the fabulously talented Lauren Oliver.


12 thoughts on “Delirium by Lauren Oliver (reread)”

  1. I haven’t started Pandy yet…I need to slog through my mandatory books first (like that awful book club one)! But it is high in the stack. See, I THINK I remember the important stuff about Delirium, but I guess I will see for sure. I do know that I loved that book. I can’t wait.

  2. I am planning on reading these one right after the other, and am so looking forward to it! I have heard amazing things about both, so I will be interested in hearing what you think of the second book. But I might have to skim that article for fear of spoilers! Great re-review today, Heather! Glad that you loved it the second time around!

    1. I loved Delirium both times, however the second time I was able to notice things I didn’t see the first time such as the quality of the writing, since I wasn’t racing through it so much.

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